The Poughkeepsie High School girls basketball team is showing signs of growth, coach Daniel Gil said, and escaped northern Dutchess County with a win.
Poughkeepsie beat host Rhinebeck 39-34 on Thursday.
“We came out very excited, but it looked like my girls got a little complacent,” Gil said. “Rhinebeck showed a lot of heart. I know we’re much better than what we displayed out there. We’re heading in the right direction and I’m very happy that we won and I look forward to seeing this team again on Monday.”
The Hawks and Pioneers will engage in a rematch at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Poughkeepsie.
Callia Cropp led Poughkeepsie with 14 points and Jazmin Diggs contributed eight. The Pioneers are 4-13. Gil praised contributions from Devin Tully (six points), Nicky Hyman (five points) and Susie Santiago (four points).
For Rhinebeck (4-11), Natalie Hutchins had 14 points and Rachel Tigges added nine. Rhinebeck coach Erin Doyle said point guard Alexandra Dunn fouled out in the third quarter, which took the Hawks out of an offensive rhythm.
“It was an extremely close game, but our shots in the beginning of the game couldn’t land,” Doyle said. “We could not make our foul shots.”
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