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Fulton girls basketball grateful for hard work of five seniors

Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.
Pictured are members of the Fulton girls varsity basketball team. The team won 10 games this year, including a first-round game in the Section III Class A playoffs. The team was led by five seniors, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team won 10 games during the 2012-13 season.

The team’s 10th win was perhaps the memorable of all. Encouraged by a packed gym of red and green clad supporters, the Lady Raiders held off New Hartford in the first round of Section III Class A playoffs.

Fulton’s five seniors played a key role in their success this season.

Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Michelle Gorea, Sydney Plato and Cheyanne Brien left their mark on Fulton Girls Basketball, according to Coach Derek Lyons.

The seniors taught their younger teammates about working hard and being a good teammate, the coach noted.

“The seniors were always very good teammate’s whether on the bench or on the floor,” Lyons said.

As his five seniors move on to the next phases of their lives, Lyons hopes they do so knowing how to be effective in a group setting.

He also hopes that they depart Fulton with the desire to work hard for anything they want in life.

Lyons pointed out that his message is further implemented by the hard work his team put into qualifying for sectional play and winning a playoff game at home.

With their many years of hard work culminating with the success they were apart of this season, Lyons is grateful that his five seniors helped raise the bar for Fulton girls basketball.

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Fulton’s season ends with loss in sectional quarterfinals

Fulton’s Sydnee Plato attempts a 3-point shot during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. The Lady Raiders lost 50-20 to end their season with a 10-10 record.
Fulton’s Sydnee Plato attempts a 3-point shot during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. The Lady Raiders lost 50-20 to end their season with a 10-10 record.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team’s season concluded with a loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt in the quarterfinals of the Section III Class A playoffs Tuesday.

Jamesville-DeWitt quickly built a large lead and cruised to a 50-20 win.

In the first quarter, Fulton was unable to get onto the scoreboard as Jamesville-DeWitt built an 8-0 lead.

During the second quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt outscored Fulton by 14 points to take a 22-point lead into halftime at 28-6.

Fulton proved to be more competitive during the second half. They were outscored by four points during the third quarter as Jamesville-DeWitt expanded its lead to 26 points. Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, the deficit they faced proved to be insurmountable

Fulton’s Christina Pensabene looks to pass the ball during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. Pensabene scored points in the 50-20 loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt.
Fulton’s Christina Pensabene looks to pass the ball during Tuesday’s Section III Class A second-round game against Jamesville-DeWitt. Pensabene scored points in the 50-20 loss to top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jessica Hudson, who scored six points. Christina Pensabene scored four points while Taylor Duda, Michaela Whiteman, Sydney Gilmore, Michelle Gorea and Nichole Hansen chipped in two points each.

The Lady Raiders season comes to an end with a final record of 10-10 overall and a 5-7 record in division play.

Fulton throttles Homer to conclude regular season

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team topped Homer in its regular season finale Feb. 11.

Fulton got off to a solid start, building an 11-point halftime lead. The Lady Raiders blew the game wide open during the second half. They outscored Homer 28-16 during the second half en route to a 51-28 win.

Fulton wasted little time getting in sync. The Lady Raiders held Homer to only two points during the first quarter while scoring 11 points.

Homer was far more competitive during the second quarter. Fulton outscored the Lady Trojans by only two points but extended its lead to 11 points at 23-12 at halftime. The Lady Raiders began to pull away during the third quarter. They outscored Homer by five points.

Fulton dashed any hope for a Homer rally during the fourth quarter. The Lady Raiders held Homer to only one point during the quarter while expanding their lead to cap off the 23-point win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Jessica Hudson and her 10 points. Taylor Duda and Christina Pensabene each finished with eight points.

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Fulton girls basketball team tops Central Square

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The Fulton girls varsity basketball team earned a hard fought win over county rival Central Square Dec. 28.

After a nearly even first half, solid second half helps Fulton pull away for a 57-49 win over Central Square.

After a competitive first quarter, the Lady Raiders led Central Square by only three points. Central Square displayed its toughness and evened the playing field during the second quarter. They outscored Fulton by three points, which sent the game into halftime tied at 29. Unfortunately for Central Square, the Lady Raiders proved to be tougher down the stretch. During the third quarter, Fulton outscored Central Square by five points and didn’t let up during the fourth quarter. Fulton outscored Central Square by five points to cap off the eight-point win.

