By Greg Klein THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER
---- — S.J. Morosko scored all nine of her team’s fourth quarter points as Cooperstown made a second-half comeback to win a Center State Conference Division II game at home, 43-34, against Herkimer on Friday.
“I’m really proud of her,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “She’s kind of a gym rat, this is her senior year and she is really coming up big for us.”
Senior center Lucy Ford scored six of her 10 points in the third quarter when the Hawkeyes outscored the Magicians 13-4 to take the lead. Ford, who also had 16 rebounds and five blocks, hit a jumper to put Cooperstown up for good, 30-29 with 3:12 left in the quarter.
Morosko finished with a game-high 12 points, including two three-point baskets. Millea scored nine points and had four assists.
Chelsea Jory led Herkimer with 10 points.
The Hawkeyes trailed 25-21 at halftime as starting point guard Liz Millea missed more than 11 minutes of the first half with foul trouble. Millea picked up her second foul with 3:15 left in the opening quarter and did not play again until the second half.
Cooperstown was also playing without senior guard Maggie Hall, who Niles said is sitting out with several unspecified injuries. With Hall out and Millea on the bench, the Hawkeyes were down to a six-player rotation in the first half.
Cooperstown tied the game twice to start the second quarter, on a three-point basket by Morosko at 6:37, and on two free throws by Ciara McGoldrick at 6:00.
Herkimer went on a 6-0 run and Hannah Delude gave the Magicians their biggest lead of the game, 23-17, with 1:51 left in the half.
Niles said that he thinks his team is in good shape heading into the playoffs.
“You know, the way we played against Little Falls and Sherburne, I think in those cases they were kind of moral victories,” he said. “Then to come through this close game and play the way we played in the second half, I think we are going in the right direction. We have a good chance to win a couple of games in the section tournament.”
On Saturday, the Hawkeyes had no trouble in a home win over West Canada Valley, beating the Indians 72-20.
Millea scored 28 points and Christina Noto scored 17 to lead Cooperstown.
On Monday, the team played a non-league game at Camden, but results were not available Tuesday.
Cooperstown (9-5, 5-3) plays at Frankfort-Schuyler on Friday and hosts Unatego on Wednesday.
Cooperstown 43, Herkimer 34
HERKIMER: Hannah DeLude 2 2-2 6, Maxine Grogan 1 0-0 2, Lindsey Parese 1 0-0 2, Abbie Frappier 0 0-0 0, Nicole Zaleski 0 0-0 0, Allison Travis 1 0-2 2, Samantha Spanfelner 0 0-0 0, Chelsea Jory 5 0-0 10, Lilly Williams 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 15 4-10 34.
COOPERSTOWN (8-5, 4-3): Mallory Arthurs 1 0-0 2, Jenn Flynn 1 0-0 2, Lucy Ford 5 0-2 10, Ciarra McGoldrick 0 2-6 2, Liz Millea 3 3-4 9, S.J. Morosko 5 0-0 12, Christina Noto 2 2-2 6. TOTALS: 16 7-14 43.
Herkimer 15 10 4 5 - 34
Cooperstown 12 9 13 9 - 43
Three-point field goals: C 2 (Morosko 2). JV score: Cooperstown won.