The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team is on a roll. Traditionally for most Penn Yan basketball teams, a trip to Newark to take on the hometown Reds is usually a tough task. But the 2017-18 Orange and Blue hardwood team seems to playing from a different script this season. In Newark Jan. 9, Penn Yan grabbed control of this Finger Lakes East showdown from the opening tipoff and never let go. They rushed out to a 26-11 lead at the half and cruised to an easy 61-36 win over the stunned Wayne County five. The win was Penn Yan’s 9th in 10 tries. They remain undefeated in Finger Lakes East play with a 4-0 record. Mynderse holds down the top spot with a 5-0 record.
Senior Desmond Battin topped the Mustang scoring ledger with 21 points. Dylan Stape added 13 points to Penn Yan’s winning numbers. Derrick Rivello and Ben Emerson chipped in 11 points each.
Midlakes 73 Penn Yan 42
The Midlakes Screaming Eagles girl’s basketball came to Penn Yan Jan. 8 holding a half game lead for first place in the Finger Lakes East League over the surging Penn Yan Mustang girl’s team. The Orange and Blue five were coming off a huge victory over Mynderse and hoped to over take the undefeated Eagles. But this would not be the case. Midlakes broke open a close game early with a 24-10 run in the second quarter, and pulled away to a convincing 73-42 win over the host Mustang team. The Screaming Eagle girls solidified their hold on the top spot and are 11-0 for the season. Penn Yan drops to 4-2 in the league and 6-4 overall. They are tied for second place with Pal-Mac in the Finger Lakes East, a game and a half behind Midlakes.
Joddie Decker topped the Penn Yan scoring ledger with 16 points. Senior Sydney Bloom added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jenna Curbeau also enjoyed a strong game on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds.
South Seneca 44 Marcus Whitman 30
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat girl’s basketball team dropped a 44-30 decision to South Seneca in a Finger Lakes West contest played in Gorham Jan. 9. Ari Beverly led the Whitman scorers with 9 points. Maddie Ryan and Emily Thompson both tallied 6 points for the Wildcat girls.
In other Finger Lakes West action Jan. 9, Bloomfield topped Dundee 59-40 in Bloomfield. Individual statistics for this game were not available.