Franklin 56, CV-S 37
ONEONTA — Second-seeded Franklin won its second consecutive Tri-Valley League girls basketball championship by defeating No. 1 Cherry Valley-Springfield on Saturday, Feb. 15, at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena.
Kayla Campbell and Marissa Campbell propelled the Purple Devils as the sisters combined for 40 points on 16 total field goals. Kayla finished with a game-high 26 points while Marissa contributed 14, including four 3-pointers.
“We knew that (CV-S) would be all eyes on Kayla and we knew other people were going to have to step up, and Marissa stepped up big in that first half,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said. “Alyssa (Nowhitney) hit some big shots, Maddy (Ackley) got in on it, Meredith (Shivers) got in on it and that’s what it takes to beat a good team like CV-S. It’s got to be a collective effort.”
On the other end of the court, Franklin’s defense rarely allowed Cherry Valley-Springfield easy buckets. The Patriots’ 12 points in the third quarter were the most they scored in any period.
“All week long in practice we’ve been trying to get our defensive game plan together and working hard at trying to give a very good team a different defensive look,” Dutcher said. “I thought the girls came out and executed it really well and I thought it caused them to play in a way, especially early on, a way they weren’t used to playing.”
“It was a team effort, completely,” Kayla Campbell said. “Maddy did a great job lining up (Joleen) Lusk the entire game and just the communication from all of us really helped out.”
Lusk earned a double-double in the only other meeting between the teams, back on Jan. 14, by securing 13 points and 18 rebounds in a game Cherry Valley-Springfield won, 34-24. Saturday, Lusk was limited to seven points while Kelsey Girard led the Patriots with 11.
CV-S was held to fewer than 40 points for just the third time all season.
Kendra McGovern (eight points) and Emma Whiteman (five points) aided the CV-S (16-2) offense.
Cooperstown 60, Waterville 54
Ashley Kiuber and Piper Seamon combined for 35 points as Cooperstown closed its regular season with a Center State Conference Division III girls basketball win over host Waterville.
The Hawkeyes used a 17-11 edge in the second quarter to open a 29-22 lead at halftime. The lead proved to be enough as Waterville held a slim lead, 32-31, in the second half.
Kiuber hit six field goals, including both of Cooperstown’s three-pointers, and went 4-for-6 at the line to lead the Hawkeyes with 18 points. Seamon had six field goals and hit five of 15 free throws for 17 points.
Lindsey Trosset contributed nine points and Danielle Seamon scored seven for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 10-0).
Edmeston 60, RS 41
ONEONTA — Josh Martin scored 27 points for top-seeded Edmeston in its win over No. 2 Richfield Springs on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Dewar Arena on the campus of SUNY Oneonta.
Martin drained nine field goals, four of them coming from beyond the arc, and sank all five of his free throws to give the Panthers their second consecutive Tri-Valley League championship.
“It feels amazing because we haven’t won in (a long time) before that,” Martin said. “It comes down to all the hard work we do in practice. The listening, executing, working hard, playing as a team, playing team defense, is all what’s helped out.”
“We played a real good ballgame tonight,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. “We took care of the basketball. I think maybe we had eight or nine turnovers and if we do that and get some other guys scoring, if we work the basketball around, we’re a tough team to beat.”
The Panthers led, 16-10, after eight minutes, but began to separate themselves in the second quarter thanks in large part to Martin. The junior notched 10 points in the frame while Greg DeVries garnered four points as the only other Edmeston player to score in the period. Martin’s outburst gave the Panthers a 30-15 advantage at the midway point.
“That kid is just solid,” Belden said.
Jacob Bennett finished as Richfield Springs’ top scorer with nine points while Brady Young (eight points), Duncan (eight) and Dylan Hosford (seven) also contributed.
Edmeston (18-2) won the first game between the teams, 48-44, on Dec. 19, and has won five straight.
“I feel real good,” Belden said. “These last two or three weeks we’ve really started to play awesome defense and that’s the big thing of it right there. If we can keep playing defense, weak-side help defense, we’re going to be fine.”