Marauders point guard Cassidy Albright (34) looks for a long pass as Sauquoit’s Marrissa Jones (2) defends.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The New York Mills Lady Marauders got 22 points from senior forward Domenique Talerico and went on to knock off the Sauquoit Lady Indians by a score of 56-46, in a Center State Conference crossover game, tonight at Sauquoit Valley High School.
The home standing Indians took it to the Marauders for most of the first half, holding one, two and three point leads for most of the first 16 minutes of the ball game.
Sauquoit took a 12-11 lead out of the first quarter, with Haley Inglis and Brianne Cardillo accounting for 4 points a piece to lead the Indians to the early lead.
As the second quarter unfolded, the noises of the game, like the the ball hitting the hardwood, the squeak of the sneakers and the instructions being shouted by the coaches, were all being drowned out.
The mufflers on this game were the officials’ whistles, which, at one point, blew for fouls called on Sauquoit on six consecutive trips down the floor in the second quarter.
There were a combined 26 fouls called in the first half of this game.
The first half saw Sauquoit’s Morgan Talma spend a considerable amount of time on the bench with three fouls.
Talma, the tallest of the Sauquoit players, was sorely missed, as the Indians attempted to defend Talerico underneath.
A New York Mills 10-0 run over the last two minutes of the first half sent the Lady Marauders into the intermission with a 29-20 lead. Talerico tallied 15 of her game high 22 points in the first half.
At the half, Sauquoit head coach Tim Clive told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM that he was frustrated by the amount of fouls his team accumulated and that in order to get back into the contest in the second half, his team would need to stay focused and stay the course with the game plan, which seemed to be working early on.
Marauders head coach Mike Keating told ESPN that he was pleased with his team’s efforts in the first 16 minutes and that they would try to keep getting the ball down low to Talerico, who was very strong early on.
It was more of the same in the second half, on pretty much every level. The whistles kept stopping play after play (more than 40 times in the game) and the Marauders did do an excellent job getting points in the paint. The Sauquoit foul troubles helped the Marauders cruise to the win, as the visitors hit 19 free throws on the night.
The closest the Lady Indians would get to the Marauders in the second half was 8 points, at 53-45, when Brianne Cardillo got one to fall on a hard driving layup with 3:12 to go in the fourth quarter.
Point guard Cassidy Albright’s four points in fourth quarter, all from the free throw line, paced the Marauders down the stretch, leading the State’s 20th ranked Class “D” team to the 56-46 victory.
Domenique Talerico led all scorers with 22 points. Cassisdy Albright chipped in 8 for the Marauders as well. New York Mills improves to (4-2) on the season.
Talerico, who was named the Monster Energy Drink Player of the Game, told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM after the game that she was very happy with her team’s effort this evening.
Talerico also said she believed that the recent losses to Little Falls and Frankfort Schuyler were actually good learning experiences for the Marauders and they would definitely use them as motivation going forward.
Sauquoit Valley, which dropped to (2-6) for the season, was led by Brianne Cardillo with 16 points.
New York Mills 56 Sauquoit 46
1 2 3 4 Total
NYM 11 18 16 11 56
Sauquoit 12 8 14 12 46
MHTS Scoring Summary:
Dominique Talerico 22
Cassidy Albright 8
Megan Crist 7
Caitlyn Mackay 6
Mikah Inkawhich 6
Amanda Maciol 4
Amanda Fitzgerald 2
Abbey Fitzgerald 1
Brianne Cardillo 16
Jordan Talma 6
Marissa Jones 5
Morgan Talma 4
Casey Wakefield 4
Sam Critelli 4
Haley Inglis 4
Alyson Gaffney 2