December 19, 2012
Purple Lions finally roar
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Groton’s Zach Ossit (25) and Zeke Wright double team Jared Lyon (22) of Moravia during Tuesday’s IAC North court clash. Visiting Moravia was a 69-53 winner.
It was the breakout game that Dryden High boys’ basketball coach Kim Brown had been looking for this season.
Gage Ellis scored all of his team-high 17 points in the second half as the Purple Lions posted a solid 70-52 victory over Whitney Point in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Large School Division clash of contenders Tuesday night.
Dryden improves to 2-2 in division and overall play. Whitney Point falls to 4-2 in division and overall play.
In other IAC North Division outings, Moravia handled Groton 69-53 and Lansing topped Trumansburg 63-31.
In IAC North girls’ action, Moravia dumped Groton 35-29, Whitney Point dropped Dryden 44-34 and Lansing pounded Trumansburg 55-22.
Dryden 70, Whitney Point 52: “It was nice to see Gage shoulder the scoring load in the fourth quarter,” Brown said of Ellis netting 11 of the team’s 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Purple Lions pulled away. “He has the ability to score in bunches if he sets his mind to it.
“Trevor Gardner did a great job for us tonight,” he added. “He plays significant minutes and is able to convert at the free-throw line (5-for-5 in the 4th quarter) late in the game. Being in foul trouble as we were, Shawn Moore and Ross Cole gave us invaluable minutes. They allow us to continue to run our stuff and they play hard on every possession. It was a win, an ugly win, but again, it was a win.”
Dryden led 20-13 after the first quarter, but never put the game away until the fourth quarter. While the Purple Lions did score 24 points in those final eight minutes, the defense allowed Moravia to only score 12 points.
Moore and Ali Abel-Ferretti added 12 points to the Dryden attack while Bryan Norman netted 10 points.
Adam Tillotson paced Whitney Point with 21 points.
Moravia 69, Groton 53: “We let Moravia get too comfortable in our gym,” Groton coach John Filzen said. “We were in foul trouble in the first and quarter and again in the third quarter and that’s where they took advantage of us.”
Moravia took an 18-8 lead in the opening quarter. Groton cut the deficit to 23-17 by halftime by the Blue Devils were 19-12 victors in the third quarter to boost their advantage back to 52-39 through three quarters.
Chandler Benson and Jared Lyon each scored 16 points to lead Moravia, who improves to 5-0 and now enjoys and three-game lead in the North Small School Division over both Groton (3-3) and Marathon (2-3). Chase Walker netted 13 points for the winners
Taj McKnight led the Indians with 19 points and was the only player for the home team in double figures.
IN GIRLS’ BASKETBALL —
Whitney Point 44, Dryden 34: Whitney Point won three of the four quarters and that equated into the Eagles picking up the home court victory.
Amanda Collins scored 12 points to pace the Whitney Point (3-2) offense.
Kate Holland hit two 3-pointers and led Dryden (1-5) with a 12-point effort. Vanessa Scoot added 10 points to the Purple Lions total.
Moravia 35, Groton 29: Moravia (5-1) jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and was never seriously challenged. Groton (4-2) did cut the deficit in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough.
Emily Nemec led the balanced Moravia offense with eight points.
Steffanie Preston topped the Groton scorers with nine points.
IN IAC BOWLING —
Marathon Boys 2, Watkins Glen 2: Marathon boys won the first and third games, but Watkins Glens claimed the second game and total score to earn a split Tuesday.
Andrew Doane had the high series for the Olympians with a 584 scores. Mike Phillips rooled the high Marathon game of the match with a 239.
Marathon Girls 4, Watkins Glen 0: Allysan Loope rolled a high series of 464 to lead Marathon to a sweep of Watkins Glen. Teammate Kortni McGowan was not far behind with her 456 series.
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