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C-NS girls basketball shuts down Liverpool

Defense pushes Northstars to fourth straight win

— Just 24 hours removed from a crushing 57-27 loss to Utica Proctor, the Liverpool girls basketball looked to rebound against cross town rival Cicero-North Syracuse.

But the Northstars would not be denied a fourth straight win, continuing its push toward yet another championship with a decisive 59-30 victory on Tuesday night.

C-NS balanced good defense with consistent offensvie output, scoring more than 10 points in each period while not giving up more than seven points in any of the first three quarters.

Up 12-6 after one quarter, C-NS picked up its play significantly in the second quarter, scoring 15 points and holding Liverpool to four - one field goal and two free throws.

“We were rushing them, making them take tough shots,” C-NS coach Eric Smith said. “Offensively, we started to move the ball a little bit better, move the ball into zone shifts a little and get easy opportunities.”

Smith said he was pleased with his team’s performance in the first half, but felt they fell into a lull at then end of the period.

“We started off the way we wanted to, all but the last three or four minutes of the first half, where we threw the ball away six or seven times,” he said.

Going into halftime, the Warriors were down 27-10, but came out firing for a brief moment after the break. Liverpool went on a 5-0 run thanks to two quick steals in the early part of the third quarter, and could have cut the deficit even more had it not missed three of four free-throw attempts.

But those mistakes, coupled with sloppy defense for the rest of the period, allowed C-NS to scored 10 unanswered points, capped off by a McKayla Roberts steal and score to put the Northstars up 37-15 with 3:11 left in the quarter.

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