Girls’ Basketball Dec. 28-30

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Dec. 30

Strong defense lifts Greene to repeat title at Oxford

Oxford Holiday Tournament
Greene 37, Walton 16
Afton 44, Oxford 35
OXFORD — Greene took command of the Oxford Holiday Tournament championship game in short order on Wednesday night.
Off the opening tip, Alyssa Sands drove into the lane and passed out to tournament MVP Katie Carey for a three-pointer. Carey had two threes in the first quarter, while Sands splashed down with her own trifecta lifting Greene to a nine-point lead over Walton after the first eight minutes.
“Alyssa and Katie had us on a roll right away,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton.
Suffocating defense, though, proved the Trojans’ forte. In two tournament games, Greene — winners now of five straight games — allowed just 18 points per game.
“We’re working hard playing man-to-man defense and having everyone on the team step in and do it,” Gorton said. “We’re moving our feet and not getting beat off the dribble. It makes things a lot easier for your offense.”
Carey had 11 points in the victory and Sands scored seven. McKenna Sergi and Emma Smith logged big defensive statistics. Sergi had a team-high four steals, and Smith blocked four shots.
The victory was the fifth straight for Greene (6-2), which plays Harpursville at home on Tuesday.
In the consolation game, Afton denied Oxford its first win in nearly two seasons hitting 13 combined free throws in the first and fourth quarters to hold off the Blackhawks.
“I thought we came out with a lot more energy and effort than yesterday’s game (against Walton),” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “Other than giving up the free throws in the first quarter, I thought we played pretty well.”
Afton was in the two-shot free throw bonus four minutes into the game and hit eight freebies to lead 13-9 at the first turn.
Afton took a slim lead into halftime, and had that margin cut to 20-19 one minute into the third after Oxford’ s Rachel Seiler hit a three.
The Blackhawks forced a turnover on the next possession, and drove to the basket for the go-ahead points. The host team, however, was called for a charging call waving off the basket.
On the ensuing possession, the Crimson Knights’ Paige Polizzi nailed her second three of the game restoring Afton’s lead to four points.
“Polizzi hitting the three was probably the biggest basket of the game,” Palmer said. “After we cut the lead to one, we didn’t score again for five minutes and 23 seconds.”
Alex Alford led Afton with 14 points, and Shakari Coss scored 13.
Hannah Ryan scored nine points to top Oxford’s scorers, while Raigen Ehly netted eight.  Oxford hosts Delhi on Tuesday.
Championship Game
Walton: K. Huntress, 0; K. Smith, 2 2-4-7;  K. Maguire, 0 1-2-1; Wagner, 1 0-0-2; Crandall, 0; M. Clough, 1 0-0-2; Twyman, 0; Cobb, 0; O. Harby, 2 0-0-4. Totals:  6 3-6-16.
Greene: McKenna Sergi, 3 0-0-6; S. Brown, 1 0-0-2; A. Sands, 3 0-0-7; E. Montelione, 1 0-0-2; M. Klecha, 0; N. Flohr, 3 0-0-6; M. Borchardt, 0; A. Platta, 1 1-2-3; Katie Carey, 4 0-0-11; E. Smith, 0; M. Brown, 0. Totals: 16 1-2-37.
Walt   4   2   6  4–16
Gre. 13 13  9   2–37
Three-point goals:  (G) Carey 3, Sands, (W) Smith.
Consolation Game
Afton: Shakari Coss, 4 4-8-13; Paige Polizzi, 2 4-8-10; Keegan Winans, 0; Abby Beaulieu, 0 2-4-2; Amber Robertson, 0 1-2-1; Casey East, 1 1-4-3; Maya Kenyon, 0; Caleigh Stevens, 0 1-2-1; Alex Alford, 5 4-5-14. Totals:  12 17-33-44.
Oxf:  S. Hodge, 0 0-2-0; Kylie Roys, 0 2-2-2; Layla Kriz, 0; Jackie Murrer, 0; Leah Karn 1 1-2-3; Katelyn Diamond, 3 0-0-6; Hannah Ryan, 4 1-4-9; Raigen Ehly, 4 0-0-8; Rachel Seiler, 1 4-6-7; Rachel Tefft, 0. Totals:  13 8-16-35.
Aft      13   5  14  12-44
Oxf.    9      7  9  10–35
Three-point goals: (O) Seiler, (W) Polizzi 2, Coss.
All-Tournament team:  Leah Karn, Oxford; Shakari Coss, Afton; Olivia Harby, Walton; McKenzie Clough, Walton; Alyssa Sands, Greene; Katie Carey, Greene (MVP).

