January 6, 2007


Groton sharing first place


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Moravia’s Emilee Conner (15) reaches in trying to take the basketball away from Lauren Fritts of Marathon last night. Visiting Moravia prevailed 48-38.

GROTON — Tyler Tilebein provided some clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch as Groton Central boys rallied from a disastrous third quarter to edge visiting Southern Cayuga 65-60 in a crucial Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III basketball match-up Friday in Richard Court Gymnasium.
The Indians (6-2 IAC, 7-3 overall) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the division, thanks to a 37-34 win by Union Springs over Lansing on the Bobcats home court. Groton, Lansing and Union Springs all have 4-1 division record.
In other IAC boys play, Moravia dumped Marathon 53-34, Dryden topped Trumansburg 64-55, Watkins Glen edged Elmira Notre Dame 51-46, Newark Valley nipped Waverly 56-50, Candor crushed Spencer-Van Etten 69-40, Odessa-Montour defeated Tioga 52-37 and Newfield dropped Elmira Heights Edison 61-37.
In IAC girls hoop action, Moravia stopped Marathon 48-38, Southern Cayuga dumped Groton 54-37, Lansing downed Union Springs 39-29, Trumansburg tripped Dryden 47-45, Elmira Notre Dame handled Watkins Glen 58-28, Waverly walloped Newark Valley 63-18, Candor clubbed Spencer-Van Etten 59-28, Tioga topped Odessa-Montour 64-48 and Elmira Heights Edison edged Newfield 66-63.
Groton 65, Southern Cayuga 50: “We found a way to win tonight,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We played horrible defense in the first half and missed shots, but we still led. “Southern Cayuga never quit and came back in the third quarter because we could not buy a basket. The guys regained some momentum in the fourth quarter and we were able to come back,’ added Filxen. “It was warm outside, so the packed crowd in the gym made things equally hot inside. Play got physical at times, but our guys were focused.”
After holding a 46-34 lead through the first half, Groton netted just two points in the third quarter and saw its 12-point lead turn into a two-point deficit.
Through the physical fourth quarter, the Indians finally won out. Tyler Tilebein missed a free throw earlier in the quarter to tie the game, but Ethan Tilebein (23 points) hit a big 3-pointer to put Groton up by one. Tyler made four charity tosses late to build the Groton lead to five points.
Paul Cooley added 12 points to the Groton attack while Kyle Reed played a solid all-around game with eight points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Tyler Hilliard paced Southern Cayuga (0-5, 0-8, 1-9) with 16 points with Mike Mahaney netting 12 points.
Groton will host Elmira Heights Edison Tuesday in IAC crossover action.
Dryden 64, Trumansburg 55: Tim Finnerty poured in 26 points as Dryden (4-1, 6-1, 7-2) held on to second-place in the Division I standings.
The game was knotted at 32-32 at the halftime break before the Purple Lions slowly pulled away.
Chris Streeter added 12 points to the Purple Lion offensive attack.
Zach Golden netted 14 points and Christian Smith added 13 points to the Trumansburg (3-2, 4-4, 5-5) offensive output.
Dryden will host Lansing in crossover action Tuesday.
Moravia 53, Marathon 34: The temperatures may have been warm outside, but Marathon (1-4, 1-6, 2-7) shot a chilly 11-for-42 (26 percent) from the field in this Division III clash with visiting Moravia (2-3, 2-6, 2-8).
“We gave up a lot of easy baskets,” said Marathon coach Jim Holland. “We were up 9-2 early in the first quarter, but Moravia is a very scrappy team.”
The Olympians only trailed 21-17 at halftime, but converted just four shots form the field in the second half. Ben McDonald led marathon with 10 points while Stephen Birdsall had his breakout game with nine points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Chris Schillawski led Moravia with 15 points with Jeremy Stewart netting 13 points.
Marathon with travel to Spencer-Van Etten for crossover action Tuesday.
Moravia 48, Marathon 38: Casie Wood scored 19 points as Marathon outscored visiting Moravia in three of the fourth quarters played. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils made 11-of-15 free throws in the second quarter during a 22-3 run, which proved to be the difference in the final outcome.
“We committed to many fouls and that led to Moravia shooting a lot of free throws,” said Marathon coach Rich Brooks. “We just did not have the intensity in the second quarter as we did the rest of the game.”
Angela Potter led Moravia with 13 points.
Marathon will host Spencer-Van Etten Tuesday.
Southern Cayuga 54, Groton 37: Ellen Reed led Groton with 15 points, but Southern Cayuga decided this game with strong play in the middle two quarters.
Colleen Lukas scored 16 points for the Chiefs with Molly Osterhoudt and Megan Lawrence also reaching double figures with 14 and 12 points respectively.
Trumansburg 47, Dryden 45: Mary Holland netted 17 points for Dryden High in this Division I clash, but it could not offset the 22-point effort by Blue Raider Mackenzie Stilwell.
The Purple Lions led 12-6 after the first quarter, but were outscored 26-13 in the middle two periods. Dryden rallied with 20 fourth-quarter points, but came up short.
Dryden will host Corning East in a non-league contest today. JV action tips off at 5 p.m.



