The Daily Star
---- — Cooperstown’s girls made a 28-point improvement over their first meeting against Sherburne-Earlville, but it still wasn’t enough.
Liz Millea scored a game-high 16 points, but host Cooperstown lost, 50-49, in a Center State Conference basketball game Monday.
“I thought we played awesome,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “We lost to them by 29 a month ago. It shows how much we’ve grown up in a month of basketball.”
Savannah Irwin capped her 12-point night by hitting two free throws with about 50 seconds left to give the Marauders a 50-48 lead.
Cooperstown’s Jenn Flynn hit 1 of 2 free throws with about 15 seconds left to make it a one-point game.
Cooperstown then fouled Irwin with 11 seconds left. She missed the free throw, but S-E’s Lilly Berg rebounded.
“We thought we might have tied her up or she might have traveled, but she kicked it out and then they swung it around, and the time ran out,” Niles said.
Berg scored eight of team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, when S-E outscored Cooperstown, 15-12.
Cooperstown trailed, 26-23, but outscored the Marauders, 14-7, in the third quarter. Christina Noto went 4-for-4 from the line, Millea hit a three-pointer and SJ Morosko hit a late three-pointer that gave Cooperstown a 37-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“The first time we played them, they ran us out of the gym,” Niles said of the 66-37 loss last month. “We did not get burned in transition. We ran a lot more offense and we were calmer. We played our guts out and took a big step.”
Maggie Hall had 11 points, Lucy Ford finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and Millea had seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Cooperstown (7-4, 3-2) will host Little Falls on Friday.
Milford 46, Worcester 32
Addy Lawson and Maddy Zenir finished with 16 points apiece to lead Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory at home.
Zenir, who also had 10 rebounds, scored 13 points in the first half. Lawson finished with five steals for the Wildcats.
Cierra Ralph paced Worcester with eight points.
Milford (7-4, 4-3) will host Morris today.
Davenport 60, Windham 18
Jenna Lutz had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Davenport to a Delaware League victory.
Sarah Haight contributed 11 points, 10 steals and seven assists for the Wildcats (5-3, 4-1), who will travel to Andes on Thursday.
Katie Pelham had eight points to lead Windham.
Franklin 54, Gilboa 20
Marisa Cawley and Jordan Beers had 26 and 20 points, respectively, to lead Franklin to a convincing victory in the championship game of the Margaretville Tournament on Saturday.
Cawley also had 17 rebounds.
Beers, the tournament’s MVP, scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Purple Devils took an 18-2 lead. Cawley, an all-tournament selection, had eight points in the first period.
“Gilboa is a decent team,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said. “We had a game plan going in to try to minimize the touches of (Kendall) Thorington and the stop the penetration from Oliver girl. I think defensively, we met our two goals and that’s why we got out to the big lead.”
Beers passed former Harpursville standout Lindsay Kimmel to move into ninth place on Section Four all-time scoring list for girls basketball. Beers has 2,092 points. Kimmel graduated in 2007 with 2,082 points.
Beers, a senior, needs 50 points to become the all-time leading scorer among Daily Star circulation area players. Erica Knolhoff, a 1999 Windham graduate, tops the list with 2,141 points.
Mariah McNeilly also made the all-tournament team for Franklin (7-0), which will host once-beaten Schenevus tonight.
BOWLINGat Sunset Lanes
Senior Caryn Balnis rolled a program-record 277 game, but Oneonta High fell, 3-2, to Susquehanna Valley in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference match.
Balnis’ 277 eclipses the mark of 268 she set earlier this season, OHS coach Mark Smithling said.
Balnis threw the 277 in her second game. She started with four straight strikes. After sparing in the fifth frame, Balnis strung together six strikes in a row. She left one pin on her last ball.
Balnis finished with 628 series. Emily Loucks contributed a 542 series that included a 200 game and Abigail Loucks rolled a 222.
The Yellowjackets (8-3) will host Norwich on Wednesday.
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Skyler Taylor’s 529 series included a 181 game, but Cooperstown’s boys lost, 5-0, to New York Mills in the Center State Conference.
WRESTLINGWalton 51, UV 18
Pins by Bailey Wood, Dylan Wood and Stephen Dutcher helped visiting Walton to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
The Warriors also received a technical fall victory from Caleb Robinson.
Caleb Simons won by pin for Unadilla Valley, which will host Greene today.