C-NS girls hoops turns back unbeaten B'ville

Roberts, Miles lead Northstars in home opener

— That was especially true for Elizabeth Miles, as the senior forward produced 10 first-half points to lead both sides, keeping B'ville from making any sustained run, even though it only trailed 29-19 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, with the Bees still one spurt away from making it tight, C-NS shut the door by going on a 13-2 run that extended to the final period, in large part due to terrific passing that created easy baskets.

"It's hard to defend us if we move the ball quickly," said Smith.

Miles finished with 16 points, while McKayla Roberts had 12 points. Her sister, Samantha Roberts, chimed in with seven points, matching Tortora as Norris got eight points. DeFazio, with 13 points, was the only B'ville player to score in double figures.

This weekend, C-NS goes to Queens, in New York City, to play at Francis Lewis High School against two top foes, St. Mary's (Long Island) and Immaculate Heart Academy (N.J.)

After that, the Northstars have a 16-day layoff before resuming league action Jan. 7 at Fayetteville-Manlius. Smith said that long break will give his team all kinds of time to work on all sorts of things before it hits the heart of its schedule.

"We're a young team that needs some practice," he said.

Ironically, B’ville’s next game was a trip Friday to Liverpool – who arrived at that contest sporting a 3-0 record in the wake of last Tuesday’s 51-47 victory over Auburn.

Despite the close margin, it was fairly lopsided in the first half. Playing airtight defense and turning the Maroons’ mistakes into baskets on the other end, the Warriors steadily pulled away, grabbing a 26-13 lead by halftime.

Mostly, that margin held up through the third quarter, but in the closing minutes Auburn stormed back, eating into Liverpool’s lead behind 13 points from both Anna Giannone and Shaelynn Freeman.

The Warriors would hang on, getting another double-double from Rachael Windhausen, who managed 16 points and 14 rebounds. Nicole Carey offered a nice outside counterpoint, earning all of her 15 points from five successful 3-pointers, while Natalie Parkins managed 10 points. Donyai Starling contributed seven rebounds.

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