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December 24, 2012

OHS girls still perfect; Bliss hits nine threes

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Sam Alicandri made three three-pointers en route to a team-best 15 points for Pearl River, which received 14 points from Missy Scognamiglio.

Hayley Dower and Minnie Webster also hit threes for OHS, which opens play in the Pete Hyde Tournament against Owego at 5 p.m. Thursday. Oneonta will meet Vestal the following day in the second and final round of the tournament, which is hosted by multiple venues. The Jackets will play both of their STAC rivals at Johnson City Middle School.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cooperstown 74, Westmoreland 44

Senior guard Ethan Bliss made a program-record nine three-point field goals en route to a varsity-best 34 points as Cooperstown cruised to a Center State Conference Division III road victory Saturday.

“He was just on fire,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said of Bliss, who also hit three two-pointers and went 1-for-2 at the foul line. “He’s coming off good screens and has a quick release. The ball comes to him more often than not and we need him to score. We rely on him quite a bit.”

Bliss’ second 30-point game of the season featured two threes in each of the first three quarters and three more in the fourth. He eclipsed the single-game program record of eight three-pointers set by Brennan Hill in 2000, the season before Bertram became the Redskins’ varsity coach.

Bliss has an area-best 34 threes in seven games for Cooperstown, which improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in division play. Hunter-Tannersville senior Zach Mudge ranks second among area boys basketball players with 19 threes.

Seth Schaeffer set Cooperstown’s single-season program record of 76 threes during the 1992-93 season and hit 76 more during the 1993-94 season. Schaeffer is the Redskins’ all-time leader for three-pointers, too, with 217 from 1991-1994.

Sawyer Haney contributed 10 points Saturday for the Redskins, who received seven points – all during Cooperstown’s 25-13 first quarter – from Australian exchange student Noah Sims. Bertram said Sims will return to Australia on Jan. 10.

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