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AUBURN — The Warriors surged out of the gate.

The Weedsport girls basketball team scored the first 11 points, amassed a 17 point lead by halftime and kept Port Byron from putting together a rally in a 73-41 win in the Cayuga County Holiday Tournament Championship Game at Spartan Hall Thursday.

The Warriors have won four straight titles and seven out of the last eight championships.

“I think we just got out and got some easy transition baskets right there in the beginning,” Weedsport coach Chris Vargason said. “We also made some free throws … and we got off to a good start tonight.”

Junior Brooke Hammersley paced the Warriors offense with 17 points — including nine in the tone-setting first quarter — and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“I think the girls were finding Brooke early, she got some open looks and she finished at the rim,” Vargason said. “Overall, the girls played well. It was a team effort.”

Nine different Weedsport players scored. Sydney Gilfus recorded 15 points, Cassi Carroll added 11 points, Suzie Nemec and Ashley Wightman each finished with nine points, and Libby Nemec had seven points before going down with an injury in the first half.

Carroll was named to the all-tournament team.

“They just keep sharing the ball,” Vargason said. “They look for each other and they’re all taking good shots, so we’re hard to defend against.”

Port Byron’s Amanda Chuttey registered 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

“Amanda is a great kid. I can always count on her to give 110 percent from start to finish,” Panthers coach Mindy Gilbert said. “Amanda leaves everything she has on the floor. She’s a true leader and captain.”

Port Byron’s Ava Mills tallied 10 points, Mariah Howell added six points and Jordyn Baker had five points.

“I want to give accolades to all my kids, because they did push themselves hard,” Gilbert said. “They worked hard to get to the championship game. We’re disappointed we fell short, but I’m proud of every single one of them.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:11 to prompt a timeout, and after scoring the first 11 points, took a 17-9 lead into the second quarter. For Hammersley, a quick start was key.

“We know that this is their championship game every time they play us, so knew we had to play up to our potential and play hard,” Hammersley said of the start.

Weedsport outscored Port Byron 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 34-17 lead into halftime. The Warriors continued to pull away throughout the third and put an exclamation point on the win by outscoring the Panthers 16-6 in the final frame.

Both teams have a week to prepare for their next game. Weedsport (9-2) hits the road for a trip to Fabius-Pompey, while Port Byron (4-4) travels to LaFayette.

“I’m happy for these kids,” Vargason said. “They played well tonight.”


Southern Cayuga 58, Union Springs 47: The Wolves tied the score at 13-13 in the second quarter, but the Chiefs scored the next 22 points to take firm control of the game.

Catie Kopp recorded a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Southern Cayuga. The junior was named to the all-tournament team. Lauren Sherman added 24 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Renee Park paced Union Springs with 27 points — including 15 from beyond the arc — and added six rebounds and four steals to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Telona White added nine points and seven rebounds for the Wolves, who were without two of their starters.

Southern Cayuga (5-3) hosts Newfield on Tuesday, while Union Springs (2-8) welcomes Spencer-Van Etten on Wednesday.

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.