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Coupeville High School grad Kailey Kellner (center) is seen with college basketball teammates Danielle Hore (left), and Kelsey Carpenter. (Photo property of D’Youville College)

Kailey Kellner is hittin’ it big in New York.

The Coupeville grad was one of three D’Youville College women’s basketball players honored by the school at an awards ceremony earlier this month.

Kellner, who hit career highs in scoring and field goal percentage during her sophomore season, was tabbed for the Spartan Award by D’Youville coach Dan Glover.

Also honored were freshman Danielle Hore, named team MVP, and sophomore Kelsey Carpenter, who brought home the team’s Most Improved Player award.

Kellner was hailed for “consistently working on her game to make an impact for her team” and “being a presence in the gym working out and working on her game.”

The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.

During her time in Coupeville, Kellner played basketball and softball, was named as an All-Conference selection on the hard-court, and helped lead the Wolf hoops squad to the state tournament.

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Kailey Kellner tossed in eight points Saturday during the final game of her sophomore basketball season at D’Youville College. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kailey Kellner reached the end of the season doing what she does best – putting the ball in the bucket.

The Coupeville grad, now a sophomore at D’Youville College in New York, rattled the rim for eight points Saturday as the Spartans celebrated Senior Night with an 82-67 win over visiting Franciscan University.

The victory lifts D’Youville’s final record to 7-11 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference action, 10-15 overall.

The top six teams in the league advance to the playoffs, but the Spartans missed out on a postseason berth by a single win.

D’Youville finished strongly, winning two of its final three games, but a 2-7 stretch right before that made it hard to climb any higher in the 10-team conference.

From the outside, one could argue Kellner should have gotten more playing time, since the turnaround started when the former Wolf was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season.

Saturday, the Spartans honored seniors Monica June, Darian Evans, and Jordan Smith, then put the game away in the second quarter.

After heading into the first break knotted up at 12-12, D’Youville went on a 21-12 run across the next 10 minutes.

Kellner tossed in four of her eight points during the surge, and from there it was easy street for the Spartans.

Coasting home for the win with 26-24 and 23-20 advantages across the final two quarters, D’Youville sent its seniors, and the fans, back out into the 29-degree Buffalo weather with smiles on their faces.

Filling up the stat sheet, Kellner snatched four rebounds and dealt out an assist to go along with her eight points.

For the season, if you believe the D’Youville stat page (and that’s questionable, as Kellner was dinged twice this season by score-keepers who gave credit for her baskets to others), Coupeville’s progeny finished with 76 points, 44 rebounds, 17 assists and four steals.

Her best stat was her free-throw shooting, where she knocked down 14 of 19 shots. That pencils out to 73.7%, and was among the best totals posted by a Spartan in 2018-2019.

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Kailey Kellner rains death from above. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Kellner)

Shake up the lineup, shake up the results.

The D’Youville College women’s basketball team has seven players who have appeared in every game this season, but two of those hadn’t made a start.

That changed Monday, as the Spartans plugged Hanna Wozniak and Coupeville’s Kailey Kellner into the starting lineup, and suddenly got a different result.

Sparked by a huge fourth-quarter three-ball off the fingertips of the former Wolf gunner, D’Youville pulled away late to stuff visiting Medialle 84-71 and keep alive its playoff hopes.

The win, which lifts the Spartans to 6-10 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 9-14 overall, snaps a three-game losing skid. D’Youville had dropped seven of its last nine.

With the victory, Kellner and Co. stay a game back of the final postseason berth, with two regular season games to go.

D’Youville hits the road Wednesday to face league leader Hilbert (13-3, 18-5) in Hamburg, NY, before closing at home in Buffalo Saturday on Senior Night against cellar-dweller Franciscan (2-14, 2-20).

The decision to switch up the starting lineup paid big dividends for the Spartans coaching staff, especially when it came to Kellner.

She scored in three of four quarters, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of action.

Kellner struck early and late, and the #30 scorer in CHS girls basketball history used her trademark long bombs to do much of the damage.

D’Youville fell behind early, but got back in the game when Kellner kicked off an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter.

Splashing home a three-ball, the former Wolf pulled the Spartans to within 8-6, and that set off a tense back-and-forth affair through much of the game.

Trailing 21-19 at the first break, D’Youville forced a 39-39 tie at the half, before closing the third with the slimmest of leads at 56-55.

The Spartans had busted out to a 10-point lead in the third, only to give it all back, and Medialle actually surged ahead briefly in the fourth quarter.

Enter Kellner, who was sitting with five points after adding a third-quarter layup to her tally.

Operating behind the arc, where she lives to drop daggers, she rippled the net with her second trey of the night, staking the Spartans to a 61-58 lead they wouldn’t surrender over the game’s final six minutes.

Kellner slapped home a layup to stretch the lead out to six points with 3:32 on the clock.

After that, D’Youville, which finished with five players with double-digit scoring, closed the win by hitting its free throws down the stretch.

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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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