Dec. 29

Bobcats roll to tournament title

Kazalski Tournament
Bainbridge-Guilford 57, Unatego 28
BAINBRIDGE – Unatego made the mistake of allowed Megan Palmatier to freely roam on the low block.
Palmatier scored 12 points in the first quarter – all on inside moves – finishing with 19 points as Bainbridge-Guilford routed the Spartans in the Kazalski Tournament championship game Tuesday night.
Palmatier finished with 19 points, and was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player.
“Megan came out ready to play,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “They came out in man defense, and we posted her up. She is pretty strong in the post.”
With the Unatego defense sagging toward Palmatier in the second quarter, sophomore guard Jillian Cannistra broke loose for eight points including a pair of three-pointers.
Abi Selfridge added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win and Cannistra finished with 10.
B-G (6-3) visits Unatego next Tuesday.
Unatego: Cerar, 0; Beth Carey, 1 0-0-2; B. Faulkner, 1 0-0-2; M. Faulkner, 5 2-2-12; Samantha Pickaard, 1 2-2-4; Howell, 0 1-2-1; Hazel Haehnel, 1 1-3-3; Walker, 1 0-0-2; Barber, 0 1-2-1. Totals:   10 7-11-27
B-G:   Nordberg, 0; Miller, 0; A. Selfridge, 3 5-5-11; Molly o’hara, 2 0-0-4; J. Cannistra, 4 0-0-10; R. Reyes, 2 0–0-4;  K. Thornton, 4 0-0-9; M. Palmatier, 9 1-2-19. Totals:  24 6-7-57.
B-G:   19 15  6  17-57
Unat   7   4   8   8-27
Three-point goals:  (BG) Cannistra 2, Thornton.

Unadilla Valley Tournament
Sherburne-Earlville 62, Unadilla Valley 35
NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley was unable to keep pace with Sherburne-Earlville’s prolific offense as the Marauders captured the UV Holiday Tournament title Tuesday night.
Tournament MVP Savannah Irwin pumped in 24 points, all-tournament pick Lilly Berg added 12, and junior Lexi Elderkin scored an even dozen as well.
UV had its best offensive quarter in the first, but still trailed S-E by seven, 21-14.
Irwin provided all off the Marauders’ scoring offense in the second tallying 11 points to help stretch the lead to 14.
A 26-point point third quarter put a stamp on the victory. Berg, Irwin, and Elderkin all had six points during the period.
“They could not miss in the third quarter – any of their players,” said UV coach Brandi Whitbeck.
S-E coach Karen Mulligan was happy about how her team buckled up the defense.
“After the first quarter, I thought we played really tough halfcourt defense, and focused on taking away their dribble penetration,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan.
UV’s Sierra Badger had a strong final quarter finishing with a team-high 17 points. Badger and teammate Shelby Meade were the Storm’s all-tournament picks.
S-E:  M. Simpson, 1 0-0-2; Miranda Wright, 4 0-2-8; Lexi Elderkin, 4 2-2-12; K. Furner, 1 0-0-2; Savannah Irwin, 8 4-5-24; Shay Franklin, 0; C. Beckwith, 1 0-0-2; Lilly Berg, 5 2-4-12; Madison Mullenax, 0 0-0-0. Totals: 24 8-13-62.
UV:  Carpenter, 0; Sierra Badger, 7 3-6-17; J. Oglesby, 2 0-0-4; Hunter Lakin, 2 0-0-4; Gina Del Sontro, 0; Shelby Meade, 2 0-2-4; A. Oglesby, 1 0-2-2; K. Fairchild, 0 0-2-0; Anderson, 0; Winter, 0; Williams, 1 0-0-2; Brown, 1 0-0-2;Nogaret, 0; Bard, 0. Totals:  16 3-12-35.
S-E      21   11  26   4-62
UV      14   4    8   9–35

