FRANKFORT — The Cooperstown girls basketball team wasn’t shooting particularly well to begin the season.
Coach Mike Niles’ Hawkeyes have been more efficient since their 3-3 start.
Thanks to Piper Seamon and Kate Trosset finding their shooting touch, and the team’s stout defensive effort, Cooperstown has won four straight and five of its last six games.
Cooperstown’s latest conquest was a 59-46 nonleague victory at Frankfort-Schuyler on Thursday night.
Seamon, a junior, scored 23 points on five 3-pointers and six assists. Trosset, a senior, was solid on both ends of the floor, draining a pair of 3-pointers on her way to 14 points and five assists while playing a key role on a defense that has given up an average of 31.75 points during Cooperstown’s winning streak.
"We’re getting better," Niles said. "Especially Pipe. She’s on a roll now. We’ve had some real close games out of the gate. We didn’t have a good field goal percentage (Thursday), but we guarded hard and the kids are gutsy.
"The turn of the tide is a little more about getting to know ourselves defensively."
Frankfort-Schuyler coach Jeff Adasek’s Maroon Knights — 3-1 in Center State Conference Division II — fell to 6-4 overall despite a game-high 24 points from senior guard Charlotte Rodio.
Trosset and Lauren Vibbard split time guarding Rodio in Niles’ man-to-man defense, and Abby Ford was used as a help whenever Rodio drove to the paint in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes (4-0 in CSC Division III, 7-4 overall) led 17-8 after one, 34-17 at the half and 45-28 after three.
Niles was impressed by eighth-grader Megan Schuermann’s play on the glass. He said she grabbed about five or six offensive boards in the first quarter before ending the game with eight points and 11 rebounds.
"She’s a fantastic athletic," Niles said, "like a jumping jack."
Frankfort freshman Skye Simmons had eight points and seven rebounds.
Both teams return to action on Monday. Cooperstown hosts Adirondack at 7 p.m. while Frankfort visits Poland at 7:30 p.m.
• Little Falls, ranked No. 13 in the state's Class C poll, improved to 9-1 overall after a 63-48 win over Waterville. The Mounties were led by Alexis Perrone's 16 points. Olivia Lindsay had 14 points and 11 rebounds while Olivia Langdon added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Waterville (7-5) was led by a 21-point performance from Molly Williams.
• Belle Kranbuhl scored 22 points in Adirondack's 41-36 win over Sauquoit Valley. Hannah Miller added 12 points in the Wildcats' win. Sauquoit Valley senior Allison Moreau had 25 points — bringing her career total to 2,078, which is fifth-best in Section III history — and eight boards while Adrianna Grande had nine points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
• West Canada Valley defeated Poland 55-47. Marta Joslin scored 15 points and Jordyn Conte had 13 points in the win. Amanda Sweet had 14 points and Jamie Weakley scored 10 in a losing effort.
• New York Mills defeated Clinton 51-39. Abbey Coppwheat netted 14 points, Bri Taylor scored 13 and Jemma Jordan added 12 in the win. Clinton was led by Gianna Trunfio's 14 points.
• Cooperstown, ranked No. 2 in the state's Class C boys basketball poll, improved to 14-0 after a 71-61 win over Herkimer. Jack lambert had 21 points, Noah Lifgren had 17 points and John Kennedy had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Mardoni LaGuerre led Herkimer with 25 points.
• The New Hartford girls volleyball team improved to 12-0 after a 3-1 win over Whitesboro, edging the Warriors 19-25, 25-18, 26-24, 26-24. Marie Winn had 35 assists, Chloe Elsenbeck had four aces, 15 kills and 19 digs and Shaye Gardinier had 26 digs in the win. Whitesboro was led by Erin Herrmann's 32 assists and Cameron Boehlert's 18 kills.
Contact reporter Marquel Slaughter at 315-792-4963 or follow him on Twitter @OD_Slaughter.