October 26, 2021

Smith’s 25 points lead Eagles to win

Central Counties League Basketball

McGraw Basketball 12/13

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

McGraw’s Caleb Smith (23) drives to the basket as Stockbridge Valley’s Charlie Cross (32) defends during Thursday’s game at McGraw Central School. Smith scored 25 points to lead the Eagles to a 72-23 victory.

Caleb Smith found his home court advantage and lit up visiting Stockbridge Valley for 25 points as the McGraw boys’ varsity basketball team rolled to a 72-23 victory in Central Counties League action Thursday.

In other hoop games involving CCL teams, the Cincinnatus boys dropped a 56-38 non-league contest at Morrisville-Eaton and the Cincinnatus girls were defeated 52-21 at New York Mills in another non-league game.

McGraw boys 72, Stockbridge Valley 23: Smith scored 15 points in the first quarter as McGraw (3-0 league, 3-1 overall) raced to a 28-4 lead. Brent Thomas was one of six different Eagles to put points on the board in the second quarter as the Eagles advantage grew to 47- 8. McGraw continued to control the action throughout the second half.

Smith finished the night with five rebounds and three steals to go with his 25 points. Thomas added 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. Dom Cook led the Eagles in assists and steals with four each. McGraw had 18 steals as a team.

Austin Nolley led Stockbridge Valley (0-2 league, 0-4 overall) with nine points. Matthew Wike added five points and Charlie Cross chipped in with four points.

McGraw will return to CCL action Monday as the Eagles host Brookfield at 7 p.m.

Morrisville-Eaton boys 56, Cincinnatus 38: Morrisville- Eaton (1-2) opened up a 14-2 lead in the first quarter en route to its first win of the season.

Cincinnatus (1-4) played evenly over the next two quarters on the road before Morrisville-Eaton opened a little more breathing room in the fourth quarter.

“Another rough start hampered our efforts,” Cincinnatus coach Jim Halstrom said. “We have a difficult time starting with the game pace we need to in order to get comfortable running our offense. Our guys were trying to stay patient, but it’s tough when you’re fighting to get back from an early deficit, and that can, and usually does lead to turnovers. We settled down pretty good in the third quarter, but when we made a run at them, we didn’t do a good enough job closing out on perimeter shots and they showed they were more than capable of knocking them down, so we essentially traded baskets in the second half.”

Trent Streichert paced the Cincinnatus offense with 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kooper Vosburg added 11 points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot.

“Trent did a nice job of getting to the basket on offense, and scored a season high 21 points,” Halstrom said. “Kooper Vosburg came off the bench. Josh Smith looked good defensively. Trevor Newton did a nice job in extended minutes, working well on defense.”

Logan Hosler and Jordan Burke led Morrisville-Eaton with 16 points each.

Cincinnatus will travel to Madison for CCL action Monday at 7 p.m.

New York Mills girls 52. Cincinnatus 21: Cincinnatus had trouble putting the ball in the basket in the first quarter as host New York Mills (2-1) jumped out to a 16-2 lead, The Marauders continued to pull away over the next three quarters.

Bri Taylor was unstoppable as she netted 25 points for New York Mills. Jordyn Stevens added eight points and Jemma Jordan pumped in seven points.

Michaela Eichorst led Cincinnatus (0-5) with nine points. McKayla Maroney scored eight points with Alexia Abbatiello pulling down a team leading six points.

Cincinnatus will be back in CCL action Monday. The Red Lions will host Stockbridge Valley at 6 p.m.