February 4, 2011


CCL Roundup: Cincy spikers savor payback

It was worth the wait for the Cincinnatus Central volleyball team Thursday night.
In a match that had twice been postponed by weather, the Red Lions downed visiting DeRuyter 18-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-18 to hand the first place Rockets their only Central Counties League loss in their final league match of the season.
DeRuyter, which had already clinched an eighth CCL regular season title earlier this week, fell to 12-4 overall.
“Looking for a little payback, the girls were ready for the Rockets in the twice-rescheduled match,” said Cincy coach Macy Cobb after avenging one of two losses in seven CCL matches this season. “We had two sick/injured players the first time we met in December, so we had really been looking forward to a rematch for some time.”
Cincy improved to 7-5 overall with the victory.
The McGraw Central boys’ basketball team was a 47-34 Central Counties League winner over visiting Cincinnatus to rekindle that rivalry. In girls’ basketball, Cincinnatus scored a 46-20 Center State Conference Division IV win over host Otselic Valley.Cincinnatus 3, DeRuyter 1: “We got off to a slow start, not taking advantage of our strong servers by losing the ball during a volley,” said Coach Cobb of her Red Lions. “Once we settled in, we were able to defend our court pretty well. The girls were picking up many of the DeRuyter hits and then converted them to run our own offense.”
Mallory Cobb had nine aces, 22 assists, six kills, nine digs and two blocks for the winners, while Kassidy Kievit had 17 kills and 12 digs as well as earning praise from her coach for her serving. Johanna Stark had 12 digs, five kills and a ace and Sydney Burritt three aces, two assists, eight kills and eight digs.
“It was by far the best match we have played in a while,” Coach Cobb said. “It comes at a great time as we prepare for sectionals that start next week.”
DeRuyter got 23 assists, three digs, an ace and two kills from Kayla Hampton, while Amber Slocum had 11 kills, six digs, six aces, an assist and five blocks, Bridget Way eight kills and 17 digs and Danielle Cuddeback seven digs and six kills.
Both teams were to close out the regular season tonight, Cincy hosting Brookfield in a league match and DeRuyter visiting Fabius-Pompey in a non-leaguer.
McGraw 47, Cincinnatus 34: A fast start helped propel the Eagles to their eighth win in 10 league games and 10th in 14 contests overall.
Dylan Beaumont had 14 points and five assists for McGraw, while Matt Kenyon had 10 points and 15 assists. Jason Lindley led the Red Lions (3-6 CCL, 4-10 overall) with 10 points.
“We came out strong in the first four minutes of the game, going on a 9-0 run,” McGraw coach Corey Wilson said. “We hit some outside jump shots that were key against their zone defense. This is the time of the year when our shooting has to improve and get better consistently. I thought we did a great job of not forcing many of our shots and taking good shots from quick ball movement.”
The winners led 14-10 after one quarter, 26-17 at halftime and 33-24 heading into the fourth.
“We went cold in the third quarter and they were able to pull within five at one point,” said McGraw’s Wilson. “Our guys fought back and were able to score on some transition baskets to get back in the rhythm again. We are playing some good basketball right now, with confidence. It’s a good time in the season to have those qualities.”
l The Red Lion JV team won, 46-36. Jon Morse led McGraw (10-4) with 17 points, while Collin Pickert and Brad Hill added six each.
McGraw’s teams visit Blessed Virgin Mary Tuesday in non-league play, while Cincy’s squads next host DeRuyter Wednesday in CCL contests.
Cincinnatus 46, Otselic Valley 20: The Red Lions roared to a 12-1 win after one quarter and never looked back en route to improving to 5-3 in the league and 6-6 overall. “I moved Whitney Cobb from guard to the high post, we got the ball in to her and she made some nice passes,” Cincy coach John Rutan said. “We shot pretty well, and did a good job of slowing the tempo down, since we only had six players (due to illness). We didn’t have a lot of turnovers; the girls played a lot calmer.”
Nicolette Otto added nine points and eight rebounds for the visitors, while Kelli Clark hauled down 12 boards, and Cobb had 10. Hope Reynolds led the Vikings with five points.
l The Red Lions won the JV game 30-29 as Liz Golicki hit a jump shot from the lane with two seconds left off a stolen inbounds pass.
Cincy hosts Madison Tuesday and Tyburn Academy Thursday, and closes out the season against visiting DeRuyter on Feb. 14.


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