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Kailey Kellner (right), seen with Coupeville teammate Tiffany Briscoe, scored seven points Saturday in a college hoops game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Given the chance, Kailey Kellner is contributing.

The Coupeville High School grad, like many of her D’Youville College women’s basketball teammates, has seen her minutes wildly fluctuate this season.

Saturday was one of the better times, as Kellner was on the floor for 18 minutes, giving her time to drop in seven points, deal out two assists and snag a rebound.

It wasn’t quite enough to save her team, however, as a terrible third quarter doomed the Spartans in an 89-55 loss at Penn State-Altoona.

The defeat drops D’Youville to 5-10 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 8-14 overall, and makes its pursuit of a postseason berth that much harder.

The Spartans sit in eighth-place in the 10-team league, and only six squads get to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

With just three games left, and one against league-leading Hilbert, it will be an uphill climb for D’Youville.

Saturday, the Spartans fell behind 19-10 after one quarter, and 39-26 at the half, but it was a 30-9 third quarter which hit like an avalanche.

D’Youville played its best ball in the fourth, coming away with a 20-20 tie as Kellner scored five of her seven points in the final frame.

She swished a pair of free throws early, before closing the game with a vintage three-ball.

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Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner swished a pair of three-balls Wednesday in a college basketball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Shooters gotta shoot, but rebounders gotta rebound, too.

Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner did her part Wednesday, dropping in a pair of long three-balls, but her D’Youville College women’s basketball teammates couldn’t keep their rivals off the boards at the end and it killed them.

Penn State-Behrend only held a 40-37 rebound advantage at game’s end in Erie, Pennsylvania, but grabbed boards when it mattered most in the final three minutes.

That allowed the host Lions to keep returning to the foul line, and Penn State closed the game on an 8-0 surge, winning a key league game 66-61.

The loss drops D’Youville to 5-9 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 8-13 overall.

With just four games left in the regular season, the Spartans are still scrapping for a playoff berth, but watching their postseason ticket slip further away.

D’Youville sits in 8th place in a 10-team league, a game-and-a-half out of 6th, which is where the playoff cut is made.

Kellner and Co. stay in Pennsylvania for now, and will play Penn State-Altoona Saturday afternoon.

After that, the Spartans close with two of their last three at home.

Wednesday’s match-up in Erie, just a short 2,558.9-mile trip from where Kellner played high school ball, offered a prime chance for D’Youville to make a positive move in the standings.

The Spartans rolled out an early 19-14 lead after one quarter of play, then surged to a double-digits lead midway through the second frame.

Kellner, after snagging a defensive rebound, came down and torched Penn State for a trey which stretched the margin to 26-16.

Things got dicier after that, however, as the Lions crawled back into the game, pulling within five at the half, and getting all the way back to just a basket behind after three quarters.

With the action going back-and-forth, Kellner hauled down a second rebound, which set up a teammate for a bucket, then drilled her second three-ball to push D’Youville in front 47-45 late in the third.

The Spartans led the game until late in the fourth, taking their final lead at 61-58 after Monica June slipped a pair of free throws through the net with 3:16 left on the clock.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, they went ice cold after that, missing their final six shots while Kellner sat on the bench.

Penn State wasn’t perfect down the stretch, clanking four of 10 free throws in the final three minutes, but it kept on snagging rebounds, and getting more freebies, until things piled up in its advantage.

Kellner, who played 11 minutes, finished with six points and two rebounds.

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CHS grad Kailey Kellner lets fly during a college basketball game. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Kellner)

Welcome back to the floor.

As she plays her sophomore season at D’Youville College in New York, Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner has seen her minutes bounce all over the place.

She’s far from the only Spartans player to be experiencing this, as their coaches, at least from the outside, seem to be experimenting a bit, mixing and matching lineups.

The key is to stay ready, whether you get three minutes on the floor or a season-high 24, like Kellner did Saturday.

Facing off with league-leading La Roche in Pittsburgh, the former Wolf used her time well, popping for eight points, hauling in three rebounds, dealing out four assists and snatching a steal.

While it wasn’t quite enough to fuel an upset, as the home town powerhouse escaped with a 78-67 win after the game was tied with eight minutes to play, Kellner’s play will hopefully pay off with more-consistent minutes.

Her points came courtesy a long jumper and a pair of three-balls, the second of which knotted the game at 55-55 two minutes into the fourth quarter.

D’Youville is chasing a playoff berth, sitting at 4-7 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 7-11 overall.

The Spartans are tied for seventh in a 10-team league, a game off the sixth, and final, playoff berth with seven regular-season games left to play.

Other than La Roche and Hilbert sitting in a tie atop the standings at 10-2, the standings are jammed fairly tightly.

D’Youville is both two games out of shooting all the way up to fourth, and two games away from crashing into dead last place, making the remaining games ultra-important.

The Spartans kick off a three-game home stand next Wednesday, Jan. 30, with Medialle College coming to Buffalo.

Kellner, who is one of seven players on a 13-woman roster to have played all 18 games this season, is averaging 2.3 points a night.

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Coupeville’s Kailey Kellner, here with parents Tim and Jennifer, knocked down a pair of three-balls Sunday to help D’Youville College win a basketball thriller. (Photo courtesy Kellner family)

Things are on the upswing in New York.

Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner and the D’Youville College women’s basketball team are off to a 3-2 start on the season after pulling out a 69-66 thriller Sunday against Cazenovia College.

That’s a marked turnaround from a season ago, when the Spartans finished 5-20 and claimed only one non-conference victory.

Now, D’Youville has already tripled that number, giving them a boost heading into their first round of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games.

During Kellner’s freshman season, the Spartans finished ninth in the 10-team league. Right now, they boast the second-best record of any team from the conference.

D’Youville will get a big test this coming Wednesday, Nov. 28, when it hosts defending league champ Hilbert, which sits at 5-2 in non-conference play.

Winning tightly-contested games, like the Spartans did Sunday, bodes well for the future, though.

The two squads went toe-to-toe, shot-to-shot, swapping razor-thin leads at every break.

D’Youville was up by a single point, 17-16, at the end of the first quarter, while Cazenovia rebounded to claim a 35-34 advantage at the half.

The Spartans poured in 22 third-quarter points, their best showing of the game, to edge ahead 56-55 heading into the fourth, then clamped down on defense to close out the win.

Kellner was a big part of the win, coming off the bench to drop a season-high seven points in 16 minutes of action.

She knocked down a pair of long three-balls, slid a key free throw through the net at the end of the second quarter and also snagged two rebounds and made off with a steal.

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   Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner has played in all 22 games as a freshman at D’Youville College. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fight till the end.

With their playoff hopes all but extinguished and trailing by 30 heading into the fourth quarter Wednesday, the D’Youville College women’s basketball squad could have easily given up.

Instead, the plucky Spartans, and Coupeville grad Kailey Kellner, fought back, carving away more than a third of their deficit with a 19-8 surge to close the game.

Time ran out, though, and D’Youville fell 61-42 to host Hilbert College, dropping the Spartans to 4-11 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 5-17 overall.

The Spartans, stuck in ninth-place in the 10-team league, sit three games back of the final playoff spot with three to play.

Hilbert (14-1, 17-5) is atop the conference and closing in on a league title.

Kellner, a freshman, came off the bench to play 18 minutes Wednesday, tossing in a pair of free throws, snagging five rebounds (second-best on the team) and rejecting a Hilbert shot.

For the season, she has 53 points, 57 rebounds, 24 assists, five blocks and eight steals.

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