Leading the way for Central Square was Claudia Stirpe, who scored 14 points. Katie Griffin finished with 12 points and Desdie Pledger chipped in 10 points. Schyler Laux, Lakin Mueller, Taylor Dewispelare and Sammi Loveless combined to score 13 points for Central Sqaure.

The Lady Raiders were led by Michaela Whiteman and her 16 points. Following Whiteman was Jessica Hudson with 14 points. Nichole Hansen added 10 points and Christina Pensabene chipped in six points.

Sydney Gilmore, Michelle Gorea and Cheyenne Brien combined to score 11 points for Fulton.

The Lady Raiders overall record improves to 4-3 overall with the win. Fulton has an upcoming game against Jamesville-DeWitt Jan. 8.

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Fulton girls basketball team overwhelms Homer 51-24

200286940-001by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity basketball team won in convincing fashion when it took on Homer Dec. 21.

Fulton held Homer to an average of six points per quarter as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 51-24 win.

Fulton wasted little time dashing any hope Homer had for an upset. The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 12-point first quarter lead. During the second quarter, Fulton outscored Homer by nine points to take a 21-point halftime lead at 32-11.

Despite an improved effort by Homer during the second half, the Lady Raiders remained consistent. They outscored Homer by three points during the third quarter to bring their lead to 24 points. During the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders outscored Homer by three more points to cap off the 27-point win.

Fulton was led by Jessica Hudson, who scored 15 points. Christina Pensabene scored 11 points and Nicole Hansen and Michaela Whiteman each scored seven points.

Taylor Duda, Michelle Gorea and Sydney Plato combined to score 11 points for the Lady Raiders.

With the win, Fulton’s record improves to 3-3.

Fulton will begin the 2013 portion of its schedule with games against Whitesboro Jan. 2 and Cortland Jan. 4.

Fulton basketball team splits first two games of the season

by Rob Tetro

Two games into the regular season, the Fulton girls varsity basketball team is off to a 1-1 start.

Fulton’s season got off to an impressive start when it took on Cortland Nov. 30. During the first and third quarters of the game, the Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by 17 points en route to a 62-47 win.

December 5, Fulton gave Jamesville-DeWitt all it could handle and then some. After an evenly played first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt outscored the Lady Raiders by six points during the second quarter.

Despite a valiant effort, Fulton couldn’t overcome the six-point deficit that was built during the second quarter as Jamesville-DeWitt came away with a 48-39 win.

Against Cortland, Fulton built an eight-point first-quarter lead.  Despite the lead, Cortland didn’t quit. The Lady Purple Tigers responded by outscoring Fulton by three points during the second quarter, which cut Fulton’s lead to five points at 25-20 going into halftime.

Fulton answered Cortland’s response during the third quarter. The Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by nine points, which expanded their lead to 14 points.

Once again, Cortland did not back down. However, despite a nearly even fourth quarter of play, Cortland was unable to cut into Fulton’s lead.

The Lady Raiders outscored Cortland by a point to cap off their 15-point win.

Fulton was led by Jessica Hudson, who scored 15 points. Nichole Hansen added 14 points while Christina Pensabene scored 8 points. Taylor Duda and Courtney Parker each added five points. Michaela Whiteman, Sydney Plato, Cheyenne Brien and Michelle Gorea combined to tally 15 points for Fulton.

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Seniors to lead Fulton girls basketball team this season

Fulton girlsby Rob Tetro

When Fulton girls varsity basketball coach Derek Lyons speaks of the goals his team has for the upcoming season, he breaks them down into three categories.

First, the coach hopes that the Lady Raiders understand the importance of performing at a high level in every aspect of their practices.

Once they reach a certain level of effort in practice, their next goal is to reach even higher levels of effort during the next practice.

Lyons’ team is preparing to translate determination in practice into successful outcomes in games with the ultimate goal of qualifying for sectional play.

Fulton will feature a combination of experienced players and newer players. The Lady Raiders will be led by five seniors who return from last year’s team.

Michelle Gorea, Christina Pensabene, Jessica Hudson, Sydney Plato and Cheyenne Brien return with multiple years of varsity experience under their belts.

Sophomores Michaela Whiteman and Taylor Duda and eighth grader Nichole Hansen are preparing to make their debuts at the varsity level.

According to Lyons, his players also understand the importance of maintaining solid physical conditioning.

Lyons considers his five returning seniors to be informal captains. He will expect them to serve as leadership figures especially for the three newcomers to the team.

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