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January 3, 2013

Winter weather puts damper on tournaments

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Cooperstown girls coach Mike Niles said Sunday night that the Redskins will attempt to make up their consolation game against the host school in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Tournament as his team didn’t make the trip Saturday.

Niles said Holland-Patent defeated Clinton in the championship game, which went on as scheduled, and Cooperstown’s Nicole Cring earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

Cring had 13 points and 14 rebounds, but Cooperstown suffered its first setback of the season with its first-round loss in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Tournament.

“All of us were a little off, but Nic played really well,” said Niles, whose 6-1 team held a 26-25 lead at halftime. “They mixed about three defenses (1-3-1, 3-2 and 2-3 zones) pretty well and put good pressure on the ball.”

Lucy Ford scored on a putback with 50 seconds left to give Cooperstown a 31-30 lead. Allyson Freiermuth then put Holland-Patent (4-0) ahead to stay with 34 seconds to go, capping her 15-point outing with a basket off a post move.

After Cooperstown traveled on its next possession, Riley Reinold made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left for the final margin.

The Cooperstown boys did not do much better in the first round of the Dick White Tournament. 

Host Cooperstown had a cold shooting night and fell, 65-30, to Fort Plain.

“We could not buy a basket all night,” Redskins coach Dave Bertram said. “It was a combination of them playing good defense and us not making any baskets.”

Fort Plain held the area’s second leading scorer, Ethan Bliss, to a season-low nine points.

The Redskins were scheduled to play Cobleskill-Richmondville in the consolation game on Saturday, but the game was postponed because of the winter storm. The championship game between Sidney and Fort Plain was also postponed.

The Milford boys outscored Laurens 60-47 in the Pat Grasso Tournament in Laurens.

Will Ward scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half, helping Milford to a first-round victory.

Ward hit all three of his three-pointer in the second half, including one with 1 minute, 12 seconds left. With Milford ahead by five and one second on the shot clock, Ward received an inbound and hit a hurried three to give Milford a 55-47 lead.

“That kind of broke our back,” Laurens coach Andy Carr said of Ward’s three.

Peyton Griffiths had a game-high 17 points, with 13 coming in the first half. Carr said he switched to a box-and-one on Griffiths in the second half, with Pheonix Howard and Josiah Wenck taking turns on Griffiths.

“We did a good job shutting (Griffiths) down, but we just didn’t close out good enough on the perimeter,” Carr said.

Blake Elliot contributed 10 points for Milford, which was scheduled to play South Kortright in the final on Saturday. However, both the championship and consolation games have been postponed.

The Lady Wildcats also defeated Laurens, but this was in the Stamford Tournament. Following a first quarter in which Milford connected on 2 of 17 shots, the Wildcats outscored Laurens, 29-9, over the middle quarters en route to a first-round victory. The game also counted in the Tri-Valley League standings.

Addy Lawson scored five of her game-high 13 points during a 15-4 second quarter that ended with Milford ahead, 19-11.

Peggy Paffenroth had six points and 13 rebounds, and Maddie Zenir contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

The Lady Wildcats were set to play in the title game on Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans. The championship, Milford vs. Stamford, and the consolation game, Roxbury vs. Laurens, have been postponed.


Hamilton Tournament

Cooperstown went 5-1 in pool play to earn the No. 2 seed for the semifinal round before falling, 25-11, 25-16, to the host school in the Hamilton Tournament.

“We sat for about two hours between pool play and the semifinal and really never got back into it,” said Redskins coach Rich Jantzi, whose team placed third overall based on finishing with a better record than South Lewis. “Katie Booan played great, Erin Hascup played great defense all day, and my top hitters were Brooke Liner and McKenna Hage.”

Cooperstown followed a 16-25, 25-22 split against Cincinnatus with sweeps of Fabius-Pompey (25-11, 25-15) and Utica Proctor (25-18, 25-17). Cortland and Onondaga also competed.

The Redskins host Little falls on Jan. 7.