December 2, 2021

Smith’s double-double powers McGraw

CCL Roundup

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Caleb Smith posted a double-double to help the McGraw Central boys’ varsity basketball team record a 56-34 victory at Cincinnatus in Central Counties League action Monday night.

In volleyball, Stockbridge Valley swept Cincinnatus 25-8, 25-6, 26-24.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL McGraw 56, Cincinnatus 34: McGraw (2-0 CCL, 2-1 overall) jumped out to a 22-2 lead in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged the rest of the night. Smith controlled play as he scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the McGraw attack.

“We just had a absolutely uninspiring start to the game, falling behind 12-0 and really not having any opportunities,” Cincinnatus coach Jim Halstrom said. “Smith just had his way with us early, scoring 15 of his game high 25 points in the opening quarter. McGraw is well coached and they have some premier athletes. Guys who play right up in your face defensively and take it strong to the basket on offense. We had a tough time trying to measure up to them early on.”

Cincinnatus (1-1 league, 1-3 overall) did take the second quarter 13-9, but McGraw controlled the second half 12- 10 in the third quarter and 15-7 in the fourth quarter.

“Starting the second quarter, we really woke up and played some solid defense and the ball started to bounce our way on offense,” Halstrom said. “We had better looks at the basket and made the most of chances. We continued to play well on the defensive end throughout the rest of the game, but we did get a bit fatigued late in the game.”

Zach Lamarre scored six points and pulled down eight rebounds to aid the McGraw effort. Brent Thomas also netted six points and grabbed three rebounds.

Cason Stafford and Scott Schuyler scored 11 and 10 points respectively for Cincinnatus. Each guy had four rebounds and two assists while Stafford recorded four steals. Kooper Vosburg led the Lions with eight rebounds.

“Cason and Scott were tenacious and it picked the other guys up,” Halstrom said. “That’s what we need to do as a team. We’re getting better each game, and it’ll take some time to get to where we want to be, but we have players who have fun and give solid effort. What more can one ask?”

Both teams return to the court Thursday at 7 p.m. McGraw will travel to Stockbridge Valley in CCL action. Cincinnatus will hit the road to face Morrisville-Eaton in non league action.

VOLLEYBALL Stockbridge Valley 3, Cincinnatus 0: Stockbridge Valley (1-0 CCL, 1-1 overall) got off to a strong start taking the first two sets 25-8, 25-6, but Cincinnatus (0-2 league and overall) made some changes in the third set and bat- tled until falling 26-24.

“We took a while to finally come around and play some volleyball after two sets,” Cincinnatus coach Mallory Cobb said. “We are starting to trust each other and learn where we need to be on the court. I played with the lineup in the third set and we started to get a groove. Although we fell short, it was the huge confidence boost that we needed as we play DeRuyter next Monday.”

Hayley Halstrom and Deslinn Rutan each led Cincinnatus with five digs. Kierstee Turshman and Kiana Guinn each added four digs. Aubree Nate delivered two kills.

Abby Reed had 10 kills for Stockbridge Valley. Hailey Bennett provided nine kills and two blocks with 16 assists and two kills from Abby Tucker.

Next up, Cincinnatus will travel to DeRuyter for that 7 p.m. CCL match Dec. 16.