It finally happened. After trying over the last three seasons and coming close on a few occasions, the Dundee varsity girls’ basketball team could soak up a win after defeating Clyde-Savannah Nov. 30, 47-29.
The much-improved squad under first-year head coach Michael Strait started out slowly, finding themselves down 7-2 early in the first quarter. After a timeout, Dundee’s Hallie Knapp sunk two free throws and the following basket and Makenzie Cratsley came up with two turnovers to help spark the team to an 8-7 lead that they would not relinquish. Mackenzie Strait finished the first quarter by hitting a shot from the free throw line with 1.2 seconds left to extend Dundee’s lead to three, 14-11.
The Scots were much more active on the boards in the second quarter as they built upon their lead. Senior Dalaine Nolan was the first substitute in for the team to begin the quarter and brought some fire to the team, scrapping on the floor for loose balls and creating turnovers. The team seemed to feed off the hustle, becoming much more active rebounding. The Scots led 25-12 at the half.
The team expanded its 13-point lead in the second half, winning by 18. Senior Megan Sutherland led the scoring with 13 points to go along with 4 rebounds, Strait added 12 points and 6 assists, freshman Haille Knapp contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Cratsley added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Dundee faces Campbell-Savona Friday at home.
Hammondsport 60 Dundee 48
On Tuesday night, Dundee lost to Hammondsport by a score of 60-48. Mackenzie Strait led the Scots with 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Makenzie Cratsley added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Megan Sutherland added 8 points. For Hammondsport, Destiny Hammond and Ana Salom each scored 16 points.
Penn Yan 42 Marcus Whitman 25
The Penn Yan girls’ basketball team began the season with a 42-25 win over Marcus Whitman Nov. 30. The team was paced by Peyton Comfort and Ashley Sisson, who scored 12 points apiece. Haylea Langan added 6 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Jenna Curbeau chipped in with 4 points and 5 rebounds of her own.
Head coach Katrina Davenport was pleased with the win. “We’ve worked really hard in the off-season and each day preparing for our first win of the season,” she said. “But there’s still a lot more work to be done.”
The team faced Rush-Henrietta Dec. 4 and is on the road again next Tuesday to play Mynderse Academy.