January 27, 2022

Tully stays dominant

Unbeaten Black Knights defeat Cincy 3-1 in volleyball

Paul Cifonelli/sports editor

Tully’s Catherine Lund winds up to send a serve over the net Friday night at Tully High School. The Black Knights won the match over Cincinnatus 3-1.

TULLY — The Tully girls volleyball team continued their unbeaten run Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Cincinnatus at Tully High School. The scores of the sets were 25-15 Tully, 25-13 Tully, 29-27 Cincinnatus and 25-10 Tully.

While the Black Knights dominated the three sets they won, the Lions won the third set. That was just the third set all year the 11-0 Tully team has dropped.

In the first two sets, Tully took an early lead and blew the Lions out. In the third, Cincinnatus came out strong, weathered the storm the Black Knights threw at it and rattled off six consecutive points to tie the set at 21. The two teams went back and forth past the normal 25-point mark. The Lions, down 27-26, then rattled off three consecutive points to take the set and ignite their fans.

For the Black Knights, it’s good to have to pull out a match in four sets.

“We talked about that (losing) after the third set,” Tully head coach Jeremy Cook said. “Facing a little adversity is OK. We’re definitely not unbeatable, so it’s good to realize we have some weaknesses we have to work on. That Cincy team is pretty strong. That was definitely a good test for us.”

The only other sets Tully has lost this season was the third set at Pulaski on Nov. 29 and the first set at Fabius-Pompey on Dec. 23. The Black Knights had won 11 consecutive sets before dropping the third to Cincinnatus.

Emma Byrne was yet again Tully’s most versatile weapon, amassing 11 digs, 10 kills and five aces. She was particularly effective with her service, forcing plenty of poor returns. Byrne also was a vocal leader, directing her teammates before the play and picking them up after.

“She’s (Byrne) a tremendous athlete, a coach’s dream,” Cook said. “She’s a threesport athlete here at Tully. She’s done it all. She’ll practice with a team and then go work out with her brothers. She just does whatever she can to give herself an edge.”

Keagan Usherwood added in eight digs, six kills and two aces for Tully and Alexa Shay had 21 assists, four aces and four digs. Catherine Lund contributed five digs, three kills and two aces, Maria Altman chipped in six digs and a kill and Samantha Garback notched three aces, three kills, two blocks and a dig. Veronica Kowalewski had 10 digs and an assist, Katelyn Lamoreaux had three kills, two aces, two blocks and a dig, Amberle Brown had two digs and a kill and Katelyn Browell had an ace and a kill to round out Tully’s efforts.

Allyson St. Germaine was Cincinnatus’ leading scorer with 11 kills, six digs and three aces. Caitlyn St. Germaine added in 22 assists, two kills, two digs, two aces and a block and Jayda Mudge contributed 12 digs, six kills and three aces for the Lions.

Next up for Tully is a match at 7 p.m. Monday at Manlius Pebble Hill. Cincinnatus’ next match is at 9 a.m. today at Sherburne-Earlville.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
FAITH HERITAGE 3, MCGRAW 0

McGraw lost the three sets 25-6, 25-17 and 25-23.

BOYS BASKETBALL
CHITTENANGO 72, HOMER 25

Chittenango took a 34-17 lead into halftime, then outscored Homer 30-6 in the third quarter.

NEWFIELD 60, MARATHON 57

Marathon missed a 3-pointer as time expired as the Olympians fell short at Newfield. The Trojans led for most of the game.

Conor Holland did all he could for Marathon, scoring 39 points with seven made threes. Braeden Morrison and Eli Hoyt both contributed six points as well. Braydin Drake (3), Kaiden Cornell (2) and Drew Rozewski (1) also scored for the Olympians.

OTSELIC VALLEY 43, MCGRAW 38

With the game tied at 30 heading into the fourth, Otselic Valley outscored McGraw 13-8 in the final eight minutes.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
HOMER 57, SOLVAY 25

Catherine Apker and Gracie Patriarco both had double-doubles as Homer took down Solvay. Apker had 16 points and 17 steals and Patriarco notched 11 points and 13 steals.

Kayla Miller added eight points and five steals, Fiona Hartnett scored seven points and Maddie Singleton and Amanda Rood had six apiece. Catelyn Ensign’s three points rounded out the Trojans’ scoring, while Kiera Miller also pitched in four steals.

MARATHON 86, NEWFIELD 18

Marathon scored 29 and 23 points, respectively, in the first two quarters and took a 52-8 lead into halftime as the Olympians won their third game in a row.

Brooke Tillotson led Marathon with 30 points, including three made 3-pointers. She scored 24 points in the first half. Addison Oram added in 14 points, Abigail Ensign notched 13 points and Anna Hoyt netted 12 points. Bailee Hurlburt (9), Paige Hurlburt (6) and Kendre Eveson (2) also scored for the Olympians.

GROTON 47, ODESSA-MONTOUR 29

Groton won their second game in as many days by outscoring Odessa- Montour 22-12 in the second half.

Maddie Perkins led the Indians with 11 points. Abby Dykeman and Elisa Allen both followed Perkins up with 10 points apiece.

Groton has played three games in three days and plays again against Dryden on Monday.

MORAVIA 40, CANDOR 22

Chloe Hanson led Moravia with 16 points, and Gabby Heim finished with eight points.

BOYS BOWLING
HOMER 7, WEEDSPORT 0

Michael Grant bowled a 241 game and a 643 series to help Homer completely outclass Weedsport.

Ky Townsend had a 232 game, Nate McMullin bowled a 212 and Brenton Hapgood threw a 205. Townsend’s series was a 569, Hapgood’s was a 562 and McMullin’s was a 556.

Aaron Platt was the only other Trojan to throw all three games and had a 172 game and 481 series. Tanner Vogel bowled two games of 183 and 173 and Caleb Hamilton rounded out Homer’s day with a 162.

GIRLS BOWLING
HOMER 7, WEEDSPORT 0

Caitlyn Vieou threw an even 200 to power her 500 series and Homer’s win.

Olivia Hamilton came three pins short of matching Vieou with a 197 game. Hamilton’s 484 series was second-best on the team, followed by Nikki Biviano (467) and Ashlynn Holcomb (447). Biviano’s best game was a 167, while Holcomb’s was a 174.

Kimberli Proctor (135, 167) and Morgan Brown (137, 105) both competed in two games for the Trojans, while Addison Platt (131) and Arieliz Morales (119) bowled one game.

THIS WEEKEND’S SCHEDULE

BOYS BASKETBALL
Homer at Westhill, 11 a.m. today

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
McGraw, Cincinnatus, 9 a.m. today at Sherburne-Earlville

WRESTLING
Cortland, Homer, Groton, 10 a.m. today at Cazenovia
Marathon, Dryden, 10 a.m. today at Corning-Painted Post
Moravia, 9 a.m. today at Port Byron

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Cortland, Homer, Tully, 9 a.m. today at Onondaga Community College