December 6, 2021

Rockets romp in boys’ hoops

McGraw’s 11th-ranked boys squad romps past OV

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Cincinnatus’s Natalie Gates dives for the ball in the third game against DeRuyter on Friday night. The Rockets won the match, 25-6, 25-20, 25-15.

The DeRuyter boys’ basketball team led 24-7 after one quarter against visiting Cincinnatus Friday night and rolled to a 92-36 Central Counties League victory.

McGraw beat host Otselic Valley 78-36 in another boys’ game while the Cincinnatus girls’ basketball team lost 70-30 at Brookfield. In CCL volleyball action, DeRuyter swept host Cincinnatus 25-6, 25-20, 25-15 and McGraw lost to visiting Stockbridge Valley 25-22, 25-17, 25-17.


DeRuyter 92, Cincinnatus 36: Louie Glisson passed the 1,000-point mark for his career, scoring 27 points to increase his career total to 1,007 points, as the Rockets, ranked eighth in the state in Class D, improved to 8-1 in the league and 14-3 overall. Trey Foster added 17 points and Benjamin Barnes scored 13 for the winners, who led 49-16 at halftime and 73-21 after three.

Caden Stafford scored 17 points to lead the Red Lions (0-9, 0-13).

“The Cincinnatus program is a class act,” DeRuyter coach Ric Barnes said. “They are struggling this year and still playing hard. That is a group of great kids. We are shooting the ball better the last couple games that has led to some higher scores. We need to be sharper with our passing. The defensive intensity is where we need to be.”

Both teams have home games Tuesday after 5:30 p.m. JV starts, DeRuyter against Otselic Valley and Cincy against Madison.

McGraw 78, Otselic Valley 36: The Eagles, 11th in the state in Class D and now 10-1 atop the league and 14-3 overall, got double-doubles from two players who scored 15 points apiece. Caleb Smith had 12 rebounds and Chase Curtis had 11 boards. Evan Ignatowski added nine points and Chris Pickert scored eight points.

McGraw led by just two, 15-13, after the first quarter and took control with a 26-7 secondquarter advantage. The Eagles also had a 24-4 third-quarter outburst to take a 65-24 lead into the final eight minutes.

“It was a total team effort with a season-high 78 points,” McGraw coach Derek Allen said. “Everyone on the roster got points and what was great to see was 18 assists, which is a season high for the year as a team. We really shared the ball well and found the open man.”

Lane Adams had 12 points and Garrett Wood 11 points for the Vikings (3-8, 4-13). The Eagles meet Hamilton today in a 7 p.m. non-leaguer at Onondaga CC’s SRC Arena. The McGraw JVs beat OV 44-43 to improve to 9-7 as Zach Lamarre led the way with 22 points and Caleb Knickerbocker added nine points, including the game-winning free throw with six seconds left.


Brookfield 70, Cincinnatus 30: Delaney Rutan had 18 points and McKayla Maroney eight points and seven rebounds for the Red Lions as they fell to 1-7 league and 1-13 overall. Brookfield, which improved to 8-0 league and 12-1 overall, is ranked seventh in the state in Class D and was led by Madilyne Kupris with 22 points and Jaelyn Vleer- Elliott with 17.

The winners led at the first three stops 24-10, 41-12 and 55-21, respectively.

Cincy meets Stockbridge Valley today at 4:30 p.m. at Madison as part of the CCL Girls’ Basketball More Than A Game program.


DeRuyter 3, Cincinnatus 0: The Rockets clinched at least a tie for the league title, finishing 7-1 in the CCL with the win, and are now 12-3 overall. Jaidan Degear had seven kills, two digs and an ace for the winners while Molly Lawrence had five kills and a dig, Kali Lidell 21 assists and four digs, Graycee Forrest four kills, four digs and two aces and Tayler Marshall five aces, a kill and a dig.

Hayley Halstrom had three aces and three assists for the Red Lions, who closed their season at 3-4 league and 3-10 overall. Gabby Gallow had 11 digs, Sierra Metcalf two kills and six digs, MaKenzie Rice three kills, Summer Delepine two aces and four digs and Aubree Nate two blocks.

“We have showed great improvement this year and fell short to a team who has a great offense,” Red Lions coach Mallory Cobb said. “We have nothing to hang our heads about and wish DeRuyter luck in post-season play.”

Stockbridge Valley 3, McGraw 0: Jamika Feringa had six kills, two blocks, an ace, a dig and three service points for the Eagles (3-5, 3-9), Kaylee Streeter with 13 service points and Mia Underwood with six service points. The Cougars improved to 6-1 league and 9-5 overall with the win.