Dragon women resume winning

ELMIRA — SUNY Cortland women picked right up where they left off last semester, though this latest basketball victory would not come easy.
Freshman forward Jessica Laing scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Red Dragons held off host Elmira College 71-70 to post their eighth consecutive victory Friday night.
The Red Dragons improved to 8-1 with the victory, and return home to take on Keuka College this afternoon in a 4 p.m. Corey Gymnasium start. Cortland and Rensselaer men will meet at 6 p.m. to finish off the non-conference twin bill.
Senior guard Kerry Costello came off the bench and matched her career high with 16 points for the Red Dragons, including 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range at Speidel Gymnasium. She had a key 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the final moments to help thwart a second-half Elmira resurgence.
Cortland sophomore point guard Maggie Byrne also scored 16 points and finished with four steals and three assists. Junior Sara Cavanaugh added 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Junior Bridget Catanese led Elmira (7-3) with 16 points, three assists and three steals. Junior Kourtney Troutman scored 11 points and sophomore Marcia Coakley finished with 11 points.
Laing recorded her eighth ‘double-double’ in nine collegiate games. She reached that level by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help Cortland take a 32-18 lead at the break. Leading 23-18 with 4:26 left, the Red Dragons finished the half on a 9-0 run, including a Costello 3-pointer and two Laing baskets. Cortland held Elmira to 17 percent shooting from the field during the opening 20 minutes.
The Soaring Eagles, however, shot 51 percent in the second half to claw their way back into the game. Cortland led 40-26 with 16:51 left after a basket by freshman Brittany Martin, but the hosts used a 12-2 run over the next 3:26 to pull within 42-38.
Cortland answered with a 10-2 run of its own, capped by a Laing bucket with 10:56 left, to take a 52-40 lead. The Red Dragons still led by 12 at 61-49 after a Byrne shot with 6:16 remaining before Elmira made its final surge. Coakley hit a shot with 6:04 left, Catanese nailed a 3-pointer with 4:56 left and Danielle Troutman added a trey with 3:15 left to bring the Soaring Eagles within 62-57.
Laing hit two free throws with 3:06 on the clock, but two Coakley shots cut Cortland’s lead to 64-61 with 2:28 left. After the teams traded possessions, Costello hit the second of two free throws with 1:50 left, but Catanese scored with 1:37 left and Elmira was within two.
Costello responded with her biggest shot of the night, a three-pointer with 1:19 left that extended the Red Dragon lead to five. Catanese made a pair of free throws with 1:07 left and, following a Cortland turnover, Coakley sank a shot with 40 seconds remaining to make the score 68-67.
Coakley then stole the ball with 34 seconds remaining, but the Soaring Eagles turned the ball back over with 19 seconds left and committed a foul. Costello sank two free throws to give the Red Dragons a three-point lead, and a potential tying trey by Catanese with 13 seconds left was off the mark.
Byrne made one free throw with eight seconds remaining, and Kourtney Troutman’s 3-pointer at the end of the game created the final margin.