In between the carving up of local Class AA opposition, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team set out to conquer more territory when it went to Utica for last weekend’s Juggler Classic - and again, it proved successful.
It was capped by Sunday’s championship game, which pitted the Northstars against host Utica-Notre Dame, and despite being short-handed, the Jugglers remained within range until a big fourth quarter pushed C-NS to a 73-47 victory.
Going in, UND was at a severe disadvantage without its All-State junior superstar, Emily Durr, who had injured her elbow the week before.
Perhaps while lamenting the missed opportunity to play against one of the state’s top players, C-NS forgot about the immediate task. The Jugglers ably solved the Northstars’ defensive pressure throughout the first half.
So C-NS only led 2 at the break, but that would soon change. Again fueled by the senior trio of Sarah Bowles, Abbey Timpano and Cara Gannett, the Northstars tore up UND with a 27-8 third-quarter spurt, turning a host of Juggler turnovers into baskets on the other end.
Of those 27 points, 17 came from Bowles, Timpano and Gannett. For the game, Bowles led all scorers with 17 points, with Timpano (15 points) close behind. Gannett finished with nine points, just behind McKayla Roberts, who earned 11 points. Emilee Norris contributed six points.
Jaclyn Hajec, filling in for Durr, had a strong effort for UND with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Jordan Morgan chimed in with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
A day earlier, the Northstars met Albany Leadership (Section II) in Saturday’s opening round, and put together it highest offensive point total of the season in a 90-27 romp.
C-NS scored 30 points in the first quarter alone and were up 72-15 after three periods, allowing head coach Eric Smith to get everyone involved. Indeed, all 11 players that saw action got at least one field goals.