Wildcats beat Nottingham, nab playoff spot

WG uses pair of scoring runs to cool off Bulldogs

— Nottingham coach Greg Jones had high praise for the victors.

“I don’t want to talk too much of what we did wrong. That would take away from what West Genesee did,” Jones said. “(West Genesee) deserved to win the game. They played harder. Executed their stuff better. And defended better.”

Phil Allen led West Genesee with 16 points. Allen had 11. Cunningham chipped in with six.

Davis paced Nottingham with 13 points. Tyquan Rolon notched 12. Jones finished with eight.

The win lifted the Wildcats’ record to 7-8, and, more importantly, secured that all-important sectional berth.

“It’s huge,” Kent said. “And now it’s about seeding, positioning. We have three tough games left (Fayetteville-Manlius, Utica Proctor, Central Square). There’s no easy outs there.”

Earlier in the week, WG moved closer to that playoff spot with last Monday night’s 61-48 home victory over Baldwinsville.

Overall, it was the Wildcats’ defense that stood out, perhaps more here than at any other time this season. Not content with building a 26-16 halftime lead, WG held the Bees to four points in the third quarter, expanding the margin to 41-20 in the process.

True, B’ville would produce a lot in the stretch, but the Wildcats kept control, even if Allen only managed six points. Smith, in particular, stepped up his production, earning 17 points, while Naton had nine points. Mike Henry earned eight points as Scott Sidnam joined Allen with six points.

West Genesee’s girls basketball team, given a week to recover from its 89-31 loss to Cicero-North Syracuse on Jan. 20, returned to action Friday, at Nottingham, and had to sweat hard for a 33-27 victory over the Bulldogs.

The Wildcats squandered an early 14-3 lead, Nottingham zooming out in front 26-24 by the end of the third quarter. However, WG’s pressure took a toll and the Bulldogs did not manage a single field goal in the final period.

Claire Kelley and Marissa Hudgins led the Wildcats with nine points apiece. Having improved to 12-3, WG played a crucial game Tuesday against Fayetteville-Manlius in what amounts to a possible playoff preview before the Wildcats host Utica Proctor on Friday night.

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