December 9, 2011
Cincy sweeps Rockets
The Cincinnatus Central girls’ volleyball team scored a big victory Thursday evening and ruined the season-opener for visiting DeRuyter, sweeping their Central Counties League rival 25-17, 25-21, 25-15.
The DeRuyter boys’ basketball team, meanwhile, dropped a 56-47 CCL decision to visiting Madison. while McGraw beat non-league host George Junior Republic 57-36.
Cincinnatus 3, DeRuyter 0: The Red Lions needed to rally back in the second set and were in control in the first and third en route to their second win in as many CCL outings this season. DeRuyter opened the season having won or shared seven of the last eight league championships.
“Despite some first home-game jitters, the girls got off to a good start in the first set with some strong serving from Mallory Cobb and Sydney Burritt,” Cincy coach Macy Cobb said. “We jumped out to a four-point lead and kept it the entire time. DeRuyter jumped on a good lead in the second set behind Krista Lake and we had to battle back. We were behind 11-8 when Cobb served six points, including four straight aces, to put us ahead 15-11.
“Then Lake served her second time around and DeRuyter took the lead back at 19-15. Burritt came to the line for us and we took the lead back 21-19 with the help of Kassidy Kievit with three blocks, and we quickly finished the set. Kievit came alive in the third set landing four of her seven kills on the night while Burritt continued to serve strong with five aces in this final set.”
Kievit finished with seven kills and three blocks. Burritt had eight aces while going 21-for-21 from the serving line and also had four kills, an assist and a block while Cobb went 16-for-18 serving with seven aces and also had a team-high seven assists, five kills and four digs.
Shannon Eckler had six assists for DeRuyter, while Andrea Newton had two kills and two blocks and Whitney Wilsey two kills and a dig.
“I thought that our girls did very well in our first match of the season,” Rockets coach Gary Burdick said. “We need to work on passing the ball with more accuracy so that that we can run our offense. We usually serve a little better than we did in this match, so we will have to work on that as well. There seemed to be a lot of nervousness, and that we can figure on. I think we did a lot of things very well and we will have to build on those things.”
Both teams will compete in the CCL Tournament Saturday at DeRuyter starting at 9 a.m. Cincy then visits McGraw on Monday, DeRuyter traveling to Brookfield that same evening.
IN BOYS’ BASKETBALL —
Madison 56, DeRuyter 47: The Blue Devils broke open a close game by outscoring their hosts 19-10 in the third quarter to open up a 43-31 lead heading into the final eight minutes and went on to win their opener while dropping the Rockets to 0-2 in the league and 0-3 overall.
“The guys played hard, but we just keep coming up a little short,” DeRuyter coach Tom Springer said. “We didn’t have the same intensity we had Tuesday (in a 47-45 loss to McGraw). Madison did a real nice job of setting up and running their offense all the way through, something we haven’t done all the time.”
Senior forward Dylan Tucker had 11 points and eight rebounds for the hosts, while junior guard Tim Roodenburg had 10 points. Springer cited Tucker and Troy Gordon for their board work, Gordon controlling five rebounds, and Roodenburg for his play on both defense and offense.
“It was turnovers — we had 20 in the game — and fouls that hurt us,” Springer said. “We sent Madison to the foul line 39 times and they made 18, while we went 6-for-11 from the line. That’s where we lost the game. We have to do a better job of running the offense all the way through and go hard hard to the basket instead of standing around shooting 3-pointers.”
Derrick Schmidt had a game-high 17 points for Madison, complemented by Mike Best with 12.
DeRuyter hosts Cincinnatus on Tuesday, the JVs getting things underway with a 5:30 p.m. start.
McGraw 57, George Junior Republic 36: The Eagles improved to 2-0 overall in a game they controlled throughout, breaking out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and building the advantage from there.
“Defense was the key,” McGraw coach Corey Wilson said. “We went man-to-man pretty much the whole game, and also did an exceptional job of being patient on offense. We got a lot of points inside, and our shot selection was better than on Tuesday (against DeRuyter). Our bench play was good, too, which was a big plus.”
Senior guard Wade Morse led the winners with 13 points, while senior guard Dylan Beaumont added 12 points and senior center Matt Kenyon had 11 to go with a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks. Morse and senior guard Austin Chambers had six rebounds each as the Eagles pulled down 33 in all. Beaumont also had three steals. No individual statistics were reported for George Junior Republic.
— The McGraw JVs improved to 2-0 with an easy victory, no score or further details reported.
Both Eagle squads travel to Otselic Valley on Tuesday for league action beginning with the 5:30 p.m. JV contest.
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