Maggie Hall led the way with nine points, as Cooperstown had four players scoring eight or more points in a 46-34 win over Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Saturday afternoon.
A tough zone defense and great production off the bench kept V-V-S from getting much closer than 10 points throughout the contest.
Christina Noto came off the bench to score all of her eight points in the first half.
“She had a great game,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “She gave us some good separation there in the first half.”
Both teams played hard to the end, trading baskets in the final minutes of the game. A three-pointer Kyli Towner brought V-V-S to within 44-32 late in the fourth quarter, but Cooperstown’s Ciara McGoldrick countered with an inside put back to make it 46-32.
McGoldrick had a solid game with eight points off the bench and some key rebounds for the Hawkeyes.
“She’s a good player and we thought she would be able to contribute to the team coming up from JV,” Niles said.
A three-pointer by Kaitlyn Reader made it 37-28 with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter causing Cooperstown to call a timeout, but it was as close as the Red Devils would get down the stretch.
Reader, who led all scorers with 17 points, kept V-V-S in the game.
“One thing I told the girls (in the timeout) was that we can’t leave Reader (open), she’s a good player,” Niles said.
The Hawkeyes listened to Niles, as Reader would not score again.
Cooperstown pushed the ball hard all game, getting numerous points off of fast breaks and keeping V-V-S from getting into much of a rhythm. The Hawkeyes took advantage in the half court play as well executing crisp quick plays that V-V-S could not keep up with in their man-to-man defense.