December 15, 2010


Late Lansing hoop nips Groton

Thanks to a late fourth quarter comeback, Groton Central boys were on the verge of continuing their unbeaten basketball ways on Tuesday night.
But a driving lay-up by Ellington Hopkins with 0.3 seconds showing on the Dick Court Gymnasium scoreboard clock spoiled things, enabling visiting Lansing to pull out a 49-48 victory over the Indians in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division match-up.
Groton (4-1) had taken a 48-47 lead on a Keegan Donovan basket with 26 seconds left, having battled back from a double-digit third quarter deficit in the process. The Indians called a timeout after taking the lead to set up their defense, and had the Bobcats trapped and forced into calling their own timeout with six seconds left.
That’s when Hopkins finished off an eight-point second half with his game-winning burst to the basket, as Lansing (2-2) grabbed a rare victory at Court Gymnasium where Groton had been 29-3 dating back to the 2007-08 season.
“One of the things we have to get better at is dribble penetration,” said Groton coach John Filzen after Hopkins finished off his determined drive to the rim against the Indians’ defense.
Groton falls behind Small School Division leader Moravia in the standings, the defending sectional champion Blue Devils (4-0) escaping with a 47-45 victory over Whitney Point last night. Also in the North Division, Southern Cayuga was a 57-52 winner over Trumansburg.
In IAC North girls’ contests, Marathon turned back Dryden 45-29, Lansing tripped Groton 47-32, Moravia rolled past Whitney Point 42-20 and Trumansburg topped Southern Cayuga 42-29.
Lansing 49, Groton 48: Groton and Lansing were tied at 22-22 at halftime, with the Bobcats’ Mason Golden scoring 19 of his game-high 21 points during those opening two stanzas — including a handful of 3-pointers.
The Lansing lead grew to 11 points in the third quarter, though a Quin Walpole 3-pointer at the end of that period pulled the Indians to within 38-30 heading into the final eight minutes. Groton continued to peck away at the Lansing lead until Donovan’s basket — his ninth point working against Lansing’s contant defensive attention.
“They threw junk at us, a box-and-one,” said Coach John Filzen, Lansing out to deny leading Groton scorer Donovan with that defensive ploy. “We practiced against it the day before but we just froze.”
Golden and Hopkins were the main men for Lansing, Filzen dismayed by his team’s inability to locate Golden in the opening half. Bruce Green added six points for the winners.
Despite being held to just two baskets, Donovan had nine points to lead Groton scorers. Walpole and Sam Wright added eight points apiece for the Indians.
Lansing also captured the junior varsity game over Groton.
Marathon 35, Dryden 29: Marathon pulled away in the fourth quarter at Dryden, as Samantha Courtney led the way with 13 points and Emily Icenogle finished with nine points including a couple of 3-pointers.
Marathon had a 19-10 halftime lead trimmed to a single point before pulling away with a 12-point fourth quarter.
“That’s what we’ve been having trouble with, the second and third quarters,” said Marathon coach Mike Reilly after his Olympians improved to 2-2. “I don’t know what it is, but in the middle quarters we just get away from the good things that we’re doing.”
Icenogle had both of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Marathon hold off Dryden (0-4), the Purple Lions coming back after missing their first 12 shots from the floor to trail 12-4 after one quarter of play. Clara Gallagher had 12 points and Laura Streeter 10 in the loss, each scoring three times in the third quarter to pull the hosts to within a point.
While Marathon’s Courtney controlled the backboards for the most part, Kate Ordway led Dryden with six rebounds.
In the junior varsity prelim, Marathon topped Dryden 30-20.
Lansing 47, Groton 32: After falling behind 17-3, Groton held its own the rest of the way against the unbeaten Bobcats (4-0).
“We just panicked with their press in the first quarter,” Groton coach Jen Case said. “Lansing really didn’t press us in the second half. Overall, we played okay against a very good team.”
Lansing increased its advantage to 30-11 by halftime before pulling back on the pressure. Shanna Shaff led the Bobcats with 13 points. Nina Lindberg and Jocelyn Ford chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Groton (3-2) won the second-half battle by outscoring its host 21-17. Kyle Hall was the only Indian to reach double figures. Hall netted 11 points with Shelby Warner adding seven points.


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