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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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Kailey Kellner, here back in her high school days, is a sweet-shooting sophomore at D’Youville College in New York. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kailey Kellner is New York’s modern-day answer to John Havlicek.

Coming off the bench Monday as D’Youville College’s sixth man (or woman), the Coupeville High School grad pulled down almost as many minutes as the other five Spartan bench players combined.

And Kellner used her time well, banking home five points, including her first three-ball of the season, while also snagging four rebounds.

It wasn’t enough to save the D’Youville women’s basketball squad, however, as the Spartans fell 79-63 to visiting Elmira.

The non-conference loss evens Kellner and Co.’s record at 1-1 on the young season.

Like Havlicek, who revolutionized the sixth-man role during his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics, Kellner gave her team a spark when she hit the floor.

The former Wolf sharpshooter logged 15 minutes, while the other five Spartans on the bench Monday combined to play 17 minutes.

Maybe the D’Youville coach should have put Kellner in the game a wee bit quicker.

When she made her first appearance of the night, a minute-and-a-half was gone in the second quarter and the Spartans trailed 29-14.

Less than 12 seconds later Kellner tickled the bottom of the net with a sweet jumper, followed shortly by glomming on to a pair of rebounds.

She also netted her trey during her run on the floor in the second quarter, providing the kind of instant offense D’Youville had trouble mounting the rest of the night.

The Spartans fell behind by 10 after one quarter, watched the margin widen to 14 at the half, then staged a 13-7 run in the third to tighten things up for a moment.

Elmira finished emphatically, however, rolling up a 26-18 advantage down the stretch to notch its first win of the new campaign.

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   Kailey Kellner, seen here during her high school days, drained her first college three-ball Friday night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mark the moment down for posterity.

Two minutes and 57 seconds to play in the third quarter, second game of the season.

Ball goes up. Ball comes down. Splash city.

Kailey Kellner hit a ton of three-balls during her days running the basketball court at Coupeville High School, and now she can say she’s hit a college trey as well.

The D’Youville College freshman swished her first in-game three-ball in a Spartan uniform and finished with six points, one of the few bright spots on a night when Kellner and her teammates fell 80-50 to SUNY-Poly.

The loss, coming in the opening round of the SUNY-Canton Tip-Off Tourney in New York, drops D’Youville to 0-2 on the still-young season.

The Buffalo-based Spartans wrap the two-day event by playing the tourney hosts Saturday afternoon.

Kellner had the second-most minutes of any D’Youville bench player Friday, and she used those 13 minutes well.

She added three free throws to her trey to pile up six points, which was the second-most on the team, trailing just starter Monica June, who went for seven.

After a very-close first quarter which ended with SUNY-Poly clinging to a 20-17 lead, things took a sharp downward turn for the Spartans in the middle two periods.

SP used a 21-5 second quarter surge and a 21-12 run in the third to effectively put the game on ice.

Khristaijah Jackson paced the winning Wildcats, exploding for a game-high 26 on 12-15 shooting from the floor.

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Joey Lippo (John Fisken photo)

Joey Lippo, gunslinger. (John Fisken photo)

Now you can relive the shot of the year again and again.

Coupeville High School junior Joey Lippo put up the final shot of the 2016-2017 Wolf boys basketball season, draining a three-ball from well behind the half-court line at the end of a playoff loss to Bellevue Christian.

The shot, which came on the move, put a sweet cap on a season which had its share of struggles, and provided the first building block for next season and beyond.

Now the shot has surfaced, in all its glory, on YouTube, five seconds of Bow Down to Cow Town in living color.

For your award season consideration:

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