December 2, 2009
Dryden girls warm to task
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Groton’s Stephie Senter (13) passes upcourt despite being hounded by Audrey Kate Ordway (23) and Lynsie Sprouse (21) of Dryden in Tuesday’s IAC opener. Host Dryden prevailed, 43-26.
GROTON – It took one quarter to get their basketball legs under them, but, once they did, Dryden High girls rolled to an opening season win Tuesday night.
Taylor White pumped in 19 points as the visiting Purple Lions posted a 43-26 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division victory over Groton Central at Richard Court Gymnasium.
In other IAC girls’ action, Lansing licked Marathon 64-23, Candor clubbed Elmira Heights Edison 70-26, Southern Cayuga stopped Whitney Point 42-35 and Tioga topped Newfield 64-29
In IAC boys’ hoop action, Lansing downed Marathon 60-32, Elmira Heights Edison clipped Candor 63-45, Spencer-Van Etten stopped Odessa-Montour 40-33, Union Springs topped Trumansburg 66-34 and Whitney Point whipped Southern Cayuga 51-39. Groton at Dryden boys was postponed until Dec. 12.
Dryden 43, Groton 26: “For our first game, I thought we executed real well throughout,” Dryden coach Dave Lott said. “We had a tough time putting the ball in the basket in the first quarter and we were rushing some shots. Once we got our feet wet a little bit, we started to settle down and the shots started to fall.
“Defensively,” he continued. “It was a complete team effort. Taylor White had seven steals to go with her 19 points. She did a nice job looking for her shot and attacking the rim.”
Dryden broke a 4-4 first-quarter tie with a 13-2 run in the second quarter, Leading 17-6 at the halftime break, the Purple Lions never looked back.
Katelyn Eaton added seven points and Audra Jenne six points as all eight Dryden players scored.
Allison Case topped the Groton scorers with nine points. Shelby Warner added six points and Lizzy Keister four points.
Dryden will host Lansing Friday while Groton will entertain Southern Cayuga.
Lansing 64, Marathon 23: Lansing raced to a 19-7 first-quarter lead and was never threatened in the season opener for both North Division teams.
Jocelyn Ford led the LadyCats’ attack with 25 points. Stephanie Gonyea and Ellyn Grant-Keane netted eight points each for the winners, who shot a perfect nine-for-nine from the foul stripe.
Samantha Courtney paced the Marathon offense with 10 points. Ellena Holl added eight points to the Olympians’ total thanks to a pair of 3-point bombs.
Marathon will host Trumansburg Friday night.
IN BOYS’ BASKETBALL —
Lansing 60, Marathon 32: A last-second three-pointer gave Lansing a 15-13 lead after one quarter at McDonald Gymnasium. That trey sparked a Bobcat 17-3 run in the second quarter as the visitors took control in the season opener for both teams.
“We were off our game,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “We have had just five full team practices with the boys heading to the state final in soccer. We made just 12 shots out of 46 from the field and turned the ball over 30 times.
“Take nothing away from Lansing,” he added. “They played good team zone defense and (Ngenga) Shalom is a very good rebounder.”
Shalom scored many of his 15 points on offensive putbacks while teammate Tyler Mattoon netted a game-high 16 points. Craig Esposito also hit double figures with 11 points.
Josh Lincoln led the Marathon offensive attack with 12 points. Tyler Knickerbocker helped the young Olympian squad with six points.
Marathon will return to action Friday at Trumansburg. Dryden will travel to Lansing Friday while Groton heads to Poplar Ridge to battle Southern Cayuga.
IN SWIMMING —
Waverly 105, Dryden 77: Lucas McNich, Marcel Merwin and Devin Jewell each picked up opening meet victories as Dryden High boys dropped a 77-105 Interscholastic Athletic Conference swim meet to visiting Waverly.
McNich won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.02 seconds while Merwin captured the 100 butterfly in 1:11.02. Jewell scored his victory in diving with 151.40 points.
Merwin and McNich were part of the Purple Lions’ winning 200 freestyle relay team. Elliott McConnell and Avery Horn were the first two legs of the quartet which posted a time of 1:48.86.
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