McCormick Named First Team All-ECC; Hawks Play For Title
BY DAVE SHEA
Heuvelton's Paige McCormick is completing her college basketball career in the same manner she did as the New York State Class D Player of the Year at Heuvelton Central School. Playing for championships and earning all-star honors.
On Thursday night she and her sister Madison McCormick were part of a strong team effort as Roberts Wesleyan downed St. Thomas Acquinas 62-56 in the semi-finals of the East Coast Conference Tournament. The East Coast Conference also announced its conference honorees for the shortened basketball season.
Junior Center Dimitra Gkizani had a tremendous year, starting all 12 regular season games. Gkizani averaged an impressive 12.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while recording 15 total blocks and 15 total steals. The Junior also scored her first and only three this year, going 1-1 from behind the arc. Gkizani scored a season-high 19 points two games in a row against D'Youville along with a season-high 12 rebounds in three different contests. She notched three double-doubles on the season as well.
Senior Forward Paige McCormick was another Roberts name on the First-Team All-Conference nominees. The Heuvelton, N.Y. native averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game while adding on 6.8 rebounds per game. McCormick is tied for first on the team in assists per game at 44 total and 3.7 per game. The forward scored a season-high 22 points in a Senior Night overtime win against Molloy College last weekend. She also recorded two double-doubles.
MADISON MCCORMICK GOES 5-6 FROM 3-PT RANGE IN SEMIS
Madison McCormick turned in her best shooting night of her sophomore season on Thursday as the Red Hawks used efficient team offense and stellar defensive play to advance a championship game meeting with regular season and defending playoff champion Daemen Collge which bested Molloy 52-42 in the semi-finals. Daemen won both regular season meeting with RW on Feb 5-6.
Madison buried five of six three-point attempts in scoring 15 points along with Taryn Wilson to lead a very balanced winning offense. McCormick also snatched six steals and committed no turnovers in 32 minutes on a night when Paige McCormick scored 10 points on 5-11 shooting with six rebounds and two steals and Dimitra Gkizani dropped in 14 points on 6-11 shooting.
Victoria Koristo scored a game-high 19 points for Acquinas on 8-12 shooting.
After a victory over the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans , the Redhawks advance to the ECC Championship game on Saturday against 7-4 Daemen in Amherst, N.Y. This is the Redhawks second trip to the final game in the DII era, the last time being in 2016. Tip-off is slated for 1 pm and will be livestreamed on the ECC Sports Network.