February 28, 2009


Top tourney seed too much for TC3


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
TC3’s Michelle Tuetken (left) dives over Mohawk Valley’s Shauncy Claud (13) chasing after a loose ball in the first half of Friday’s Region III playoff game. Top seed Mohawk Valley rolled to a 66-34 win in Dryden.

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball season came to an end Friday night in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region III playoffs with a 66-34 loss to top-seeded Mohawk Valley CC.
The Panthers finish with a record of 13-13, going 9-12 in Region III play. Mohawk Valley, ranked third in the nation, is an unbeaten 22-0 against Region III opposition.
In other first round games on the Dryden campus, second-seed Onondaga CC rolled past seven-seed Fulton-Montgomery 85-58, third-seed Finger Lakes downed sixth-seed Herkimer County 76-67 and four-seed Broome CC clipped fifth-seed Cayuga CC 53-39.
Semifinal games are this afternoon, with the title to be decided Sunday at 1 p.m.
Mohawk Valley 66, TC3 34: Competing in playoff game for the first time in six years, the Panthers started the game cold from the floor and got colder in the second half. Despite playing good defense, the Panthers trailed 29-17 heading in the break. After hitting on just 23 percent in the first half, TC3 went 2-for-23 from the floor in the second half as Mohawk Valley pulled away.
Michelle Tuetken was the lone Panther in double figures with 10 points. Mackenzie Stilwell and Katie Currier each pulled down seven rebounds for the home team.
Amanda Campusano led Mohawk Valley with 16 points. Melissa St. Louis added 11 points and eight rebounds. Leslie Mencia was the top rebounder for the Hawks with nine.
In addition to dominating in the scoring column, Mohawk Valley enjoyed a 51-34 edge on the boards.
Onondaga CC 85, Fulton Montgomery 58: Jenna Rossi and Molly Byrne each scored 20 points to lead the Lazers (22-3) into the semifinals. Megan Maycumber and Caryn Crary posted double-doubles for OCC. Maycumber had 16 points and 19 rebounds while Crary added 11 points and 11 boards.
Amber Shamberger and Aiyesha Brown each scored 12 points for Fulton-Montgomery (12-11). Natalie Mosconi netted 10 points for the Raiders.
Finger Lakes 76, Herkimer County 67: Brittany Williams finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds as Finger Lakes CC (19-4) overcame a 38-27 halftime deficit with 49 second-half points. Bobbi Dixon chipped in with 20 points while Ashlee Langley and Sam Gable tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lakers.
Samantha Fox had the double-double for Herkimer (13-13) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elizabeth King netted 12 points for the Generals. Kim Vrigian scored 11 points and Hannah Gates tallied 10 points.
Broome CC 53, Cayuga CC 39: Alyssa Polosky led Broome CC (14-7) into the semifinals with a 13 point-16 rebound effort. Allison Bruet was the only other player in double figures as she netted 11 points for the Hornets.
Shakeem Green topped Cayuga CC (15-9) with nine points with Caitlin Dillard tallying eight points. Corissa Quattrini led the Spartan rebounders with 11 caroms.