January 23, 2009


Rockets pushed to limit by Lions


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
DeRuyter’s Amber Slocum (7) goes up to block Cincinnatus’ Deanna Fink (1) in the third game of Thursday’s CCL match, pulled out by visiting DeRuyter.

The DeRuyter Central volleyball team is once again the Central Counties League champion, but it didn’t come easy.
The visiting Rockets, who have now claimed the CCL crown the last four seasons, finished a spotless 6-0 league campaign and improved to 8-6 overall with a hard-fought 27-29, 25-17, 21-25, 30-28, 25-23 win over second-place Cincinnatus Thursday night.
The host DeRuyter girls’ basketball team beat McGraw for the second time in two nights, 50-28, while the George Junior Republic boys’ basketball squad beat visiting Cincinnatus 50-32.
DeRuyter 3, Cincinnatus 2: “It was a close match with a lot of good defense,” Rockets coach Gary Burdick said. “We dug the ball really well, but our serving was a little off. There were a lot of long volleys, and we got the points we needed, The first game was an indication of how things would go; you wondered it some of the games would ever end.
“Down 2-1, it’s either win or put you stuff in your bag and go home. The girls weren’t ready to leave; they showed a lot of stamina and stick-to-it-tiveness. They wanted to win.”
“We played a great game, the best so far this year,” said Red Lions coach Macy Cobb, whose team ad a chance going into the match to tie for the league title and finished 4-2 in CCL play and are now 7-6 overall. “As a team, we dug 70 balls and covered the floor very well. Every set was up for grabs, and it became an endurance battle.
“The real turning point happened in the fifth set when setter Sarah Brown went down with an ankle injury with us down 12-10. She couldn’t return to the match; I had no subs left and had to make an irregular substitution and go to a different offense. The girls adjusted well, but not soon enough to take the lead and the match. DeRuyter played a tough match as well.”
Jen Cizenski had eight kills, 23 assists, a block and seven digs for the Rockets, while Weslee Eckler had eight kills, 18 assists, three aces, two blocks and nine digs, Bridget Way 10 kills, three aces and 14 digs, Amber Slocum six kills, five aces and 13 digs, Morgan Mierke 11 kills and an ace and Samantha Moade seven kills, two aces and a block.
Hannah Smith had 17 kills and 11 digs for Cincy, while Jonelle Eccleston had seven aces, 20 assists, two kills, 16 digs and a block, Brown 14 assists, five kills and 18 digs, Deanna Frink an ace, eight kills, three blocks and seven digs and Dusty Fisk two aces, five kills, a block and 14 digs.
DeRuyter visits Hamilton Tuesday and hosts Faith heritage a week from today before taking part in the league tournament at Stockbridge Valley next Saturday. Cincy will also be at the league tournament after visiting Hamilton a week from today.
DeRuyter 50, McGraw 28: Amber Tucker had a game-high 20 points to lead the Rockets, who outscored their visitors in each of the game’s four quarters to win going away. Aissa Seamans added 11 points, while Nicole Purcell had 10 for the Eagles (4-7).
“I knew after Wednesday’s game that we had to put more pressure on seasons and Raechel Townsend, who had 36 of their 43 points (23 and 13, respectively), and we did a better job of keeping those two in check, but Amber Tucker had a big game for them.” McGraw coach Troy Bilodeau said.
“They shot the ball really well, while depth continues to be an issue for us. We had two players out again, and lost Chelsea Hayes to an ankle injury early in the game. This forced some of the other players to have to step up, and they did a nice job of answering the challenge.”
Bilodeau noted that Hayley MacLean came off the bench to score five points, while Courtney Tillotson added four points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams visit Madison in their next games, McGraw next Thursday and DeRuyter on Feb. 4.
George Junior 50, Cincinnatus 32: The winners took control early, moving to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and going on to drop the Red Lions to 3-12 overall. Tyler Kemak had 12 points and 1o rebounds to pace Cincy, while Kyle Eaton had eight points and Jacob Silverstein eight rebounds.
“Playing back-to-back games isn’t an easy task by any means, but our guys fought to the end,” said Red Lions coach John Protheroe, whose squad had lost to visiting DeRuyter 50-34 on Wednesday night. “Take nothing away from their young talent; their point guard (Carpenter, who scored a game-high 23 points) could play. He made every shot he took in the first half. It didn’t matter if we were in his face or not, he drained everything. We switched the defense (to a box-and-one) and were able to slow him down after the first half.
“But after a tough, hard-fought game the night before we didn’t have the legs to run as hard as we expect ourselves to.”
— Cincy JVs improved to 12-3 by handing host George Junior Republic its first loss, 42-36. Joe Peri had 14 points for the winners, while Manny Uribe added 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals.
“We had control for most of the game, but George Junior never quit and simply made their shots in the fourth quarter,” Red Lions coach Jim Halstrom said. “They closed our 11-point fourth-quarter lead down to three before Anthony Bowman came up big with two rebounds, a basket and a free throw and Jason Lindley also had two rebounds and converted two free throws down the stretch.”
Both of Cincy’s teams visit Madison Saturday afternoon.