Oxford Tournament
Greene 41, Afton 20
OXFORD – In the first round of the Oxford Tournament, defending champion Greene held Afton to just 11 points through the first three quarters to advance to Wednesday’s championship game.
Katie Carey, last year’s tournament MVP, had six points in the opening quarter, and Alyssa Sands provided a pair of hoops to lift the Trojans to a 13-4 advantage.
Carey wound up with 12 points and Sands added 10 in the victory.
Greene:  McKenna Sergi, 1 0-0-2; S. Brown, 0; Alyssa Sands, 5 0-2-10; Emily Montelione, 1 0-2-2; Mary Klecha, 1 0-0-2; Nicole Flohr, 2 0-2-4; Mary Borchardt, 2 0-0-4; Audrey Platta, 0 1-6-1; Katie Carey, 6 0-1-12; Ema Smith, 2 0-0-4; Maria Brown, 0. Totals:  20 1-13-41.
Afton:  Coss, 1 3-6-5; Polizzi, 1 2-4-4; Winans, 1 0-0-2; Beaulieu, 0 1-4-1; East, 1 0-0-2; Kenyon, 0; Palmatier, 0; Stevens, 2 0-0-4; Alford, 0 2-4-2; #20, 0 1-2-1. Totals:  6 8-20-20.
Afton 4    2   5  9–20
Gr.      13  8  10  10-41.
Three-point goals:  none.
Walton 52, Oxford 16
Walton:  Kimmie Huntress, 1 0-2-3; Kelsey Smith, 4 0-0-10; Kate Maguire, 2 3-3-7; Waymarm, 0; Crandall, 1 0-0-3; McKenzie Clough, 4 2-4-10; Twyman, 0; Cobb, 0; Olivia Harby, 5 9-14-19. Totals:  17 14-23-52.
Oxf:   Sarah Hodge, 1 0-0-2; Kylie Roys, 0 0-2-0; Layla Kriz, 0; Jackie Murrer, 1 0-0-2; Leah Karn, 2 2-2-7; K. Diamond, 0 0-2-0; Hannah Ryan, 1 0-2-2; R. Ehly, 0; Rachel Seiler, 1 0-0-2; R. Tefft, 0 0-2-0. Totals:  6 3-10-16. Totals:  17 14-23-52.
Wal     18   9   6  19–52
Oxf.    5   4   4   3–16
Three-point goals: (O) Karn. (W) Smith 2, Huntress, Crandall.

