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January 7, 2013

Defense leads SK boys to Grasso title

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Tournament MVP Trevor Holdridge and Anthony Salcido scored 14 points apiece to lead South Kortright to a 48-31 boys basketball victory over Milford in the final of the Pat Grasso Tournament on Saturday at Laurens.

Salcido hit both of his three-pointers as the Rams outscored Milford, 15-7, in the third quarter to take a 38-22 lead.

“I was really pleased with our defense,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. “We executed really well.”

The Rams played a box-and-one designed to slow all-tournament selection Peyton Griffiths, who was held to eight points after scoring 23 points in Milford’s 45-35 first-round win over Edmeston on Friday.

Griff Metzko guarded Griffiths.

“He did a nice job,” VanValkenburgh said of Metzko’s defense.

The Rams (5-3) will travel to Davenport tonight for a non-league game.

Eli Rutledge scored nine points and all-tournament selection Will Ward had five for Milford.

Laurens 59, Hancock 52

Sophomore Mitchell Barra scored his varsity high of 26 points to help host Laurens offset 11 three-pointers by Hancock as the Leopards won the consolation game of the Pat Grasso Tournament.

Barra, an all-tournament selection who also grabbed 16 rebounds, scored 11 points as Laurens outscored Hancock, 20-17, in the fourth quarter.

“He had a lot rebound putbacks,” Carr said of the 6-foot-3 Barra, whose previous high was 22 points. “He’s a real good rebounder.”

David Fraser contributed eight points and 10 rebounds, and Jared Conklin had 11 points for the Leopards (4-5), who’ll play host to Edmeston on Friday.

Ryan Smith had 15 points and three of Hancock’s 11 threes. Sam Worobey also hit three threes, and Eli Holton and Tyler Phillips had two apiece for the Wildcats.

Sidney 48, UV 35

Damian Zimmer and Bill Kozak combined for all but two of Sidney’s points in the fourth quarter, when the host Warriors pulled away for a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

Kozak scored half of his game-high 14 points and Zimmer had five of his 11 points as Sidney outscored the Storm, 14-7, over the final eight minutes.

Sidney coach Mike Brazee said Zimmer gave his squad good energy after the Warriors fell behind, 13-5, in the first quarter.

“He helped us close the gap,” Brazee said of Zimmer, who suffered a broken left leg during Sidney’s 31-30 football loss to Chenango Forks during the football season. “We started playing better defense. His presence on the court gave us a lift.”

Zimmer, a reserve, was playing his second game since returning from the injury.

Brazee credited Hunter Sowersby and Austin McCarroll with holding UV standout Justin Hofer to six points.

“Hunter and McCarroll and are quick athletic kids,” Brazee said. “They’ll normally guard the highest scoring players on the other teams. We’ve been keeping most teams below 40 points with good man-to-man defense.”

Joe Matzel contributed nine points and 13 rebounds for Sidney (7-1, 4-0), which will travel to Afton on Tuesday.

Kurt Haycook had seven points to lead UV.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Edmeston 31, Morris 28

Tournament MVP Savanna Fistrowicz and all-tournament selection Shelby McCall each scored 10 points as Edmeston handed the host school its first loss of the season in the championship game of the Joan Martin Tournament at Morris.

The Panthers outscored Morris, 19-10, in the second half. Sydney Smith scored five points and also made the all-tournament team for Edmeston.

Kelsea Webster and Amanda Flint had eight points apiece to lead Morris (5-1). Webster and Haley Wist (six points) were all-tournament selections for the Mustangs, who travel to Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.

B-G 48, Marathon 37

Tournament MVP Morgan Bullis scored 17 points, and Abbey Smith and Taylor Palmatier had 11 apiece to lead host Bainbridge-Guilford to victory in the final of the Kazalski Tournament.

The Bobcats (4-5) led, 24-12, at halftime. Smith, an all-tournament selection, had nine of her points in the first half.

“Smith was hitting some jumpers and she went 3-for-4 from the line (in the first half), and the other key was Bullis on the boards,” B-G coach Bob Conway said. “She really dominated on both ends.”

Bullis finished with 14 rebounds.

Amanda Horton had a game-high 18 points for the Olympians.

B-G will travel to Deposit on Wednesday.

Worcester 49, Delhi 19

All-tournament selection Cassie Sklenka scored 13 points — seven coming during a 16-5 second-quarter run — to lead Worcester to a consolation victory in the Ray Preston Tournament at Davenport.

Worcester (4-2) led, 21-9, at halftime.

Jessica Thompson contributed 12 points for Worcester, which will host Milford on Wednesday.

Kaitlin Haynes had eight points for Delhi.

The championship game between Davenport and Schenevus will be played Jan. 19.

Milford 31, Stamford 30

Tournament MVP Addy Lawson hit four three-point field goals en route to a game-high 16 points, leading Milford to victory in the championship game of the Stamford Tournament.

Lawson also made a two-pointer and went 2-for-2 at the foul line for the Wildcats (5-2), who took a 21-10 lead into halftime.

“We closed it up in the third quarter and went ahead by one in the fourth,” said Stamford coach Lonnie Nickerson, whose Indians (5-2) battled back with an 11-4 advantage in the third period. “We had the ball with 7.8 second left and they denied the inbounds pass. We couldn’t get it in.”

All-tournament selection Peggy Paffenroth keyed Milford’s victory with consecutive go-ahead baskets late in the fourth quarter.

“We went ahead and Paffenroth made a basket. Then we went up again and Paffenroth made another basket,” Nickerson said. “Those were her only points. She stepped up when they needed her to.”

Kim Freer and Cassie Ehrhart made the all-tournament team for Stamford. Ehrhart had a team-best 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Indians, who received eight points and a varsity-best 23 rebounds from Freer.

Stamford hosts Hunter-Tannersville on Tuesday.

Roxbury 47, Laurens 24

Kennedy Faraci scored her varsity high of 26 points to lead Roxbury to a consolation victory in the Stamford Tournament.

Faraci, who hit three threes and went 5-for-7 from the free throw line, was named to the all-tournament team. Kendal Sprague contributed nine points for the Rockets (5-3), who will travel to Downsville on Tuesday.

Shalyn Tilley had six points and all-tournament selection Taylor Kessler contributed four for Laurens.

INDOOR TRACK

Southern Tier Invitational

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s Eddie Cotton and Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s Julia Knapp placed first in the boys and girls long jump, respectively, Saturday in the Southern Tier Invitational at Cornell.

Cotton covered 21 feet, 4 ¼ inches.

Knapp’s winning jump measured 16-7. Knapp also finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds.

Others finishing in the top six Saturday were: Oneonta High’s Ben Gollin, who placed sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2:41.32; OHS girls 400 relay team of Taylor Hitchcock, Jennifer Jelic, Alexandra Sakoulas and Mary Buzzanca, which finished sixth in 4:30.55; and Sidney’s Samantha Mullineaux, who took sixth in the shot put at 32-6.

BOWLING

at Utica

Keith Thayer’s match-high 514 series included a 194 game as Cooperstown’s boys rolled to a 5-0 victory over host Clinton on Friday.

Kira Bryant’s 458 series paced the Redskins girls, who tied Clinton with a pinfall of 1,057 but won the match, 3-2.