Penn Yan falls to Corning-Painted Post 52-44

When it comes to college basketball, New York State can boast that it is the home to two of the best known venues in the country. In New York City, Madison Square Garden is billed “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Upstate, Syracuse’s Carrier Dome is the glowing home to major college basketball. Both of these venerable basketball cathedrals have hosted some of the best collegiate teams and players ever to play the game. They have been literally “The Court of Dreams” for decades of young basketball players. On Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, 2017, the young basketball players for the Penn Yan Academy boy’s basketball team, had this experience. The Mustangs traveled to Syracuse University to take on the Corning-Painted Post Hawks at the Carrier Dome. Penn Yan fell to Corning-Painted Post 52-44 in a hard-fought contest. The final score may be forgotten, but the experience will remain for a lifetime.

The Mustangs entered the game with a perfect 5-0 record. The Hawks from Corning, last year’s Section Four AA champions, were 3-3. The first half featured an exchange of baskets between the two talented teams. The visiting Mustangs went on a 10-0 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 23-17 halftime lead. But the much larger Corning team grabbed control of the contest in the second half, and eventually eased away in the final 8 minutes. A 9-0 run in the fourth quarter by the Hawks salted this game away in the Salt City. The loss was the first of the season for Penn Yan. They will jump back into Finger Lakes East League play Friday against a very tough Geneva Panther team.

Penn Yan’s Dylan Stape was almost a one man team for the Mustangs on offense. The talented senior scored 24 points to lead the Orange and Blue in scoring. Sixteen of the points came in the first half. He also registered some key blocks on defense and battled for some important rebounds against a larger Corning team. Ben Emerson added 9 points while Desmond Battin chipped in 4 points. The size of the Dome and its shooting sight lines seemed to affect both teams. But Syracuse University did a fantastic job providing a “big-time college atmosphere” for both teams and the hundreds of local basketball fans who attended. It was a nice early Christmas gift for everyone there.

Girl's Basketball

Penn Yan 66 Wayne 60

The Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball team picked up their second straight Finger Lakes East League win Dec. 19 in Ontario Center. The Mustang girls downed the Eagles from Wayne 66-60 to improve to 2-1 in league play. They are 2-2 overall.

Penn Yan senior Sydney Bloom enjoyed a highly productive night on offense for the Orange and Blue. She tallied 25 points to lead all scorers. Jenna Curbeau added 11 points and also hauled down 17 rebounds. Joddie Decker and Hannah Keech scored 8 points each. Emma Harling and Logan Broome accounted for 6 points each. Harling also recorded 8 rebounds.

Red Jacket 72 Dundee 26

Red Jacket defeated Dundee 72-26 in a Finger Lakes West League game played in Dundee Dec. 19. MacKenzie Strait was Dundee’s top scorer with 16 points. Alexandria Wood added 4 points.