Fayetteville-Manlius 46, Norwich 45
SYRACUSE –  Fayetteville-Manlius led just one time, but that time was the most important — the end.
D.P. Ricks drove for the go-ahead basket scoring with 1.1 seconds left giving F-M a one-point win over Norwich in the finals of the More Than a Game Foundation Tournament at Onondaga Community College Tuesday afternoon.
Ricks scored 16 of her 17 points after halftime, and had six of her team’s eight points in the final quarter.
“She was really good, and they had a lot of complementary players around her,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett of Ricks. “She had 17 of their 46 points, but I bet she had eight or nine assists, too. She was a great player for them.”
Still, Norwich maintained a two- to three-possession lead for most of the game, and had a five-point lead at halftime. There were many occasions, Bennett said, when he felt his team was ready to take charge.
“It was a game of runs,” Bennett said. “We’d get the lead up to five, six or seven points, and I felt we were about to blow them out. Then we would go into these lulls and not score, and they would get it back to a point or two. Then it would start all over again.”
Junior Meghan Komendarek shared the scoring honors for Norwich with 11 points. Freshman Taylor Hansen gave NHS a big lift off the bench matching Komendarek’s total.
A four-point final quarter proved Norwich’s undoing.
“We just couldn’t score in the fourth quarter,” Bennett said. “That last basket (by Ricks) was a shocker.”
Norwich will welcome a much needed respite as it is idle until next Tuesday when it faces Chenango Forks.
“We need the rest,” Bennett said. “The last three games have been physically and emotionally draining.”
Norwich: Taylor Hansen, 4 2-2-11; G. Mirabito, 0; K. Dowdall, 0; K. Evans, 2 0-1-4; Seary, 1 0-0-2; M. Maynard, 3 1-2-7; M. Komendarek, 5 1-2-11; B. Murphy, 1 0-0-2; S. Benjamin, 3 2-2-8. Totals:  19 6-9-45.
Fayetteville-Manlius:  DP Ricks, 8 0-0-17; Lexy Gray, 2 1-2-5; Natalie Amico, 1 0-0-2; Alex Schneider, 3 0-0-6; Abbey Harris, 2 0-0-4; Eliza Mento, 2 1-3-5; Lizzie Hall, 0; Cary Assimon, 3 0-0-7. Totals:  21 2-5-46.
FM      9   12   17   8–46
Nor     15  11  15   4–45
Three-point goals:  (FM) Ricks, Assimon. (N) Hansen.

Dec. 28

B-G, Norwich, UV, S-E advance
Bainbridge-Guilford 59, Tioga 37
BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford went three-point crazy in the first quarter Monday night as it cruised into the Kazalski Tournament championship game.
Becca Reyes hit three three-pointers in the first quarter and Kori Thornton hit two three balls lifting the Bobcats (5-3) to 23-7 first-quarter lead over the Tigers.
“Becca has been struggling with the threes, but she came out and hit a couple quick ones, and that seemed to get us going,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “They were playing a two-three zone, and we had some good ball movement to get the open looks.”
Reyes and Megan Palmatier led B-G with 16 points apiece, Abi Selfridge had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Jillian Cannistra dished out five assists. Palmatier also grabbed 10 boards.
“We’re not real big, but we’re doing a good job extending the defense and keeping the opponent away from the backboard,” Conway said.
B-G plays Unatego in the title game Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Tioga:  Stubbs, 1 0-0-2; Schweiger, 0; Passetti, 1 0-0-2; K. Schweiger, 1 0-0-2; Holand, 2 3-4-7; Hollenbeck, 2 0-0-6; Ayres, 2 0-0-5; Godfrey, 2 0-0-4; Teriburg, 1 0-0-2; Shanna Tinney, 3 0-0-7. Totals:  15 3-4-37
B-G: J. Nordberg, 1 1-2-3; Abbi Miller, 0; Abi Selfridge, 5 4-5-14; M. O’Hara, 2 0-0-4; J. Cannistra, 0; Becca Reyes, 5 1-2-16; Kori Thornton, 2 0-0-6; Megan Palmatier, 7 2-5-16. Totals:  22 8-14-59
Tioga      7  9   4  17-37
B-G      23   7   18  11-59
Three-point goals: (T) Hollenbeck 2, Ayres, Tinney.

