December 18, 2013


'Small' SC girls romp at Groton

BasketballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Ebony Marshall (12) of Groton drives around Jessie Kopp of Southern Cayuga Tuesday night.

Their numbers may be small, but Southern Cayuga girls are still a big basketball powerhouse in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division.
With only seven girls on their roster, the first place Chiefs rolled over host Groton Central 69-32 at Richard Court Gymnasium Tuesday evening. Jessica Kopp scored 24 points and Emily Kopp added 23 as Southern Cayuga improved to 5-0 in the division and overall with the win.
“Southern Cayuga may not have the numbers, but those girls give all they got,” Groton coach Jenn Case said after the loss, which kept her team winless through five contests this season. “They are in shape, they are disciplined and they simply took control of this game.”
Also in IAC North girls’ play on a night where school closings canceled a good chunk of the action, Union Springs was a 41-30 winner over Moravia behind Jamison Valentino’s game-high 15 points.
Groton boys suffered an IAC North road setback, the Indians losing 62-44 to Southern Cayuga in Poplar Ridge.
Southern Cayuga Girls 69, Groton 32: Being held to just eight points in the second half did in Groton, as the Indians trailed just 15-10 at the end of the opening quarter and were within 37-24 at halftime.
“We really played a decent first half. We just did not do anything in the second half,” said Coach Case, the Indians out-scored 33-8 over the final 16 minutes of play.
In addition to the big efforts from the Kopp duo, Sydney Cullen pumped in 11 points for Southern Cayuga.
Katie Vanbenschoten led the Indians with seven points, while Camielle Holmes added six points.
Groton will return to IAC North action Friday, the Indians hosting Marathon with JV action tipping off at 5:30 p.m.
Southern Cayuga Boys 62, Groton 44: Despite a career-high 20-point performance by Zach Ossit, including a trio of 3-pointers, visiting Groton (1-5) could not keep pace with Southern Cayuga (2-2).
The Chiefs led 33-24 at halftime and then pulled away further with a 19-10 scoring edge in the third quarter behind a balanced offensive showing. Justin Schneider led the winners with 18 points, Tom Miller added 17, Chad Reeves 10 and Brent Bianconi nine. All nine of Bianconi’s points came from 3-point range.
Michael Perkins was also in double figures for Groton with 10 points, also a career high, to go along with a team-leading eight rebounds.
“We turned the ball over four possessions in a row to start the third quarter,” Indians coach John D’Antonio said. “The first five minutes of that quarter weren’t good ones for us, and that was the game right there. Zach played his best game of the season, and Michael was very aggressive. He’s undersized, but took it to their big guy. But we couldn’t get any other scoring going.
“As has been the story all season, turnovers hurt us, and it seemed that we couldn’t get one loose ball. But give Southern Cayuga credit; they shot the ball well. Overall I thought we played OK, but not as good as we could have played,” he added.
Groton visits Marathon on Friday in an IAC North Small School Division match-up.
Olympians Play Tonight
Marathon will make-up Tuesday’s postponed IAC North Division games with Whitney Point tonight. The Olympian boys will travel to Whitney Point with a 5:30 p.m. JV tip. The Marathon girls will host Whitney Point.


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