Girls Northstars, Warriors win after long rests

C-NS, Liverpool both prevail twice, will meet on Tuesday

Many area high school sports teams had no choice but to accept long respites between games, either due to the holidays or to weather.

For Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls basketball team, though, the break was deliberate, a 16-day respite built into the schedule following a split of two games in a Dec. 21-22 tournament in Queens. This gave head coach Eric Smith all kinds of time to work on the flaws his young, but talented Northstars showed during a 4-2 start.

A 17th day was added to the break after the 24-hour postponement of last Tuesday’s game at Fayetteville-Manlius. But once the Northstars finally got back into action a night later, it mostly leaned on its defense to turn back the Hornets 48-33.

All-out pressure would cause a rash of early F-M turnovers. And that allowed C-NS (no. 12 in the latest state Class AA rankings) to get some easy baskets and take a 14-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Despite some inconsistency on the offensive end, the Northstars stretched that margin to 23-10 by halftime, and though the Hornets would play on fairly even terms with C-NS the rest of the way, it could not get too close either.

McKayla Roberts led the attack, scoring a game-high 15 points. Samantha Roberts had 10 points, while Elizabeth Miles managed eight points. Emilee Norris had seven points and Samantha Tortora got six points from hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, who had gone 4-1 through the early portion of its schedule to establish itself as a main challenger to C-NS’s long-held Class AA crown, eased into 2014 last Wednesday with a 59-29 romp over Henninger.

With a consistent attack and a defense that never let the Black Knights get comfortable, the Warriors built up a 49-17 lead by the end of the third quarter before its starters went to the bench.

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