November 30, 2011


Olympians top Dryden for openers


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon’s Sam Courtney and Drew Barber (12) battle Vanessa Scott (12) of Dryden for a rebound during Tuesday’s IAC opener. Host Marathon was a 41-28 winner.

Center Samantha Courtney hit for double figures to helped Marathon Central girls get the new basketball season off on the right foot Tuesday night.
The Olympian senior scored 10 points as the home team posted a 41-28 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over visiting Dryden on the McDonald Gymnasium hardwood. It was the opening outing for both schools.
In other Northh Division girls’ play, Lansing routed Groton 63-13, Southern Cayuga toppled Trumansburg 50-35 and Moravia doubled up Whitney Point 32-16.
In IAC North Division boys’ openers, Groton drubbed Lansing 60-36, Whitney Point beat Moravia 53-34 and Trumansburg took a 52-37 victory over Southern Cayuga.
Marathon 41, Dryden 28: Marathon jumped to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but Dryden battled back in the second quarter, cutting the Olympian lead down to 17-16 by halftime. The home team pulled away in the second half by scoring 12 points in each quarter. The advantage stood at 29-21 after three quarters.
Ellena Holl added eight points to the winning attack.
Taylor Hoyt shared high scoring honors with 10 points for Dryden. Jenn Bruer netted nine points for the Purple Lions.
Marathon will return to action Tuesday at Groton. Dryden will return to the court Friday as the Purple Lions host Southern Cayuga.
Lansing 63, Groton 13: It was not the opening night Groton coach Jen Case had hoped for in losing to visiting Lansing.
“We didn’t get back on defense,” the third-year coach said. “We were standing around and we had trouble running our offense. Give Lansing a lot of credit because they are good. They are disciplined and they run the court very well.”
Lansing raced to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Marie McCartney and Colby McCartney each scored 12 points in the game and Carlene Fields added nine points for the LadyCats.
Emma Graham scored six of the Indians’ 13 points.
Groton 60, Lansing 36: “It was a nice start,” Groton coach John Filzen said of his team’s season-opening win. “Lansing just finished playing soccer last week, but our guys did not take them lightly because they are always a good team.
“The kids worked hard on both ends of the floor,” he added. “We were unselfish in scoring and we got a nice balance. We also did a good job on the boards.”
The Indians jumped to a 24-11 advantage in the first quarter and built the margin to 35-20 by halftime. The visitors finished strong with a 14-7 edge in the fourth quarter.
Keegan Donovan led the Groton scoring with a game-high 23 points. Bryan Chaffee added 10 points to the winning attack and Taj McKnight netted nine points. McKnight pulled down 10 rebounds and Chaffee grabbed six boards.
Ellington Hopkins was the only Lansing player in double figures with 14 points.
Groton returns to action Tuesday at Marathon. The Indians play four of their first five games on the road.


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