November 26, 2021

Second-half spurt propels Cincy boys

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The Cincinnatus Lions had a strong second half, James Lucey had more than one reason to celebrate and the Homer Trojans slowed down the Brooke Tillotson show.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Cincinnatus 49, Otselic Valley 39

Cason Stafford led all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds, including a 5-for-6 performance at the free throw line, and Scott Schuyler added 11 points and eight rebounds to help the Lions (2-2) to victory on their Senior Night.

After a very low-scoring first quarter, Otselic Valley took the lead at halftime, 20-17, before a 21-9 third quarter sealed it for the Lions.

“This was indeed a game of two completely different halves of basketball,” Lions coach Jim Halstrom said. “We started the third quarter with some very intense defense and that helped us get some rhythm, and really woke us up. Cason, Scott and Kooper [Vosburg] scored layups on the first three second half possessions and that was just what we needed… I’m very proud of the way these guys competed in the second half, they were tenacious defensively and made real good decisions offensively that resulted in very efficient possessions that ended with easy buckets.”

Groton 56, Dryden 46

Kalib Manning led all scorers with 18 points and James Lucey celebrated his commitment to Hartwick with 14 points in the Indians’ win.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Homer 56, Marathon 49

Brooke Tillotson dropped 30 points despite being double-teamed most of the night. The junior became Marathon’s No. 2 leading scorer all time with 1,294 points. She is averaging 29.1 points per game, going for 30 or more in four of her seven games. She also leads the team in steals, assists, rebounds and free throw percentage.

The Trojans improved to 4-2 thanks to a double-double by Sarah Sovocool (21 points, 11 rebounds) and double figures from Gracie Patriarco (14 points, five rebounds, three steals, three assists) and Catherine Apker (11 points, five rebounds, four assists).

“We played great team basketball today,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “We shared the ball extremely well and gave up good shots for better shots. I think we need to do a better job of not putting ourselves into foul trouble by just knowing the circumstances. Just some careless plays on defense put us in a bind is all. Totally fixable mistakes. We are very young, so any win is a great experiential win.”

Groton 43, Dryden 38

Dryden’s Lauren Gulini led all scorers with 15 points, but the Indians got the win in a game that was tightly contested throughout and improved to 4-3.

Nine of the Indians’ 11 players scored, led by Madaline Perkins with nine points and Elisa and Kate Allen with seven points each.

“We played well in the first half until we got into foul trouble,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We let them back into the game and paid the price. Groton did a good job of taking advantage of our mistakes and we had a difficult time staying focused as a result. We need to stay with our game plan and trust our training.”

The Lions and Indians have a rematch today at Dryden.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

McGraw 3, Cincinnatus

The Lions played the Eagles tough, but the Eagles swept the match, 27-25, 25-18 and 25-21.

The Lions were led by Aubree Nate (seven kills), Deslinn Rutan (10 assists), Kiana Guinn (nine aces) and Kaylee Brenchley (six digs).

“We are consistently improving,” Lions coach Cheyenne Nowalk said. “We did really well running an offense and playing as a team.”