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February 7, 2009

 

Indians wrap up top spot

Indians

Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Peter Jackson, the lone senior on the Groton High varsity squad, drives to the hoop against Moravia during Friday’s IAC Division III showdown. Host Groton won, 52-38.

GROTON— The Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III title came down to one big Friday night game.
Ethan Tilebein scored 19 points as Groton Central boys posted a 52-38 victory over Moravia inside a packed Richard Court Gymnasium. The Indians (14-1 IAC, 15-2 overall) locked up the title with a perfect 9-0 division record with one game remaining.
The Blue Devils (11-4, 12-6) fall two games back at 7-2 in the standings.
In other boys’ action, Newfield nipped Marathon 68-61, Newark Valley dumped Dryden 66-44, Candor clipped Elmira Heights Edison 66-52, Elmira Notre Dame topped Trumansburg 79-41, Odessa-Montour ousted Watkins Glen 55-44, Spencer-Van Etten stopped Tioga 64-51, Union Springs edged Southern Cayuga 49-38 and Waverly whipped Lansing 49-36..
In IAC girls play, Newark Valley dumped Dryden 69-56, Moravia mauled Groton 50-19, Newfield nailed Marathon 46-35, Candor clubbed Elmira Heights Edison 63-21, Elmira Notre Dame routed Trumansburg 64-40, Lansing walloped Waverly 57-33, Odessa-Montour nipped Watkins Glen 48-47, Southern Cayuga stopped Union Springs 47-36 and Tioga tripped Spencer-Van Etten 44-22.
Groton 52, Moravia 38: After taking a 9-8 lead in a low-scoring first quarter, Groton was able to open up a gap between itself and the visitors with a 16-10 second-quarter spurt. The Indians enjoyed a 25-18 advantage at halftime.
Josh Senter played a good chunk of the first half at point guard for Groton as Peter Jackson picked up two early fouls and was forced to the bench. “Josh did a really good job of running our offense and keeping us in the game,” said Groton coach John Filzen.
Groton continued to open some breathing room in the third quarter. The 17-12 advantage increased the lead to 42-38 entering the fourth quarter. Tilebein scored 12 of his 19 points after intermission.
Part of that success came from the play of Brandon Peckham, who came off the bench to score eight points and pull down 10 rebounds during the contest. Another strong suit was the Indians only committed nine turnovers in the game.
Tilebein was the only Groton player in double figures as the Indians used a balanced scoring attack. Jackson also netted eight points while Kyle Reed chipped in with seven points.
Pat Mott tried to keep Moravia in the game with a 14-point effort. Jeremy Stewart added 11 points to the Blue Devils’ total.
“We played good defense the whole game on Mott and Stewart,” said Filzen. “Our guys knew where they were and contained them.
“Moravia played good defense on us, too,” he added. “It was that kind of a tight game.”
Newfield 68, Marathon 61: After a disastrous first-half, Marathon caught fire during second-half play, but could not overcome the big deficit. The Olympians scored 46 second-half point to fall 68-61 in this Division III contest on Senior Night.
“We only made four field goals in the first half, but the guys kept battling back,” said Marathon coach Jim Holland. “Our poor first-half shooting and poor free throw shooing were what cost us this game.”
The Olympians shot just 14-of-29 from the foul line for the evening.
“Newfield led 16-9 after one quarter and 33-15 by halftime. Marathon netted 20 points in the third quarter before exploding for 26 points in the fourth quarter. Chase Wiley scored 14 of his team-high 22 points for the Olympians in the final eight minutes.
Julian Smith-Magee scored a game-high 28 points to lead Newfield.
Marathon will travel to Whitney Point today for a non-league game. Jayvee action starts at 6 p.m.
Newark Valley 66; Dryden 44: Newark Valley used a 19-point second quarter to open a big 33-15 halftime advantage and never lost a double digit lead in the second half. Chris Birch led the Cardinals with 19 points. Ryan Warchocki added 18 points and Kevin Coleman netted 17 points for the winners.
Cory Goodenough led Dryden with 10 points. Andrew Barber and Zach LeViere netted seven points each for the Purple Lions.
Dryden will host Waverly in make-up Division I play tonight. Jayvee action tips off at 6 p.m.
IN GIRLS’ PLAY —
Newark Valley 69, Dryden 56: The Purple Lions had one of their best offensive games of the season, but still dropped a 69-56 decision on Senior Night.
“We attacked the basket better tonight,” said Dryden coach David Lott. “We drew fouls, but could not make the free throws.”
Dryden shot 13-for-32 from the charity stripe, just 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter when the game was still fairly close.
Caitlyn Potter led the Dryden attack with 17 points. Beth Guernsey chipped in with 14 points while Bridget Bugliari pulled down 11 rebounds.
Liza Rigucci and Valerie Hanson each scored 19 points to top the Newark Valley scoring list.
Newfield 46, Marathon 35: Newfield raced to a 21-10 first-quarter lead, never really pulled away any more as Marathon put up a good fight for three quarters.
Maria Thannhauser netted 25 points to led the Trojans.
Michelle Stevens scored 12 points to lead Marathon with Leah Thon adding 10 points.
Moravia 50, Groton 19: Moravia jumped out to a 24-2 lead in the first quarter while keeping Groton in single digits every quarter. Deanna Drake, Maria Heffernan and Hannah Mackey each scored 10 points to lead a balanced Blue Devil offense.
Kellie Rongo score eight points to lead Groton.

