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February 10, 2009

 

Cortland Christian girls off to finals

The Cortland Christian Academy girls’ basketball team earned a berth in Friday night’s Empire State Christian Athletic League championship game with a 47-26 semifinal win over visiting Baldwinsville Christian Academy Monday evening.
The Saints (8-6), who finished second in the league during the regular season, will face the winner of tonight’s game between fourth-place Cincinnatus Christian Academy and host Valley Heights from Norwich, the regular-season champion, for the crown. That game will take place at 5 p.m. Friday at Cincinnatus Central, with the boys’ title game to follow.
Baldwinsville CA (6-4), the third-place finisher during the regular season, led 17-12 early in the second quarter before the Saints scored 21 unanswered points, holding the visitors scoreless for almost 10 minutes, to take control of the game.
Faith Caster had scored 11 of Baldwinsville’s first 17 points, but was held to two points the rest of the way due to the alternating man-to-man defensive efforts of Kristen Miller, Charity Nelson and Beth Rofe.
Three players did all of the scoring for the winners. Diane Horton led the way with a career-high 21 points, while Larissa Miller added 14 and Leah Sweeney 12. The Saints dominated the boards, pulling down 52 rebounds. Larissa Miller led that effort with 14 rebounds, while Horton had 13 and Sweeney 11. The winners also totaled 18 assists, Larissa Miller with eight and Kristen Miller with four.
The top-seeded Cortland CA boys host fourth-place Baldwinsville CA at 6:30 p.m. today in their semifinal contest.

Cortland CA 47, Baldwinsville CA 26
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Baldwinsville CA (6-4) 26: F. Caster 6 0-0 13, H. Caster 2 0-0 4, Varju 1 0-0 2, D’Anna 1 1-6 3, Goldberg 0 0-0 0, Reid 2 0-2 4, Heyward 0 0-0 0, Maurey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 1-8 26.
Cortland CA (8-6) 47: Bush 0 0-2 0, Storey 0 0-0 0, Horton 10 1-2 21, L. Miller 7 0-0 14, L. Sweeney 6 0-2 12, K. Miller 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Rofe 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 1-6 47.
By quarters:
Baldwinsville Christian 13 4 4 5 — 26
Cortland Christian 8 13 16 10 — 47
3-point goals: Baldwinsville CA (1)- F. Caster. Cortland CA- None.