JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton-Montgomery Community College women's basketball team continued its unbeaten start to the 2013 season, cruising past Cayuga Comunity?College, 85-48, on Saturday.
The 37-point victory was the largest winning margin of the season for FMCC (3-0), which has won its three games by an average of 34.7 points.
The Lady Raiders jumped out to an early 9-0 lead powered by Monae Abrams, who scored seven of her 12 first-half points during the run. Stephanie Rice also had a big first half for FMCC with 11 points.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Katrina Garrett goes up for a shot during Saturday’s game against Cayuga Community College. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
The smaller and quicker Lady Raiders were able to jump out to a 14-point lead following three straight jumpers by Rice. With a commanding lead and a big game today against Onondaga Community College, head coach Kevin Jones was able to mix and match whom he put out on the floor. Eight women scored in the half for FMCC.
"Coming in today we were kind of trying to plan for the weekend because Onondaga comes in tomorrow and they're probably the best team if not the second best team in the region," said Jones. "We're trying to move some kids in and out and try to get some kids some minutes and try to get some rest for some other kids."
FMCC held their largest lead of the half at 28-13. Cayuga's Miranda Charlton was able to assert herself down low for the Lady Spartans in the first 20 minutes. Charlton scored 12 points in the half, the majority of which came at the hoop. FMCC took a 41-27 lead into halftime.
As well as the Lady Raiders performed in the first half, the second half saw them pile it on even further. Veronica Chea found her stroke from the field early on. She scored six straight points in the first 1:34 of the half. The Lady Raiders used a 14-0 run in the middle of the half to put the game far out of reach. Rice scored five points and added a huge block of Cayuga's Alexis Hill during the run. As the half progressed, FMCC used their superior quickness to stifle Cayuga defensively on their way to their best defensive half of the season.
"We've got to work a little bit on the zone still, but it's been working for us all year so I'm happy," said Jones.
Katarina Garrett and Jessica Woney chipped in seven points apiece off the bench for FMCC in the rout.
A total of 11 players scored for FMCC.
"I think what's been happening a lot is we have numbers," said Jones. "We've got 14 kids we can put in the basketball game and we don't really lose much when we put those kids in. We've got some kids that can finish and we've got some kids that can shoot the three, so things are working well right now."
The Lady Raiders were led by Abrams who notched 17 points, while Rice and Chea scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Charlton finished with 14 points for Cayuga while point guard Haylie Karlsen scored 15.
The Lady Raiders are in action again today at 1 p.m. at FMCC against Onondaga Community College, immediately followed by the men's game.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College 85,
Cayuga Community College 48
Abrams 7-2-17, Rice 7-0-16, Chea 4-2-11, Garrett 3-1-7, Woney 3-1-7, Gayle 3-0-6, Ward 3-0-6, Jordan 2-0-5, Wetsky 2-0-4, Woods 2-0-4, E. Redwood 1-0-2. Totals 37-6-85.
Karlsen 5-4-15, Austin 0-1-1, Shaff 2-2-7, Thayer 1-0-2, Hill 2-1-5, Charlton 5-4-14, Sheen 2-0-4. Totals 17-12-48.
3-point goals: FMCC 5 (Rice 2, Jordan, Chea, Abrams); Cayuga 2 (Karlsen, Shaff).