Maple Hill basketball teams sweep Rensselaer at Coaches vs. Cancer Day

Maple Hill hosted its annual Coaches vs. Cancer Day Saturday, Jan. 5, with a full day of basketball games.

After the modified and junior varsity squads played, it was time for the varsity boys and girls teams to face Patroon Conference rival Rensselaer. The boys basketball team took the court first and pulled away for a 53-37 victory over the Rams.

Maple Hill grabbed a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and padded its advantage by outscoring Rensselaer 28-16 over the next two periods. The Wildcats’ defense played a major role, as it limited the Rams to a total of 13 field goals over the full four quarters.

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Nate Mannion had 22 points, and Rian Jewett contributed 12 points for Maple Hill. Fred Wagner paced Rensselaer with 11 points.

The varsity girls game was close through the first half before a 20-5 run in the third quarter propelled Maple Hill to a 55-35 victory over Rensselaer. The Lady Rams held a slim 25-24 halftime advantage before the Wildcats broke the game open.

Stacia Coyne led three Maple Hill players in double digits with 14 points. Lauryn Smith contributed 12 points, and Natasha Strock added 11 points for the Wildcats.

Mechalle Cancer scored nine points, and Navia Bynum chipped in with eight points for Rensselaer.

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