Generals win 67-41 at Cayuga
Auburn, NY – Herkimer's Generals led by three at the half and tightened their defense in the second 20 minutes in defeating Cayuga CC 67-41 on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Samantha Randio led the Generals with 17 points.
The visiting Generals jumped out to an early lead. Randio scored with a spin move and then added two more with a jumper in the paint. Aniya Webb sank a three-pointer from the left corner, and Herkimer had a 7-0 lead.
Herkimer soon led 11-2, but the Spartans went on a scoring run. They closed to 13-10.
Alyssa Craig scored her first three-pointer of the day. Webb hit for two. Craig sank another from behind the arc, and the Generals led 21-10.
Photo: Stacy Loucks at the line
The Herkimer Five were controlling the game, and their offense was clicking. As the first half neared its midpoint, the score was 23-11. Then things changed. Offensively, the contest became a game of four different quarters for the Generals. Herkimer's shooting went cold, and the Spartans fought back. The half ended with the score 30-27, Herkimer. The Generals had scored 23 in the first quarter but only seven in the next 10 minutes.
After the break, the Generals looked to be playing as they did early in the contest. Shileeka Williams scored on a breakaway. Randio took a pass from Whitney Brown and scored. Brown then added two.
Randio put a rebound back into the net. Craig sank another three. Victoria Seabrooks scored a field goal, and Herkimer led 45-30.
The Generals had taken control of the contest. An Alexia Brown two and an FG by Williams gave the visitors a 20-point lead, 57-37. Soon Brown scored again, assisted by Destiny Waters. Waters then scored from the free throw line, and all nine Generals had added points to the Herkimer ledger. The final score was 67-41.
Photo: Alexia Brown scores two
The team now has nine active players, rather than 10. Allie Webb's injury turned out to be worse than expected. The scrappy senior guard is now facing season-ending surgery. She still contributed to the game at Cayuga, however, with her presence on the bench.
Herkimer's season record stands at 16-6. The squad now has a few days to prepare for their next game, which will be a challenging one: Fulton-Montgomery will come to the Herkimer hilltop on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The Raiders of "FM" are currently ranked third in the Region 3 poll, and the Generals are ranked fourth. Herkimer defeated the Raiders at FM on January 22. That 62-56 win was one of Herkimer's best outings of the season. The team will be aiming to repeat the feat on Thursday.
Nick Scribe, website writer
Herkimer scoring: Waters 1, Randio 17, Williams 7, W. Brown 9, Webb 10, Seabrooks 8, Loucks 1, A. Brown 4, Craig 10 – Total 67