Dec 03, 2006 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Something is working for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team as it has claimed two tournaments in as many weeks.
Right after its success at Vestal on Nov. 24 and 25, the Northstars played much closer to home last weekend and did it again, prevailing in the West Genesee Athletic Booster Club Tip-Off Tournament.
Each game had its own character. In the opening round against Henninger Friday night, the Northstars were able to do whatever it wanted in a 73-25 pasting of the Black Knights.
Everyone on the roster got at least one point as CNS, up 10-8 after one period, began to draw clear with a 22-8 outburst in the second quarter.
Nicole Dwyer led the way with 19 points. Right behind her, Jessica Misiaszek had a career-best 13 points, as did Mary-Beth Egan, while Morgan Nandin gained nine points.
CNS knew that a much tougher game awaited them in Saturday’s final against host West Genesee, who had whipped Fowler 58-20 in the other opening-round contest.
And it proved to be quite exciting, as CNS blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, yet relied on some clutch baskets to beat the Wildcats 46-41.
Playing a tough and efficient zone defense to counter WG’s size advantage, the Northstars led by as many as 12 in the first half before WG close within six, 25-19, at the break.
Steadily, that lead built back up during the third quarter. When Corissa Quattrini hit a lay-up early in the final period, CNS had a 40-27 lead — and its last basket for six minutes.
That was enough time for the dormant Wildcats to roar again, as it went on a 14-0 run by forcing turnovers and hitting all kinds of big shots. Liz Wierbinski’s lay-up with 1:58 left put the Northstars behind, 41-40.
All through this, CNS, a team with just two seniors, did not panic. Quattrini kept getting the ball, and her lay-up with 1:35 to play put the Northstars ahead for good. Egan hit a lay-up with under a minute left, and two more Quattrini free throws sealed it.
Earning tournament MVP honors, Quattrini finished with 20 points, nearly half her team’s output. Egan had nine points, with Dwyer getting eight points and Nandin throwing in seven points. Amanda Cizenski led WG with 10 points, but star forward Nicole Monroe was held to just four points.
CNS took its 4-0 record to meet defending Class AA champion Rome Free Academy on Tuesday night, then returns home Thursday to face Baldwinsville.