A change to Division II will make it harder. Cooperstown will now compete in division against Little Falls, Herkimer, Dolgeville, West Canada Valley and Frankfort-Schuyler. Little Falls and Herkimer both lost to CCS in the section tournament last season and each team returns most of its squad.
Little Falls, which lost to Cooperstown in the C-1 finals, may be the team to beat in the section and not just the division. It has a huge senior class back this season, led by senior center Gen Schoff, who is a two-time all-state selection in Class C. The Mounties won the first meeting with the Hawkeyes 70-55 on Dec. 11 in Little Falls. Schoff had a career-high 31 points in the game. The rematch is Jan. 17 in Cooperstown.
Cooperstown, which also lost to Class B Sherburne-Earlville and beat Central Valley and West Canada to start the season, won at Herkimer, 63-43, Monday with Millea scoring 29 points.
Hall contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for Cooperstown, which received nine points from Lucy Ford.
Hannah DeLude had 14 points for Herkimer.
Cooperstown (3-2, 2-1) will host Frankfort-Schuyler on Thursday.