January 9, 2013
Purple Lions topple Groton
Bryan Norman scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter as Dryden High boys built an early lead went on to its sixth win of this basketball season.
The Purple Lions posted a 57-41 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over visiting Groton Central Tuesday night to improve to 6-2 in division play and 6-3 overall.
The Indians fall to 3-6 in league and overall play.
In another North Division boys’ contest, Lansing nipped Marathon 52-49.
In IAC North girls’ games, Groton downed Dryden 46-19 and Lansing defeated Marathon 49-18.
In IAC bowling, Marathon boys and girls each swept Odessa-Montour 4-0.
There is a date change for the Groton girls and boys next basketball games. Both team will play Southern Cayuga Thursday night, those match-ups moved up one day from Friday. The girls host Southern Cayuga, the boys travel to Poplar Ridge.
Dryden 57, Groton 41: “Bryan was very aggressive from the opening tip,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said of senior guard Norman’s quicks tart. “He has the ability to score in bunches and he did that early for us.
“It would have been nice to increase the lead, but give credit to Groton,” he continued. “They continued to work hard and made things difficult for us.”
“We did play well,” Groton coach John Filzen said. “We were able to hang tough in the first half. We just never got inside 10 points. In the second half, we never really got a good run going. Dryden’s size inside hurt us on the offensive boards.”
With Norman’s help, Dryden took a 21-13 lead in the first quarter and led 34-20 by halftime. The second half was just a two point difference in the Purple Lions favor.
Ali Abel-Ferretti added 13 points and Gage Ellis netted 12 points with seven rebounds for Dryden
Tajz McKnight and Damian Young each scored 15 points for Groton.
Lansing 52, Marathon 49: Lansing scored 18 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 36-25 halftime lead. Marathon battled back in the second half, but could not get the push needed to tie the game.
“We had a chance to win. We just didn’t execute at the end,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “Give Lansing a lot of credit, they are very well coached and they did a great job of switching up the defense from man-to-man to zone and back again.”
Despite being under the weather, Ellington Hopkins scored 11 points for Lansing while Thomas Towner led the way with 12 points. Ben Rourke added 10 points to the Bobcats’ total.
Marathon’s Jeff Contri led all scorers with 17 points.
IN IAC GIRLS’ BASKETBALL —
Groton 46, Dryden 19: Groton bolted to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and was in control the entire game
“We came out playing strong defensively,” Groton coach Jen Case said. “We kept the pressure on with our press. It was nice that everyone contributed in tonight’s win.”
Ruthanne Forehand and Kylene Hall each finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Groton. Steffanie Preston netted nine points pulled down 11 rebounds.
Kate Holland led Dryden with eight points.
Lansing 49, Marathon 18: The tight Lansing defense held Marathon to six points or less in each of the four quarters while coasting to the east victory.
Shea McCartney led the Bobcats with 16 points. Liz Gonyea and Maura McCartney each added eight points.
Nicole Hammond led the visiting Olympians with five points.
IN IAC BOWLING —
Marathon Boys 4, Odessa-Montour 0: Mike Phillips led Marathon the match high series of 539 and match high game of 203. Andrew Doane added a 531 series to the Olympians winning effort..
Marathon Girls 4, Odessa-Montour 0: Kortni McGowan rolled a high series of 555 to lead Marathon to the sweep. Allysan Loope was close behind with her 499 series.
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