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Lady Rams Take 14th Straight Delaware League Championship at the Buzzer

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/23/24 | 2/23/24

By Liz Page

DELHI – The South Kortright girls claimed their 14th straight Delaware League championship last Thursday at the Clark Field House on the SUNY Delhi campus. The SK Lady Rams defeated Charlotte Valley 43-42 for the title. Lexi Hendrickson, who had just been moved up from the junior varsity squad,, which is tradition,  sank a three-point basket to clinch it by a single point with less than five seconds remaining on the clock. 

Addie Eckert scored 21 points under heavy pressure from Charlotte Valley to lead all scorers. 

Charlotte Valley was led by Brinlee Wright's 18 points with Ella Gerster chiming in another nine points.

The game went back and forth, changing lead numerous times, with Charlotte Valley up by nine points at one time. However, SK fought its way back and a big third quarter for Eckert got them back on top by a single point heading into the final quarter where Charlotte Valley went ahead by as much as six points before SK tied it again. Charlotte Valley then went on top by two points as Wright hit a layup with about 15 seconds to go. With SK's possession, the ball found its way into the hands of Hendrickson, after a missed attempt by another teammate. She's known for hitting three-pointers. She put the ball up and in it went with five seconds on the clock.

It stunned the fans on both sides. 

Now it is on to sectional action this week, with South Kortright, Charlotte Valley and Stamford/Jefferson girls all entering from the Delaware League. SK  had a bye from Tuesday's opening round, while Charlotte Valley defeated Laurens/Milford and Stamford/Jefferson defeated Odessa-Montour to advance to the quarterfinals set for Friday, Feb. 23 at the higher seed.

SK will host Worcester on their home court at 6 p.m., Charlotte Valley will travel to Edmeston/Morris and Stamford/Jefferson will be on the road to Cherry Valley-Springfield.

Semifinals will be back at SUNY Delhi on Feb. 27 with the sectional championships set for March 2 at SUNY Delhi.

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