Lady Mustangs upset first place Pal-Mac 45-34

Gary Pinneo
Katelyn Sloan was the top scorer in the Penn Yan girl’s win over Pal-Mac last week.

Generally the world of sports is a logical place based on numbers, records, and statistics.  Teams with better numbers usually are the successful ones. 

In this realistic world, first place teams generally better last place teams, especially on their own home fields or courts.  But sometimes the Sports Gods add another element to the mix ... fate. 

The old adage, “on a given night, anybody can beat anybody”, does ring true on occasion.  This was the case this Jan. 9.  The Penn Yan Mustang Girl’s Basketball team traveled to Palmyra to take on the first place Lady Red Raiders. 

The Orange and Blue have struggled in the Finger Lakes East this season.  In fact, entering into this contest, Penn Yan had failed to win a single League game and was sitting in last place.  All the numbers pointed to a Pal-Mac victory.

But on this particular spring-like January evening, the game’s outcome would be determined on the hardwood floor, not on the stat sheet. The Lady Mustangs played their best game of the season and was the best team this particular night.  The upstart Mustangs defeated the first place Red Raiders 45-34.

After trailing 13-7 after one quarter, Penn Yan rallied to take a 20-17 halftime lead.  The host Raiders narrowed the lead to just one point after three quarters, but it was the final quarter where Penn Yan stepped up and took control of the contest. 

The Lady Mustangs outscored and dominated the Pal-Mac squad 19-9 including an impressive 7 of 9 from the foul line.  Penn Yan won the game going away 45-34.  You could color this game Orange and Blue, a big win for Coach Erin Cunningham’s program. 

Katelyn Sloan was Penn Yan’s top scorer with 14 points.  Haley Milam and Emily Simpson added 8 and 6 point respectively.  Kate Disbrow chipped in 5 points including three of four from the charity stripe.

Earlier in the week, the Penn Yan Girls picked up another non-league win with an easy 51-30 victory over Hammondsport.  After trailing 10-9 in the opening stanza, Penn Yan picked up their game the rest of the way winning by 21 points.

Haley Milam scored 16 points and hauled down 6 rebounds to lead the Orange and Blue. 

Elly Disbrow added 11 points and 6 steals.  Katelyn Sloan racked up 10 points including 5 points in the decisive third quarter when Penn Yan outscored the Lakers 19-8.

On Friday evening in Waterloo, the Mustang’s two game winning streak was stopped by Waterloo 56-44.  The Waterloo quintet jumped to a 31-26 lead at halftime and used a 10-4 run in the third quarter to put the game away.

Emily Simpson was Penn yan’s top scorer with 14 points.  Haley Milam delivered 10 points with Katelyn Sloan and Elly Disbrow chipping in 9 points apiece.  After a busy week of roundball, Penn Yan’s record stands at 1-6 in the Finger Lakes East D-II League and 5-7 overall.