Kate Cain scored more points than she had in a basketball game, including travel and AAU ball, when Pine Bush traveled to Newburgh Free Academy Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Pine Bush went on a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter as Cain scored 45 points in the 58-38 victory over the Lady Goldbacks
“Wow,” she said surprised after being told of those 45 points.
“I did not expect that.”
Cain is six-feet, five inches tall, and her teammates kept feeding the ball to her all night under the basket, where she easily put it in. When she was fouled, she hit all five of her free throws.
“I was open a lot. In all honesty, I probably missed more than I wanted to,” she said. “I kind of don’t do the math, I just keep going for the good of the team.”
Pine Bush led 13-10 at the end of the first when Newburgh’s Alaysia Walters, who had another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, hit one of her four threes to tie it 13-13. Cain came back with a three-point play to make 16-13 as Pine Bush took off and never looked back, leading 27-20 at the half.
Pine Bush’s lead was cut to five points, leading 37-32, at the end of the third quarter before Cain scored 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Newburgh’s total offense wilted with six points.
“We just don’t have enough offensive production,” said Rich Desiderio, Newburgh’s coach, after his team dropped to 1-9. “If we had more production, it would have put more pressure on them.”
But that wasn’t a problem for Cain and her teammates, as they improved to 5-5 after finding the rhythm to work as a team.
“In the beginning of the season they didn’t know how to pass it to me,” said Cain. “They were doing really well (tonight), and (making a pass) when they needed to.”
The Lady Goldbacks, after reaching with the sectional AA title game last year, are still looking for more as Walters does plenty for the team at both ends of the court. Kayla Walsh, who did not start the game, was Newburgh’s second-leading scorer with seven points.
“We have starters and getting nothing out of them. We have to make some changes and hope for the best and just keep working hard, that’s all,” said Desiderio. “It’s a tough spot.”
By Bond Brungard