Norwich 41, Rush-Henrietta 30
SYRACUSE – Norwich’s offensive performance was a far cry from the showcase at Johnson City last week, but it was good enough Monday afternoon.
The Tornado received 16 points from junior center Meghan Komendarek and 11 from Makenzie Maynard to advance to the finals of the More Than A Game Foundation Tournament.
Norwich will meet Fayetteville-Manlius Tuesday at 1 p.m.
“It was ugly offensively for both teams,” said Norwich coach Josh Bennett. “I felt we defended them well and we turned them over a ton. At the same time, we were over-sloppy with the ball and turned it over too much. But we did make some plays that kept us gong offensively.”
Leading 29-19 heading to the fourth, Norwich scored the first two buckets of the fourth quarter to create a 14-point lead, its biggest of the game.
When Rush-Henrietta — last year’s Class AA state runner-up to Ossining — closed the game to within three possessions, Komendarek came up big. She scored off a nifty high-low pass from Kassidy Seary, and after a R-H turnover, Komendarek put back an offensive rebound.
“Meghan just has a motor that won’t quit, and that helps her to be a great offensive rebounder,” Bennett said.
R-H:  Marshall, 0; Johnson, 0 2-5-2; Locke, 0; Schwartz, 0; Katie Kelly, 3 0-3-6; Enright, 0; Cornell, 0; Jasmine Watts, 5 2-4-12; Alaya Wright, 1 0-0-3; Steph Hyde, 3 1-2-7; McPherson, 0; Gapes, 0; Brown, 0. Totals:  14 5-14-30
Norwich:  T. Hansen, 0; Dowdall, 0 2-6-2; Evans, 0; Seary, 0; Maynard, 5 1-2-11; M. Komendarek, 8 0-2-16; Murphy, 0; Benjamin, 2 2-4-6. Totals:  16 6-18-6-41
NHS        9   8   12  12-41
R-H         6    7    6   11-30
Three-point goals: (N) Hansen, (RH) Wright.

Unadilla Valley Tournament
Unadilla Valley 43, G-MU 22
Sherburne-Earlville 54, Hamilton 29
NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley and Sherburne-Earlville will collide in the championship game of the UV Holiday Tournament after posting lopsided victories Monday afternoon.
The host Storm jumped out to a six-point lead in the first quarter thanks to eight points from freshman Shelby Meade. Later in the game, senior guard Sierra Badger picked up her scoring with 10 of her game-high 16 points in the final stanza.
“It was a great team win, and we were balanced in all aspects,” said UV coach Brandi Whitbeck.
Meade finished with 10 in the victory.
G-MU’s Kelsey Ross hit four three-pointers finishing with 14 points to lead the Raiders.
In the opening game, Sherburne-Earlville raced to a 19-2 lead en route to a 25-point win over Hamilton.
Lilly Berg had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Lexi Elderkin continued her hot outside shooting hitting a trio of three balls on her way to a 15-point night. Savannah Irwin added five assists.
“She has had the green light all along, and she is more aggressive looking for her shot,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan of Elderkin.
S-E and UV play in the title game Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
G-MU:  McCumber, 0; E. Palada, 0; M. Banks, 0; Lull, 1 0-0-2; J. Dunham, 3 0-2-6; Kelsey Ross, 5 0-0-14; J. Butts, 0. Totals:  9 0-2-22.
UV:  Carpenter, 0; Sierra Badger, 7 2-2-16; J. Oglesby, 1 0-0-2; H. Lakin, 2 0-0-4; DelSontro, 0 1-2-1; Shelby Meade, 5 0-0-10; Oglesby, 0; Fairchild, 1 0-0-2; Anderson, 0; Winton, 0; Williams, 1 0-0-2; Brown, 2 0-0-4; Nogaret, 1 0-0-2; Bard, 0. Totals:  20 3-4-43.
UVal     13 10  8  12-43
GMU     7   6   5   4–22
Three-point goals: (G) Kelsey Ross 4.
Sherburne-Earlville 54, Hamilton 29
Hamilton:  Shelby Blake, 4 0-0-8; Ruffin, 1 0-0-2; Caitlyn Purdy, 1 3-6-6; Belanger, 1 2-2-4; Kallie Jacquay, 0 1-2-1; Laura Trueworthy, 2 0-0-4; Olivia Dow, 0. Totals:  11 6-10-29.
S-E:  Morgan Simpson, 1 0-0-2; Miranda Wright, 2 0-0-4; Lexi Elderkin, 6 0-0-15; Kaitlyn Furner, 1 0-0-3; Savannah Irwin, 3 1-2-7; Shay Franklin, 3 0-0-6; Crystal Beckwith, 0; Lilly Berg, 8 1-4-17; Madison Mullenax, 0. Totals:  24 2-6-54.
Ham.      2    9    9    9-29
S-E       19   17   15  3-54
Three-point goals: (SE) Elderkin 3, Kaitlyn Furner. (H) Purdy.

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