The Penn Yan girls' basketball team began sectional play last night with an impressive 65-42 win over the LeRoy Oatkan Knights.
The 23-point win did not seem realistic after a sluggish first quarter from the Mustangs. Penn Yan was not shooting the ball well and the LeRoy handled the press the Mustangs showed. If it were not for two key baskets at the end of the quarter, Penn Yan's 15-12 deficit could have looked even worse.
"Once they settled down they played great," said head coach Katrina Davenport.
A two-pointer by LeRoy's Jillian Curtis increased the LeRoy lead to 17-12 early in the second quarter, but Penn Yan rattled off 16 straight points for a commanding 28-17 lead they would not relinquish. Jenna Curbeau sparked the Mustangs, grabbing several rebounds and allowing Penn Yan to push the ball upcourt with crisp passing that led to transition buckets.
Penn Yan held a 28-21 lead at halftime and the momentum they built continued on into the third quarter when they built a commanding 51-31 lead. The team was on cruise control in the fourth quarter and Davenport was able to take Curbeau, Sierra Harrison, and Joddie and Jammie Decker out to the applause of the crowd that appreciated their effort.
The Mustangs' final four points of the game were scored by Alex Cox, to the thunderous approval of the Penn Yan fans.
Peyton Comfort led the scoring for Penn Yan with 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Curbeau also grabbed 13 boards and added 13 points. Joddie Decker had 11 points and 4 assists, while Harrison added 10 points and 4 assists of her own.
The team now faces #1 seed Dansville at 7 p.m. Friday in Dansville. The Mustangs (also Dansville's nickname) are 19-0 on the season and will present a tough test for the Penn Yan.
"They are a very good, solid team," said Davenport. "They have two good posts, one really good guard and another good guard. They are undefeated versus a very competitive schedule."