OSWEGO, NY – The jayvee girls’ basketball team captured a tournament title at Waterloo this past weekend while the boys’ varsity hockey team qualified for the title game at Baldwinsville and the girls’ varsity basketball team split in tourney action.
Meanwhile, wrestlers and the boys’ varsity basketball teams were also in action.
Lady Bucs Split in Tourney
The Oswego varsity girls’ basketball team will open the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday when it hosts Nottingham at 6:30 p.m. in Powers Gymnasium at Leighton Elementary School.
The Bucs are 1-2 through their first three games. Oswego lost its season-opening contest 54-43 at Whitesboro. The Bucs then dropped a 60-42 decision to Pittsford Southern in the Waterloo Tournament, and beat Aquinas 45-43 in the consolation game.
Here are recaps of each game.
Whitesboro 54, Oswego 43: Whitesboro came out on fire and built a 16-9 first-quarter lead. Oswego closed to within 24-20 at halftime. McKenna Brooks came off the bench and scored nine first-half points to spark the Bucs.
Whitesboro scored the first couple of baskets to start the second half. The Bucs’ Erica Atkins hit a trey, and Reilly Patrick hit a basket to close the gap. Whitesboro then sank a couple of 3-pointers to open a nine-point lead. Marguerite Dillon hit a trey and Bella Winklestine made a basket to pull
Oswego to within 36-33 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Patrick hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the score at 36-36. With time running out in the third quarter, Whitesboro made a 3-pointer for a 39-36 lead.
Whitesboro extended to a 10-point lead in the fourth. Dillon scored a couple of baskets to make it 47-40 with 2:30 left. Oswego went into full-court pressure, but Whitesboro broke the press for a layup and cruised from there.
“We got out rebounded and outhustled the entire game,” Oswego coach Michael Palmitesso said. “We will have to work on that in practice.”
Dillon topped the Bucs with 11 points, while Brooks and Patrick finished with 10 each. Also contributing points were Atkins (7), Madelyn Muckey (3), and Winklestine (2).
Pittsford Southerland 60, Oswego 42: In the semifinals of the Waterloo Tournament, Pittsford Southerland defeated the Bucs as Liz Greendyke poured in 27 points. This put her over 1,000 points for her career.
Brooks led Oswego with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots.
Also getting points for the Bucs were Atkins (10), Dillon (6), Winklestine (4), Patrick (3), and Brenna Riley (2).
Pittsford Southern’s pressure man-to-man defense forced the Lady Bucs into 30 turnovers, which was the difference in the game, Palmitesso said.
“We shot the ball pretty well, but we need to make better passes if we are going to compete against the teams in our division,” the coach said.
Oswego 45, Aquinas 43: In the consolation game of the Waterloo Tournament, Oswego prevailed led by Brooks’ 15 points, seven blocked shots, and six steals. She was selected to the all-tournament team.
Dillon contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Atkins had five points and excelled on defense, Palmitesso said.
Others scoring points for the Bucs were Riley (4), Patrick (3), Katie Knopp (3), Muckey (3), and Winklestine (2).
Hockey Runner Up
The Baldwinsville Hockey Tournament saw the Oswego Bucs finish second to Syracuse after falling 4-0 in the finals.
In the championship game Buc goalie Donovan Roy stopped 31 shots as the Syracuse squad was on the offensive throughout.
On Friday, the Bucs defeated Fulton 6-2 in the first round game.
Oswego held a 1-0 lead after one and 3-2 after two before exploding for three third period red lighters.
Bentley Brosch had two goals while adding one each were Zach Zerrahn, Jake Oleyourryk, Brandon Tracz and Noah Lee. Zerrahn also added three assists while Sean Mooney had three assists. Brosch and Oleyourryk also had one assist.
In net Roy had 14 saves.
Varsity Bucs at B’Ville
The Oswego High School varsity boys’ basketball team lost two games in the Baldwinsville Tournament.
Oswego lost 68-56 to the host school in the first round as the Bucs got behind early and despite a second half rebound found the deficit too much to overcome.
Ryan Lavner scored 23, Zach Gillard 13 and Steve Kunelius 11 to lead Oswego.
The Bees jumped on top 23-5 after eight minutes and held a 40-14 lead at intermission. The Bucs scored well in the second half.
Also scoring for Oswego were Matt Giudilli with four, Tyree Varner three and Josh Lazzaro two.
Oswego lost the consolation game to Auburn 61-52.
After one quarter it was 13-13, but in the second quarter the Maroons outscored the Bucs 19-11 to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room.
Giudilli finished with 18 and Lavner 11 for the lone double figure scorers. Kunelius and Gillard had six each, Lazzaro three while scoring two points apiece were Mylek Hoyt, Garrett Skinner, Ryan Kearns and Varner.
Wrestling Team at Andersen
Oswego competed in the Cicero-North Syracuse Andersen Wrestling Tournament during the past weekend.
Two Bucs captured consolation finals victories to finish in third place were 113 pounder Austin Coleman pinned Chris Valasquz of Amsterdam in 3:23 while 220 pounder Jacob Rodriguez decisioned Andrews Anoceto of CNS 5-0.
Eric Doviak lost to 285 pound Jared West of CNS in the consolation finals.
In questerfinal action Coleman pinned Kyle Snyder of South Jefferson in 1:47. At 220 Rodriguez lost to Anoceto 4-3 while at 285 Doviak fell to Vitale Gurman of Spencerport 9-3.
In semifinal action Coleman was shutout 9-0 by Audey Ashkar of Liverpool.
Fulton captured the crown in the 21 team tournament with 175 points while the Bucs finished in 16th with 57 points.
Championship Jayvee Effort
It was another title for the Oswego jayvee girls’ basketball team as it returned to Waterloo and repeated what it had accomplished a year ago…winning the annual tournament.
Oswego scored a 55-17 win over Pittsford Southerland in the first round and 64-13 over Waterloo for the title.
Coach Jessica Burridge said, “The Bucs were unstoppable with their team play. We used a full court pressure which made it difficult for either of the teams to get the ball past half courst. It was a genuine team effort as everyone contributed.”
On Friday Brianna Stenz scored 12 and Jenna McManus 11 while Cassidy King had nine and Haley Baker seven.
In the title game King and McManus had 10 each while Michele Lavery and Clara Culeton each had eight. Kelly Skinner and Stenz had seven each for the 3-0 Bucs.
Also playing and contributing were Adeline Benjamin, Madison Rahn, Makayla Mesec, Mariah Galetta and Olivia Dowdle.