The Daily Star
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Ethan Bliss made seven three-pointers — one coming just before the buzzer in regulation and two more in overtime — and scored 31 points to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 78-70 non-league basketball victory at Sherburne-Earlville on Thursday.
Perhaps the biggest basket came from a guy playing in his final game for Cooperstown. With the Redskins trailing by a point and about 1:30 left in overtime, Noah Sims hit a step-back three-pointer to give the Redskins the lead for keeps.
Sims, who finished with 19 points, is an exchange student from Australia. Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said Sims is heading back to Australia today.
“He does a lot of good things for us,” Bertram said of Sims, who also played football for Cooperstown. “He penetrates well. It’s definitely going to hurt. It’s going to leave a mark, but we have younger guys who have been stepping up.”
Bliss followed Sims’ go-ahead basket with a three-pointer as the Redskins pulled away.
“It was fantastic,” Bertram said of the victory that evened his team’s record at 5-5. “We played strong, hard-nosed Cooperstown basketball. Everybody contributed the whole way. We got down by 12 at one point and we just fought back.”
Bliss’ 31 points and seven threes are not his season highs. In a 74-44 victory over Westmoreland in December, Bliss scored 34 points and hit nine threes.
“It flowed to him,” Bertram said of Bliss’ night. “It wasn’t a get-it-to-him type thing. He took it in stride. They were in his face, but we got him the ball in good situations.”
Cooperstown, which graduated five starters off last season’s team that advanced to the Class C state semifinals, trailed by three points in regulation. The Redskins were forced to foul with about 10 seconds left. S-E missed both free throws.
On Cooperstown’s final possession of regulation, it missed a three-pointer, but Niko Knull rebounded the miss and kicked it out to Bliss, who hit a three from the key just before the buzzer to tie the score.
Jordan Manikus contributed 14 points for Cooperstown, which will host Westmoreland on Monday.
Austin Jasper had 20 points to lead S-E.
Unatego 66, Harpursville 46
Kellen Komenda’s 16 points led four Unatego players in double figures as the Spartans cruised to a Midstate Athletic Conference win at home.
Tanner Winchester scored 12 points, Quinn Barnhart had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Tyler Butler finished with eight points.
“It really started with team defense,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said. “Everyone was working on the defensive end and that helped us in transition.”
Justin Koranka had 14 points to lead Harpursville, which trailed, 30-19, at halftime.
Unatego (6-3, 5-0) will travel to Greene on Wednesday.
SK 41, Jefferson 27
Kayla Craft’s 22-point night included a 10-for-12 showing at the free throw line and two three-pointers as host South Kortright won in the Delaware League.
The Rams (10-0, 8-0) played without starting guard Tori Rockefeller, who has an injured right ankle. SK coach Josh Burroughs said he expects Rockefeller to return for his team’s next game Wednesday at home against Roxbury.
Craft also had 11 rebounds and eight steals.
Of Craft’s three-pointers, Burroughs said: “That range makes her harder to guard.”
Miquela Hanselman finished with 11 rebounds, five steals and four points for SK, which led, 24-14, at halftime.
Defensively, SK kept Jefferson in single digits in all four quarters.
“Burk Cole stepped in for Tori and did a great job,” Burroughs said. “She disrupted their offense, tipped balls and had some steals. Brianna Laing is doing a nice job as an eighth-grader and Kayla Warycha had a nice game.”
Elissa Starheim scored 16 points to lead the J-Hawks.
Stamford 43, Margaretville 38
Kim Freer scored 10 of her game-high 17 points as Stamford opened 10-point halftime lead and held on to win the Delaware League.
Cassie Ehrhart contributed 14 points for the Indians, who led 34-20, heading into the final quarter.
Annette Hogan hit two three-pointers and Kellsey Buerge hit a pair of jumpers in the fourth quarter for Margaretville, but the Blue Devils never got their deficit below five points.
Tess Svoboda had a team-high nine points — one more than Hogan — for Margaretville (3-7, 2-5), which will travel to Roxbury a week from today.
H-T 61, Windham 23
Sarah Murin and Taylor Firmalino had 10 points apiece as host Hunter-Tannersville took a 19-point lead into halftime en route to a Delaware League victory.
Murin finished with 14 points and nine assists. Firmalino had eight rebounds to go along with 12 points and Rae Goss contributed nine points for the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4), who will travel to Davenport on Wednesday.
Hannah Exum had 11 points to lead Windham.
Downsville 60, Andes 40
Kaileen Townsend scored all of her game-high 19 points after halftime to lead visiting Downsville to a Delaware League victory.
Andes stayed close in the first half. Jade Litaker scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter as the Mountaineers trailed, 19-18 at halftime.
Then Townsend took over.
“She’s good off the dribble and she can get to the basket as well,” Andes coach Jeff Rhone said of Townsend, who went 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Leigha Latourette and Samantha Bingay had 13 points apiece for the Eagles.
Sam Falco contributed 12 points for Andes (1-8), which will host Jefferson on Wednesday.
Roxbury 44, Gilboa 26
Kennedy Faraci scored a game-high 19 points to lead visiting Roxbury to a Delaware League victory.
Faraci hit five field goals and went 9-for-12 at the foul line, where the Rockets finished 16-for-28.
