Coaching can be a difficult profession. Winning can become just a reprieve from the losses that sting. Those losses can lead to sleepless nights and second-guessing. But, sometimes, the other team is just better than yours.
This was the case as the Penn Yan Mustangs girls’ basketball team matched up against No. 1 seed Dansville Friday night. Dansville went into the game with a record of 19-0 and was still unblemished after the 75-48 win over Penn Yan. Mustangs’ coach Katrina Davenport tipped her metaphorical cap to the opponent.
“Dansville is a very talented all-around team,” she explained. “We can’t hang our heads going out to a team of their caliber. I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up taking the Class B2 championship.”
Dansville, also known as the Mustangs, would build a first half lead of 45-23 behind a huge home crowd and not look back. Penn Yan’s Mustangs could not find an answer to stopping junior Grace Rittenhouse as she led all scorers with 19 points. Four Dansville players scored in double figures.
Penn Yan was paced by junior Jenna Curbeau who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Senior Peyton Comfort, playing in her final high school basketball game, added 12 points (8 in the first quarter) and 5 rebounds. Freshman Sierra Harrison and sophomore Hayley Andersen had 10 and 7 points apiece, while another freshman, Jammie Decker, finished with 2 points and 10 rebounds.
With several of their key players being underclassmen, Davenport’s squad could be destined for greater accomplishments.
“We are a very young team and I have no doubt that we have a bright future ahead,” she said. “We will continue to work in the off-season to gain confidence and experience and continue to build team chemistry.”
It should certainly be fun watching the progress of these talented young ladies over the next few years.