Boys’ box scores —

Groton 52, Moravia 38
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Moravia (12-6) 38: Langtry 0 0-1 0, Mott 6 0-0 14, Pasho 2 0-0 5, Powers 2 0-0 4, Stewart 4 2-2 11, Wakefield 2 0-0 4. Team totals 16 2-3 38
Groton (15-2) 52: Carey 0 0-0 0, Conway 2 0-0 4, Gallow 2 0-0 4, Jackson 4 0-0 8, Peckham 3 2-2 8, Pratt 0 0-0 0, Reed 3 1-1 7, Senter 1 0-0 2, Tilebein 8 0-2 19, Tompkins 0 0-0 0. Team totals 23 3-5 52
By periods:
Moravia 8 10 12 8 — 38
Groton 9 16 17 10 — 52
3-pt. goals: Moravia (4)- Mott 2, Pasho, Stewart. Groton (3)- Tilebein 3.

Newfield 68, Marathon 61
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Newfield (8-10) 68: Smith-Magee 11 6-8 28, Clark 1 0-0 2, Jones 3 2-2 8, Pickren 3 1-2 8, Wall 1 1-1 3, A. Milicic 0 0-0 0, Addy 4 0-0 8, Edwards 0 1-2 1, Praschma 0 0-0 0, Snyder 1 0-0 3, Z. Milicic 3 1-2 9, Oliver 0 0-0 0. Team totals 26 12-17 68
Marathon (2-15) 61: Barry 0 0-2 0, Bellefleur 0 2-4 2, Birdsall 5 1-6 12, Gofgosky 3 4-8 10, Jones 1 0-0 2, Lantry 2 0-0 6, Lincoln 1 0-0 2, McDonald 0 5-6 5, O’Shea 0 0-0 0, Wiley 8 2-3 22. Team totals 20 14-29 61
By periods:
Newfield 16 17 16 19 — 68
Marathon 9 6 20 26 — 61
3-pt. goals: Newfield (4)- Z. Milicic 2, Snyder, Pickren. Marathon (7)- Wiley 4, Lantry 2, Birdsall.

Newark Valley 66, Dryden 44
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Dryden (4-12) 44: Goodenough 4 1-1 10, Horton 1 3-4 5, Welch 0 0-0 0, Phillips 1 0-0 2, Barber 3 0-0 7, Jenne 2 0-1 5, LeViere 2 2-2 7, Holland 2 3-4 8. Team totals 15 9-12 44
Newark Valley (12-3) 66: Wardocki 6 1-1 18, Parmalee 0 0-0 0, Short 0 0-0 0, Botzenhart 0 0-0 0, Coleman 7 3-4 17, Chris Birch 7 1-1 19, Charlie Birch 6 0-0 12. Team totals 26 5-6 66
By periods:
Dryden 10 5 15 14 — 44
Newark Valley 14 19 13 20 — 66
3-pt. goals: Dryden (5)- Goodenough, Barber, Jenne, LeViere, Holland. Newark Valley (9)- Wardocki 5, Chris Birch 4.

Girls’ box scores —

Newark Valley 69, Dryden 56
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Newark Valley (7-8) 69: Orth 5 1-4 11, Hanson 7 2-2 19, Portello 0 0-0 0, Gac 0 0-0 0, Bahnay 0 0-0 0, Rigucci 7 4-6 19, Woods 4 4-4 12, Celiberti 3 2-2 8. Team totals: 26 13-18 69
Dryden (5-12) 56: Lee 0 0-0 0, White 2 0-2 4, Guernsey 5 3-4 14, Potter 6 5-9 17, Sprouse 1 1-2 3, Rugg 1 4-12 6, Bugliari 4 0-3 8, Eaton 2 0-0 4, Bower 0 0-0 0, Ronald 0 0-0 0. Team totals: 21 13-32 56
By periods:
Newark Valley 13 20 14 22 — 69
Dryden 11 19 16 10 — 56
3-point goals: Newark Valley (4)- Hanson 3, Rigucci. Dryden (1)- Guernsey.

Newark Valley 46, Marathon 35
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Marathon (2-15) 35: Stevens 5 2-5 12, Thon 3 4-4 10, Ripley 0 0-0 0, Courtney 1 3-6 6, Hurlbert 0 2-2 2, Pitcher 2 0-0 4, Wickham 0 1-2 1. Team totals: 11 12-19 35
Newfield (9-8) 46: Cain 1 0-0 2, Doolittle 1 1-2 3, McLaughlin 1 0-0 2, Thannhauser 8 4-6 25, Van Orman 2 0-0 5, Warren 2 0-0 6, Yaple 1 0-0 3. Team totals: 16 5-8
By periods:
Marathon 10 9 7 9 — 35
Newark Valley 21 8 8 9 — 46
3-point goals: Marathon (1)- Courtney. Newark Valley (9)- Thannauser 5, Warren 2, Van Orman, Yaple

Moravia 50, Groton 19
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Groton (0-17) 19: Crouch 0 0-2 0, Warner 0 1-2 1, Rongo 4 0-0 8, Mulhern 0 0-0 0, Henry 1 1-2 4, Martin 1 0-0 2, Senter 2 0-0 4, A. Case 0 0-0 0, S. Case 0 0-0 0. Team totals: 8 2-6 19
Moravia (10-5) 50: Doolittle 3 0-0 6, Drake 4 0-0 10, Heffernan 5 0-0 10, Hunsinger 3 0-0 8, Mackey 3 3-3 10, Potter 1 2-4 4, Stimmier 1 0-0 2. Team totals: 20 5-7 50
By periods:
Groton 2 9 2 6 — 19
Moravia 24 11 4 11 — 50
3-point goals: Groton (1)- Henry. Moravia (5)- Drake 2, Hunsinger 2, Mackey.