Good, but how good? That’s the question that circles the Cherry Valley-Springfield girls basketball team.
The Patriots starting five is good enough that they could win the Tri-Valley East and make a run in a very tough Section Four Class D tournament. Or they could take their lumps from a rough January schedule.
The Patriots return all five starters. “It’s a good position to be in,” Dubben said. “We have all five starters, four seniors and a junior, who have played together for three years now.”
Senior guards Lauren and Jordan Loucks can both run the offense and score in double figures.
“Sometimes the bigs think they are the guards too,” Dubben said.
It’s true. Junior forward Maddie Archer can dribble and shoot outside and senior forward Olivia Hull has an outside shot. Center Kylie Graham can play in transition too.
The other thing the Patriot five can do is press and trap.
‘We’re really starting to get in sync, although I though we were sloppy tonight,” Dubben added after a 47-22 win over Edmeston on Dec. 20.
Dubben also winces when he thinks of the end of the game Dec. 13 at Schenevus, when the Patriots let a big lead slip away. “We just gave that one away,” Dubben said.
“We were up 13, up eight in the fourth quarter. The big girls got into foul trouble and we let it get away,” he continued.
To win the Tri-Valley East title – where Franklin will likely be waiting in a cross-over game – CV-S will have to get past a bruising month, and it remains to be seen if a team with a short bench can endure it. The Patriots host Franklin Jan 8 and end the month with a run of games at Morris, at Milford and at Richfield Springs before a Jan 31 rematch with Schenevus.
The Patriots have already posted wins over their nearest rivals, beating the Wildcats Dec. 3 in Cherry Valley and beating the Indians in the finals of the Richfield Springs Tournament Dec. 7 in a non-league game.
Dubben said he thinks his team can come through that gauntlet, but only if they play consistently.
“It depends on who shows up what night,” he said. “We certainly have the talent to win the division.”
In addition to consistency, depth could be an issue for CV-S. Junior guard Emily McDermott can come off the bench but Dubben will spend most of the season trying to get experience for freshman Kaylie Yerdon and sophomores Hannah Lamouret and Miranda Stocking.
“You have to keep putting them out there because one day they are going to be the ones who have to start,” he said. “But once you get past the starters we don’t have a lot of experience.”
The Cherry Valley-Springfield girls basketball team showed its good side and bad side Friday in a 47-22 victory over Edmeston.
“We’ll have to shoot better than we did tonight,” Patriots coach Tim Dubben said, when asked how his team could defeat league leading Schenevus.
Still CV-S (6-2, 3-1) had no problems with the Panthers, limiting them to six first-half points. Lauren Loucks scored 15 points to lead all scorers and Jordan Loucks added 13 for CV-S.
Brianna Dunham and Sydney Smith each scored five points apiece for Edmeston.
CV-S 47, Edmeston 22
EDMESTON: Kelsey Bressett 0 2-6 2, Erin DeVries 2 0-0 4, Brianna Dunham 2 1-4 5, Catherine Johnson 0 0-0 0, Nina Koch 2 0-0 4, Sarah Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Danielle Ruffles 1 0-0 2, Kristina Smith 0 0-0 0, Sydney Smith 2 0-0 5. TOTALS: 9 3-12 22.
CHERRY VALLEY-SPRINGFIELD (6-2, 3-1): Maddie Archer 3 1-2 7, Kylie Graham 2 4-6 8, Olivia Hull 2 0-0 4, Jordan Loucks 6 1-2 13, Lauren Loucks 6 3-4 15, Emily McDermott 0 0-0 0, Olivia Preston 0 0-0 0, Miranda Stocking 0 0-0 0, Kaylie Yerdon 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22 9-14 47.
Edmeston 2 4 11 5 - 22
CV-S 6 14 13 14 - 47
Three-point field goals: E 1 (S. Smith). JV score: CV-S won.