A night of celebration turned to cause for concern for the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles, while in basketball action, in contrast to Monday’s defensive battles, there was plenty of offense to go around.
Cortland-Homer 5, Cazenovia 2
The Golden Eagles celebrated Senior Night with another win, but Mitch Riter had to exit the game with a broken arm.
The Golden Eagles’ top line of Riter, Jed Brazo and Andrew Partigianoni did all of the heavy lifting for the offense. Brazo had two goals and an assist, Partigianoni had the eventual game-winning goal and an assist, and Riter had two goals and two assists before his injury.
Partigianoni’s goal came on a wrap-around attempt after a nice move and too much traffic pulled Cazenovia goalie Cy McCrink out of position.
Garrett Clark stopped 21 of 23 Cazenovia shots in net for
Dryden 55, Newfield 50
The Lions got back on the winning track in a game that was close from beginning to end.
Ben Hicks (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Xavier Scott (17 points, 11 rebounds) led the Lions with double-doubles.
“We did a great job staying focused and playing with energy for the entire game,” Lions coach Zach LeViere said.
Bishop Grimes 53, Homer 37
Jack Gutchess had 22 points as the Cobras dominated the Trojans from start to finish. Jacob Atkins led the Trojans with nine points.
The Cobras led 17-4 after one quarter and were up 27-11 at halftime.
Homer’s next game is Thursday at home at 4:30 p.m. against Marcellus.
Cortland 45, Cazenovia 33
Kirsten Merritt led the Purple Tigers in scoring with 11 points, and Margaret Starr chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Purple Tigers got back in the win column.
“Things came together for us today,” Purple Tigers coach Janice Meyer said. “We played hard all four quarters and played great basketball as a team while following our game plan.”
The Purple Tigers held Cazenovia to just nine points in the first half.
Bishop Grimes 50, Homer 45
The Trojans have scheduled some tough opponents this winter, and Tuesday night was no different, as they hung in there with the Cobras but were unable to come away with the victory.
Gracie Patriarco led the Trojans with 21 points, while Katlyn Sovocool had 10 points, four rebounds and four steals, and Sarah Sovocool had eight points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and four assists.
“We missed too many easy shots,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “We’re a very good team, and we’re still learning how to be an even better team. It’s the same old story, against most teams you can get away with missed chippies and unforced turnovers, but we stack our schedule and most of the teams we play are just as good or better than us and they make us pay for it. I’m very proud of our girls. Effort was there, as it always is, they followed the game-plan, we just didn’t finish easy shots.”
Ithaca 67, Groton 35
Ithaca’s Mia Little led all scorers with 20 points as Ithaca nearly doubled up the visiting Indians.
Emma Dematteo led Groton with 13 points.
“The girls fought hard for most of the game with a little trouble in the third quarter,” Indians coach Justin Albro said. “We never quit and it was a good battle.”
The Indians wrap up their season Thursday with a rematch against Ithaca Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Groton High.
Newfield 75, Dryden 17
It was a rout from start to finish as Newfield held the Lions to single-digit points in each quarter and outscored them 30-2 in the fourth.
Newfield was led by the Moravec sisters, Kelly (29 points) and Katie (21 points). Lauren Gulini led Dryden with nine points.
“We defended well at first, but we could not keep it going,” Lions coach Laszlo Engel said. “Newfield is a very good team and they play fast and move the ball quickly in transition. We missed some open shots and could not work back into the game. We worked on a new defense that was really not too bad. Some cleaning up to do will help. We played a lot of young players tonight and they got a chance to show what we might look like in the future. They did well, all things considered.
We all worked hard all night and did some nice things over all. We will keep working on it in practice tomorrow. This is all part of the process.”
Union Springs 55, Marathon 46
The Olympians (7-2) suffered just their second loss of the season in a matchup with defending IAC Small North champions Union Springs.
It was a physical matchup with the two teams combining for 30 free throws. Eleven of those free throws belonged to Union Springs in the fourth quarter, and they sunk 10 of them, keeping victory in hand.
“We did a lot of things well tonight to keep this one close,” Olympians coach Andrew Pierce said. “Union Springs is a well-balanced, physical team with several offense threats.”
Marathon’s Brooke Tillotson led all scorers with 26 points.
DeRuyter 3, Sherburne Earlville 1
The Rockets brushed off a 25-17 loss in the first set to win the next three by scores of 25-18, 25-8 and 25-19.
Alynna Kanaby had a phenomenal defensive game for the Rockets with 14 digs. Jaidan Degear had a terrific allaround game with nine kills, 11 digs and eight aces.
“Solid play on both sides of the net, both teams played great defensively,” Rockets coach Jamie Doolittle said. “Our serve receive was very good tonight. We were able to catch some momentum and run with it.
These same two teams face off again on Monday.