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Jan. 23 Hillsdale County high school hoops wrap


By RJ Walters / Daily News Sports Editor

As published in the Jan. 23 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News

Pittsford 59, North Adams-Jerome 29

Zac Vanlerberg, shown shooting a jumper, put up 12 points and three assists in Pittsford's 59-29 SCAA road win at North Adams-Jerome Thursday. Photo by RJ Walters, Daily News.

Zac Vanlerberg, shown shooting a jumper, put up 12 points and three assists in Pittsford's 59-29 SCAA road win at North Adams-Jerome Thursday. Photo by RJ Walters, Daily News.

Relentless defensive pressure and seven 3-pointers was more than enough for Pittsford to improve to 8-0 and put the Rams at 3-9. Garet Lee was his usual dominant self, with game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds. A 15-4 third quarter run put away N A-J. “I tried to control the tempo tonight and learned a lesson from it,” Rams coach Gary Beach said. “We can’t run slow tempo and we had no success finding open shots or getting into our sets.” N A-J was just 8-for-44 from the field. Zac Vanlerberg was good for 12 points and three assists, while Clark Pelham notched 15 points for Pittsford.

Three things we learned Thursday
Athens really is the class of the Big Eight in girls basketball
“Yeah, Athens is the best team in the Big Eight from what we’ve seen,” Reading head
coach Ryan Mulnix said after his team fell to the 9-0 Indians 61-44. “They pressed us and
one mistake becametwoandtwobecame three. Just not a good night.” Despite putting up
61 points, only one Athens player scored in double-fig­ures.
Also to note was the fact Athens held Reading senior Sydney Spragg to just two 2­point field goals.
Jonesville girls show renewed spirit
After several blowout losses the Comets had a 10-footer to tie it at the buzzer Thursday, but it fell just short.
Despite the 48-46 road loss to Athens, head coach Tom Dunn said it was an improvement over the last few weeks.
“We’re just trying to get the train back on the tracks,” he said.
Shaila Rossman put up 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Comets, continuing her stretch of strong play.
Wildcats could go 20-0
With still more than half the season to play it seems if the Pittsford boys team has the right recipe for success.
They start with defense, add in some great shoot­ing and have Garet Lee as their cherry on top.
They move the ball well and don’t seem to tire easily. Waldron and Jackson Christian seem like the only likely threats to the 8­0 Wildcats.

Player of the Day
Garet Lee
The feat: Pittsford’s triple-threat junior had game highs in points and rebounds to help his team remain unbeaten so far this season.
His numbers : Lee scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer and pulled down 14 rebounds in the 8­0 Wildcats win at North Adams-Jerome.

Unsung star
Clark Pelham, Pittsford
Most teams pay a lot of attention to Pittsford junior Garet Lee, but it is guys like the senior Pelham who make it difficult on opponents who like to collapse on Lee when he drives. He can stroke it from deep. He hit three triples and had 15 points Thursday.

Quote of the Day
“What’s he good at? Well he can handle the ball real good for a guy his size, he can drive, he can shoot, he can rebound and he takes advantage of his defenders.”
N A-J coach Gary Beach referring to Pittsford’s Garet Lee

Leading scorers
G. Lee (Pitts) 18 S. Rossman (Jville) 16 C. Pelham (Pitts) 15 Vanlerberg (Pitts) 12 A. Michael (Read) 12 S. Spragg (Read) 12
Top rebounders
G. Lee (Pitts) 14 S. Rossman (Jville) 13 J. VanWyck (N A-J) 7 Sigler (Read) 5
Defensive stars
Michael (Read) 3 stl, Weber (Pitts) 3 stl.

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About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.

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