Girls Northstars pull away from F-M, 72-35

Northstars follow Juggler Classic with key AA win

— Fresh off their Juggler Classic victory on the weekend, the state Class AA no. 14-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse girls’ basketball team continued its winning ways in CNY Counties League play, besting Fayetteville-Manlius 72-35 on Wednesday night.

The Northstars improved to 9-3 on the strength of a 20-2 first quarter. C-NS's tenacious full-court press allowed the visitors to drop in four easy layups before ever sinking a jump shot as the Hornets dropped to 7-4 on the year.

“The press rattled us,” F-M coach Scott DeForest said. “They force you to make poor decisions or rush passes. They make you nervous and jittery.”

C-NS head coach Eric Smith was pleased with his team’s effort in the opening frame.

“We didn’t get many steals,” said Smith, “but we made them take time off the clock so that when they made it to half court they had less than 15 seconds on the shot clock. It’s hard to get anything going especially with the physicality and intensity of my kids. We were ready to play today.”

Standout senior guards Sarah Bowles and Abbey Timpano paced the Northstars with a combined 14 first-quarter points, and finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Forwards Emilee Norris and Hannah Nichols also reached double digits - Norris matching Timpano with 13 points, Nichols adding 10 points. Nine Northstars contributed to the scoring before it was all said and done.

“Abbey and Sara are our go-to, they are our gas,” Smith said. “They control what the game is, but anybody else on the team can score double digits easily.”

The Hornets went several minutes without scoring in both the second and third quarters, and was held scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the final period.

“Going forward we’ve got to have better ball movement,” said DeForest. “It's happened several times where we've seen pressure defense and we haven't attacked it.”

Forwards Madison Beck (14 points) and Lauren Getman (eight points) led the Hornets on the offensive side as it looks toward league games against Auburn and Oswego, while C-NS gets tough tests against two other possible AA challengers, Nottingham and West Genesee.

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