By Greg Klein
---- — Sumer Murdoch scored a team-high 14 points as Cooperstown won a girls basketball game easily Tuesday against visiting Mohawk.
The final score was 56-35. The Redskins led 17-0 after one period.
“I think Liz (Millea) and Maggie (Hall) played very well guarding their guards. Maggie had their point guard,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “We made it very hard on them on the perimeter.”
Forward Lucy Ford, starting her first varsity game, scored 13 points. She replaced Alannah Hagerty, who sprained her right knee last week against Sherburne-Earlville, and will miss at least one more game.
“That was real nice to see her do that in her first start,” Niles said. “She does a lot of things very well, very naturally. Even at the beginning of the season, before we were going at it hard in practice, she picked up certain things right away, drop steps and moves like that.”
Cooperstown led 29-8 at halftime and by as many as 35 points, 49-14, in the third quarter when S.J. Morosko made a three-point basket with 1:08 left.
In the fourth quarter, the Redskins sat most of their starters, and the Mohicans outscored them 19-7. Mohawk (1-12) was led by Lindsay LeClair, who scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth
Millea scored 10 points for Cooperstown, all in the first half, and had four assits. Nicole Cring had nine rebounds, five points, four assists and three blocks. Murdoch also had four assists and seven
Off the bench, Morosko had six points on two three-point shots and Ellen Vibbard had five rebounds.
Niles said he believes the Center State Conference Division III title will be decided the final week of January when the Redskins and Waterville play twice in six days; at Waterville Jan. 26 and at Cooperstown Jan. 31.
“That’s the league right there,” he said. “We’re both undefeated in the division. If we can go to Waterville and put a loss on them, that would be a big deal.”
Cooperstown (9-2, 4-0) hosts Mount Markham today.