February 12, 2016
Blue Devils wear crowns
DRYDEN– It was a perfect night for Moravia Central in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Overall Small School Championship basketball world Thursday at Tompkins Cortland CC.
The Blue Devil boys rallied for a 63-55 victory over Newfield in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Moravia girls opened the evening with a 52-43 win over Newfield.
Jared Lyon scored a team-high 20 points to lead the North Division champions to the victory.
Newfield led 18-15 after the first quarter and built a 10-point advantage during second quarter play before settling for a 35-31 halftime cushion.
The Blue Devils shut down the Trojans in the second half. Moravia enjoyed a 46-44 lead after three quarters and sealed the victory with solid defense and free throws in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Crossgrove added 14 points to the Moravia offense while Gabe Short and Parker Dickenson chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Cole Banfield scored a game-high 24 points for Newfield. Stephen LaBarge chipped in with 13 points for the Trojans.
Moravia and Newfield could well meet again February 27 in the Section 4 Class C Championship game at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. The Trojans (14-4) are the top seed in the tournament. Moravia (16-4) is the second seed. Both teams have first round byes.
Marathon and Groton are also in Class C tournament play. The Olympians (10-10) are the 11th-seed and travel to sixth-seed Watkins Glen (10-8) Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game. The Indians (8-10) are the 14th seed and travel to third-seed Greene (15-4) Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
In Class B boys, Dryden High is the third seed. The Purple Lions (18-1) will host sixth-seed Oneonta (10-10) February 19 at 7 p.m. in quarterfinal round action.
Norwich (18-1) is the top seed and Chenango Valley (14-4) is the second seed.
Dryden will meet Waverly (18-1) tonight for the IAC Overall Large School Championship at TC3. Tip-off is 8 p.m.
Moravia girls got off to a slow start to lead 9-5 after the first quarter.
The Blue Devils caught fire in the second quarter and built a 25-19 lead by halftime.
Moravia pushed its advantage to 39-27 after three quarters before Newfield rallied to within four points late in the fourth quarter before falling 52-43.
Marissa Hingston scored a game-high 17 points to lead Moravia. Allie Genson and Zoe Barrington helped out with nine points each for the Blue Devils.
Angeles James paced the Newfield attack with 15 points. Mariyah Byrd added 12 points to the Trojans’ effort.
Moravia (20-1) heads in to Section 4, Class C Tournament play as the second seed. The Blue Devils have a first round bye and will host the winner of seven-seed Greene (13-6) versus 10-seed Candor (8-9) first round game in the quarterfinals February 20.
Newfield (16-4) is the third seed in Class C and host 14th-seed Walton in first round play Wednesday.
Marathon Central girls are also in Class C first round action Wednesday. The sixth-seed Olympians (11-6) will host 11th-seed Tioga (8-11) at 6 p.m. inside McDonald Gymnasium.
In Class B girls, Dryden High (13-6) is the seventh seed. The Purple Lions will travel to second-seed Susquehanna Valley (17-3) February 20 for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal contest. Binghamton Seton Catholic (17-1) is the top seed.
Dryden will meet Elmira Notre Dame (15-2) tonight for the IAC Overall Large School Championship at TC3 beginning at 6 p.m.
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