By Greg Klein
---- — Cherry Valley-Springfield went on a 12-0 run to end the third quarter and help defeat visiting Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, 38-25, in a Tri-Valley girls basketball game on Tuesday.
“We just came out and played hard in the second half,” CV-S coach Tim Dubben said. “We adjusted our press and started playing better defense. Then we started making shots, started making layups and started making our free throws.”
Trailing 15-12 at halftime, the Lady Raiders tied the game on Victoria Hutzley’s three-point shot with 6:16 left in the quarter. The Patriots then scored the next 12 points, holding G-MU scoreless for nearly 8 minutes, and ending the quarter with a 27-15 lead.
Jordan Loucks broke the tie with a 8-footer at 5:55, and Kylie Graham ended the run with a basket in the paint with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
Graham also scored the first five CV-S points of the fourth quarter, and CV-S led by as many as 19 points, 38-19, before G-MU scored the final six points of the game.
Graham led all scorers with 11 points. Olivia Hull scored nine points and Roberta Zaccagnino scored eight points for the Patriots.
Hutzley led G-MU with five points.
The two teams were tied 6-6 after one quarter, and the Patriots seemed bothered by the G-MU press early.
“We practice against the press all the time in practice,” Dubben said. “We were doing too much dribbling and not enough passing.”
In the second quarter, CV-S began to adjust and led 15-10 before G-MU tied the game early in the second half.
CV-S (4-3, 2-1) plays at Franklin on Jan. 4. Dubben said his team could use the break.
“We’re getting a bit of the sickness,” he said. “The flu is starting to creep up on us; we had a few girls sick tonight. It is good we have a couple of weeks to get better.”