Ryan Lansing scored 22 points as second-seeded Cooperstown survived a slow start to defeat visiting seven seed Herkimer, 63-56, in a Section III Class C boys basketball quarterfinal Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The teams split during the regular season, with Magicians beat the Hawkeyes, 69-63, Jan. 21, and Cooperstown winning Dec. 10, 77-75.
Cooperstown coach John Lambert said, "to come away with this win against a talented Herkimer team is a big confidence booster for these kids.”
Lansing is the only returning starter from last season’s state championship team, and it was his six points that helped the Hawkeyes erase an early 10-1 deficit after missing their first eight shots. The score was tied at 12 after one quarter.
“Ryan had his best game of the year. His energy, his hustle, his offensive decision making, his ability to make players better,” Lambert said. “We are going to rely on him. He’s the one who learned how to do it last year and we are very fortunate to have his experience as we move on.”
The Hawkeyes went on to outscore the Magicians in each of the final three quarters.
Lansing had eight field goals, one of them a 3-pointer, and went 5-for-6 from the line to total 22 points. He also had a team-high six assists.
Kaishaun Jefferson hit a pair of triples and went 6-for-7 from the foul line to score 18 points, and John Kennedy had six field goals with a 3-for-3 effort at the line for 15 points. He also pulled in a team-high 19 rebounds for a double-double.
Joe Senchyshyn had two points and 14 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.
Jordyn Lanaux scored a game-high 23 points for Herkimer.
Cooperstown (17-5) will take on third seed West Canada Valley in the Section III Class C semifinals at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena in Syracuse.
Third-seeded Cooperstown completed a sweep of its big rival, No. 11 Little Falls, in the quarterfinal round of the Section III Class C girls section tournament, Tuesday, Feb. 25, but the Mounties make the Hawkeyes work for the 55-52 win.
The Hawkeyes outscored Little Falls, 31-25, in the first half, which proved to be crucial as the visitors held the 25-24 scoring advantage in the second half.
Seven players scored for Cooperstown, with Piper Seamon leading the way with 15 points. Kate Donnelly had nine points, Meagan Schuermann and Lindsay Trosset each scored eight points and Gabby Woeppel had six points.
Schuermann also grabbed 11 rebounds while Woeppel and Dani Seamon (five points) each had eight boards. Trosset got five rebounds and Piper Seamon had six boards and seven assists.
Olivia Lindsay (16 points) and Riley Dunn (14 points) were the high scorers for Little Falls, which also netted six three-pointers to the Hawkeyes’ two.
Cooperstown (18-4) will face No. 2 Onondaga in the semifinal round at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Onondaga Community College.
First Round Boys
A 21-point fourth quarter was the difference as second-seeded Cooperstown beat No. 15 Waterville, 71-62, in the first round of the Section III Class C boys basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 21, at Cooperstown Central School.
The score favored the Hawkeyes, 50-47, after three quarters, before the hosts’ offense came alive in the final frame.
John Kennedy secured a double-double for Cooperstown with a game-high 35 points and 14 rebounds.
Ryan Lansing and Spencer Lewis combined for 22 points and Kaishaun Jefferson had eight points and 10 boards.
The Hawkeyes hit three triples, as Lewis led the way with two and Lansing followed with one.
Cooperstown totaled 26 field goals and went 16-for-26 on free throws
First Round Girls
Third-seeded Cooperstown used the three-ball to cruise past No. 14 Westmoreland, 66-39, at home in the first round of the Section III Class C girls basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 21.
The Hawkeyes hit six three-pointers, compared to three for the visitors, with Ashley Kiuber netting four and Kate Donnelly draining two. Kiuber compiled a team-high 14 points, while Donnelly registered 13.
Piper Seamon scored 12 points on five field goals while also grabbing seven steals.
Meagan Schuermann had eight points and 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Hawkeyes.
Cooperstown outscored Westmoreland in every quarter of play and did not allow more than 11 points in any frame.
Cooperstown (17-4) will host No. 11 Little Falls (9-12) for a quarter final Tuesday, Feb. 25.