Meanwhile, CBA’s girls basketball team, in its only action of the week, continued its strong start, going to Cortland last Tuesday and, led by Marisa Romeo, beating the Purple Tigers 59-44.
Still adjusting to life without Maggie Brown (who’s now at Le Moyne), Cortland had real trouble against CBA’s pressure defense in the opening period, managing just five points. But even as the Purple Tigers started to produce, the Brothers kept answering, and led at halftime by a 33-20 margin.
Romeo made sure that Cortland did not catch up. Her drives to the basket led to field goals and foul attempts that she sank on her way to 24 points.
When the Purple Tigers tried to contain Romeo, both Juile Cuomo and Paige Nicholson stepped up, as Cuomo delivered 14 points and Nicholson had a career-best 12 points. Cortland, in defeat, had just one player, Jackie Phillips (10 points), score in double figures.
Fayetteville-Manlius, a perennial Class AA contender in recent years, received a harsh baptism for 2012-13 at home as it fell to Nottingham 49-25.
From last year’s 17-3 squad that fell to West Genesee in the AA semifinals, four starters – Charlotte Beers, Ali Pliszka, Alexis Rios and Bri Dolan – departed. And it didn’t help the young Hornets that the Bulldogs had already played twice, going 1-1 in a two-game trip to the Rochester area.
Nottingham proved sharper, especially in the second quarter, when it expanded upon an 11-8 edge by holding F-M to a single field goal and stretching out the margin to 24-10.
The Hornets never recovered, as Lauren Getman, with 11 points, accounted for nearly half her team’s output. Madison Beck got seven points. Five Bulldog players had six or more points in a balanced attack where Janaysia Torrence (12 points) and Marcelina Wade (10 points) led the way.