The Dundee Scots girl's team is young, but their skills are improving, and one has tied a record for 3-point shots in one game
Like all small high school sports programs in these days of dwindling enrollment, the Dundee Scots girl’s basketball program faces some real challenges. The 2017-18 edition of the Maroon and White is very young featuring a starting lineup with sophomores, 9th graders, and even an eighth-grader. Needless to say, winning has been at a premium this season. In fact the young Scot girl’s team is still searching for win number one as they enter the third week of January. But progress is being made. The team that struggled to score 20 points in a game in week number one, is steadily beginning to find an offensive stride.
They dropped two games last week to two tough Finger Lakes West opponents, Bloomfield 59-40 in Bloomfield Tuesday evening and to Honeoye at home Thursday night 67-50.
Dundee’s improving offensive drive has been led by a talented sophomore, MacKenzie Strait. In Thursday’s loss to Honeoye, she tallied 15 points. Teammates Megan Sutherland and Hallie Knapp chipped 13 and 9 points respectively. So the gap is steadily closing, that elusive first victory could be close at hand. MacKenzie Strait is putting together an impressive season for the Scots. She has scored 152 points in 10 games, an average of 15.2 per game.
Tuesday’s game against Bloomfield featured a bigger story than the Dundee loss. In this game, MacKenzie Strait broke the school record for 3-pointers in a girl’s contest. The sharpshooting sophomore converted an amazing seven 3-pointers. In fact, she tied the overall school record for 3-pointers by a Dundee basketball player, boy or girl. She holds the school record with her two brothers, Michael and Bobby.
The National Federation of High School Athletic Association voted to add the 3-point field goal to the high school game before the 1987-88 season. The move changed the dynamics of both the girl’s and boy’s game forever. Long range sharpshooters from beyond the 19 foot 9-inch line have taken their place in the game. The 3-point field goal has become a distinct game changer.
In Dundee, like many other high school basketball programs, the 3-point shoot has become vital. And as you can see in Dundee, the three-pointer is spelled S-T-R-A-I-T ! Congratulations to MacKenzie Strait, the newest Strait record holder.
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 overtake 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.
Marcus Whitman 67 Naples 56
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat girl’s basketball team defeated Naples 67-56 in a Finger Lakes West contest played in Naples Jan. 11. The Whitman five was led in scoring by Jordyn Chappelle with 15 points. Emily Thompson added 13 points while Aaliyah Beverly chipped in 10 points.
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.
Bloomfield 72 Dundee 44
The Dundee varsity basketball team lost their Jan. 10 conference game against Bloomfield. The Bombers used a strong second half to stretch a 32-23 halftime lead to the winning score. No individual Dundee statistics were available.