February 19, 2010
Saints sharp in Senior Night tilts
Cortland Christian Academy celebrated Senior Night for its basketball players Thursday with a pair of victories over visiting Union Springs Academy.
Senior Joseph Stupke scored a career-high 10 points, including all six overtime points, to lift the Saints’ boys to a 48-46 victory.
For the girls, senior Leah Sweeney scored a game-high 13 points during a 43-21 win over Union Springs Academy.
Cortland CA boys 48, Union Springs Acad. 46, OT: With Nate Ploss out for the season with a broken leg and senior Nick Rofe rolling an ankle with six minutes left in regulation time, Stupke put together a storybook game.
Trailing 38-37 with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, Stupke hit the first-pointer of his career to give Cortland CA (13-6 overall) a 40-38 lead. Union Springs would tie the game at 40-40 with 55 seconds remaining and the two teams would remain deadlocked at the end of regulation tie 42-42.
The Saints trailed 46-45 when Stupke hit his second 3-pointer of the night with eight seconds remaining in the overtime segment. Cortland Christian would hold on to the two-point win, avenging a 58-56 loss to Union Springs in January.
Iler left the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds to record the double-double. Senior Nick Rofe led Cortland Christian Academy with 17 points. Caleb Kinney added nine points, 17 rebounds, five steals and four assists to the winning cause.
Keegan Nichols was the third Saints’ senior to be honor in pre-game ceremonies.
Cortland CA girls 43, Union Springs Acad. 21: Three Cortland Christian played their last home game for the Saints. The senior trio included Diane Horton, Larissa Miller and Leah Sweeney and all three contributed in the victory.
Cortland Christian (15-3) took a 9-6 first-quarter lead and pulled away by scoring 24 points in the middle two quarters. That allowed the Saints to build a 20-8 halftime advantage and 33-10 cushion through three quarters.
Sweeney finished the game with 13 points and eighth rebounds. Horton added four pints and seven rebounds while Miller had seven rebounds, seven assists and two points. Brianna Harvey chipped in with 12 points.
Dominique Edwards scored 11 of the visitors 21 points.
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