Brooke Koerner’s eight points paced the Wildcats (7-4, 5-4), who held a 13-11 lead after one quarter but were outscored, 12-2, in the second.
We weren’t hitting our shots (after the first quarter), so things changed,” said Gilboa coach Melinda Koerner, whose team visits Downsville on Wednesday.
H-P 54, Cooperstown 48
Luke Zenir lowered his school record in the 100-yard butterfly, but Cooperstown suffered its first loss of the season as Holland-Patent won a Frontier League meet with a victory in the final event.
Zenir finished the 100 butterfly in 58.37 seconds for the Redskins (6-1), who received wins from Sean Mebust (200 individual medley, 2:14.93), Eric Mebust (100 freestyle, 54.05), Michael Kern (100 backstroke, 1:04.41) and Aaron Idelson (diving, 191.15 points).
Zenir, Sean Mebust and Idelson joined Matt Frevele for a triumph in the 200 medley relay (1:53.37) for the Redskins, who finished second in the 400 free relay (3:41.32) as H-P won the final event by four seconds to clinch the meet victory.
“It was the most exciting meet I’ve seen yet,” Cooperstown coach Cheryl Rock said. “Every event, the whole place was just going nuts. Holland-Patent has always had a great team. They’re Class B in swimming, so we did really well. I’ve never heard so much noise ever. The races were pretty intense.”
Cooperstown hosts Utica Proctor on Jan. 23.
Cooperstown 3, O-E 0
Katie Booan had 24 assists Wednesday to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference sweep of Oppenheim-Ephratah.
Caroline Leonard, Brooke Liner and Christina Grigoli contributed seven kills apiece for the Redskins, who cruised to a 25-11, 25-21, 25-16 victory.
Erin Hascup finished with 15 digs for Cooperstown (6-1, 2-1), who host Mount Markham today.
Walton 42, UV 12
Logan Robinson and Dylan Wood pinned their respective opponents during a four-match winning streak that led host Walton to a dual-meet triumph over Midstate Athletic Conference rival Unadilla Valley.
Robinson pinned Caleb Simonds with 2 seconds left in the opening period at 113 pounds and Wood followed with a pin of Darren Johnson in 1:32 at 120 to give the Warriors (2-9) an 18-6 lead. Dakota Allen capped the mini-run with a 7-4 decision over Unadilla Valley’s Austin Lewis at 126.
Quinn Harby (145) and Mike Beers (195) contributed pins for Walton, which received a decision from Dawson Beers at 138 and forfeit victories at 99 and 152 pounds.
Colin Izard’s 33-second pin of Dakota Coffee at 132 accounted for half of the points for the Storm, who got the other half via a forfeit in the first match, at 285.
“I have one senior (Mike Beers) and no juniors; everyone else is between seventh- and 10th-grade,” Walton coach Paul LeBlanc said. “We’re developing right now and we’re going to be on the other end of some of these losses in a few years.”
Walton’s last dual meet of the regular season is scheduled for next week at Delhi.
U-E 53, B-G/A 28
Mark Viviano won the opening match at 195 pounds with a 47-second pin of Derek Blazavich, but host Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton of the Midstate Athletic Conference dropped a non-league dual meet to Union-Endicott of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Jamie Griswold’s second-period pin of Shalik Napolean pulled the Bears to 35-28 with three matches left, but the Tigers closed with three straight forfeit victories to earn the dual-meet triumph.
Chris Cirigliano (pin at 106), Jesse Griswold (pin at 132) and Justin Cirigliano (major decision at 145) also won for B-G/A.
Sidney 55, Harpursville 21
Host Sidney won the last seven matches en route to a dual-meet victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Camron DeCocker’s 21-6 technical fall over 152-pound foe Dylan Lindsay pulled the Warriors to 21-20 before Brandon Swislosky scored the go-ahead points with a first-period pin of Colby Foster at 160.
Austin Dean contributed a 16-1 technical fall over Tim Ross at 220 for Sidney, which amassed 24 team points on four forfeits during the closing run.
Chase Northrop (decision at 113) and Zack Wheeler (pin at 138) also won for the Warriors (9-3, 6-1), who will compete in the Dan Wickham Classic on Saturday at Unatego.
Sidney 42, Deposit 32
Nick Jump secured Sidney’s MAC dual-meet road victory Tuesday with a 48-second pin of Brock Martin at 182 pounds, giving the Warriors a 36-32 lead with one match to go.
Kai Sabada followed with a forfeit victory at 195 pounds for Sidney, which received head-to-head victories from Derek Northrop (decision at 138), Alex Morrow (decision at 220) and Austin Dean (pin at 285).
Herkimer 47, Cooperstown 27
Nate Miller’s forfeit victory at 126 pounds gave visiting Cooperstown a 12-11 lead after four matches, but Herkimer went on to win six of the next seven for a dual-meet triumph.
Jacob Miller interrupted that streak with a second-period pin of Jake Wheet at 145 pounds for the Redskins, who closed the dual meet with back-to-back victories by Kevin Segit (decision at 220 pounds) and JP Gertz (pin at 285).
Mikey Boyle also won for Cooperstown, earning six team points with a second-period pin at 120 pounds.