January 27, 2022

McGraw girls fall in opener

High School Sports

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

McGraw’s Lexi McCall, center, takes a shot over Brookfield’s Delaney Karn and Nicole Murphy (12) on Tuesday night.

The McGraw girls basketball team was overmatched in every phase of the game Tuesday night as they lost to Brookfield at home in their season opener, 65-20.

McGraw was unable to handle the Beavers’ full-court press and zone defense, turning the ball over time and time again.

This led to lots of fast break points for Brookfield, with Lily Vleer-Elliott, Megan Kupris and Sara Brean the beneficiaries of the turnovers. Kupris scored a game-high 26 points, Vleer-Elliott had 14 points and Brean added 12 for the Beavers.

“We need to work on the basic fundamentals (to beat a zone),” McGraw head coach Corey Wilson said. “We need to catch the ball and be able to recognize what is in front of you, be patient and, when the pressure comes, you have to be able to handle it and make better decisions. We were throwing the ball around in spots we shouldn’t have been throwing the ball around.”

Brookfield asserted its dominance from the opening tip, going on a 16-0 run that spanned the first seven minutes of the game. McGraw got a basket from both Madison Sweeney and Heather Magee to end the quarter down 16-4.

Brookfield managed three other runs of at least 10-0 after the 16-0 stretch to start the game.

The other quarters all largely went the same, but the Eagles were able to score more frequently.

McGraw were also unable to deal with the size of Kupris. She blocked shots, got multiple offensive rebounds on multiple possessions and was able to catch passes and finish layups above the heads of the Eagles’ defenders.

“That girl (Kupris), I would say, is probably the tallest girl in our league,” Wilson said. “If I do see another player as tall as that, we’ll play it a little differently. I’ll teach some things so we can control a girl with that size. That’s basketball. Some teams have some size and, unfortunately, we’re not a very tall team.”

Sweeney led all McGraw scorers with six points. Magee, Hannah Wilson and Hailey McCall finished with four points apiece. Wilson added in seven rebounds and was the Eagles’ primary ball-handler for most of the game. Eden Sears’ two points rounded out McGraw’s scoring.

The Eagles will look to bounce back with a road game at 6 p.m. Monday at Madison. McGraw can move into that game knowing there are some things to build off of.

“When we’re able to do the small things, the fundamentals, we had good looks at the basket,” Wilson said. “That’s all I ask for. Get at opportunity to score, and if we can have those opportunities we’ll be alright.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL
MORAVIA 62, GROTON 28

Moravia got out to a 21-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back for its first win of the season. The Blue Devils also took a 37-6 lead into the halftime break.

Kate Baylor led Moravia in scoring with 15 points, while Chloe Hanson scored 12 of her 13 points in the third quarter.

Kate Allen and Abby Dykeman paced Groton’s offense with seven points apiece.

TULLY 44, CATO-MERIDIAN 19

Morgan Downes, Hailey Olender and a stifling defense led Tully its first victory of the 2021-22 season Monday night. Downes scored a team-high 15 points and Olender added in 12 with a pair of made threes.

Tully held a 15-13 lead at halftime before a 14-2 third quarter busted the game open. The Black Knights also outscored Cato-Meridian 15-4 in the fourth.

Sammy Morgan and McKenzie Smith scored seven points apiece for Tully, while Maddie Brown-Paul scored three.

BOYS BASKETBALL
HOMER 64, ONEIDA 56

Homer won the second half 38-16 to pull off the comeback win over Oneida. The Trojans trailed 40-26 at halftime.

“Huge team win and team effort,” Homer head coach Rex Ryan said. “Everyone that stepped on the floor made a major contribution. I can’t speak enough of the toughness and resilience these guys showed tonight. We hope to ride this momentum going forward. This is a great group of kids.”

Wyatt Wilbur and Evan Butts led the Trojans with 14 points apiece. Jon Barnes and Mitchell Earle both followed them up with 10 points. Izaiah Beard’s nine points and Will Dady’s seven rounded out Homer’s scoring.

CINCINNATUS 54,
OTSELIC VALLEY 28

Cason Stafford and Tyler Liddle both had double-doubles for Cincinnatus as the Lions start their season 2-0. Cason Stafford finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five steals and Liddle had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Canden Stafford added in 11 points on three made threes, four rebounds and three steals. Kooper Vosburg nearly had a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. Scott Schuyler (3), Jordan Larrabee (2) and Johnny Schuyler (2) also scored for the Lions. Scott Schuyler added seven steals on the defensive end.

Cincinnatus held Otselic Valley to two points in both the first and third quarters.

BOYS BOWLING
HOMER 7, WEEDSPORT 0

Five Homer bowlers had a series score above 500 as the Trojans swept Weedsport. Nate McMullen’s 595 series led the way thanks to games of 216, 214 and 165.

Brenton Hapgood had a 577 series with games of 160, 194 and 223. Mike Grant just followed him up with a 576 series (181, 202, 193). Aaron Platt finished with a 522 series (189, 166, 167) and Tanner Vogel had a 470 (178, 179, 113).

GIRLS BOWLING
HOMER 7, WEEDSPORT 0

Ashlynn Holcomb and Nicolette Biviano were the only Homer bowlers with series above 400. Holcomb led the Trojans with a 477 series with games of 95, 218 and 164. Biviano’s series was 459 after games of 150, 174 and 135. Caitlyn Vieou was the only other Homer player to bowl in all three games. She had a 345 series (130, 124, 91). Arielez Morales (150, 166), Addison Platt (154, 139), Kimberli Proctor (118, 139) and Morgan Brown (148, 94) all bowled in two of the three games, while Olivia Hamilton (119) only competed in one.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
BOYS BASKETBALL

Cortland at Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Whitney Point at Marathon, 7:15 p.m.

LaFayette at Tully, 7 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Skaneateles at Cortland, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

McGraw at Manlius Pebble Hill, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING

Cortland at Auburn, 6 p.m.
Mexico at Homer, 6 p.m.
Groton at Marathon, 6 p.m.
Waverly at Dryden, 5:30 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Cortland, 4 p.m. at Onondaga Community College

BOYS BOWLING

Groton at McGraw, 4:15 p.m.