Lady Mustangs notch first win with clutch bucket

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustang girls basketball team garnered their first win of the 2008-’09 season with a hard fought 37-36, come from behind win over Mynderse in Seneca Falls on Wednesday night.

With time running out and Penn Yan trailing by a single point 36-35, Rachel Roddenbery sank a close-in basket to give Penn Yan the lead and ultimately the win. 

The Finger Lakes East D-II showdown was a see/saw contest that saw both teams enjoy leads during the game. The Orange and Blue jumped to a 10-2 first quarter lead. The hometown Blue Devils rallied to take a 19-16 lead at the half. The two teams matched baskets in the second half until Roddenbery provided the game-winning hoop.

Besides accounting for the game winner, Roddenbery was also the Mustang’s leading scorer with 12 points.  Kate Disbrow added four points.

Penn Yan evened their Finger Lakes East record at 1-1. They gained a share of first place in the F.L. East D-II with the win. Midlakes also sports a 1-1 record in the league. The two teams will face off against each other this coming week. The Lady Mustangs are 1-2 overall. Their home game against Waterloo on Friday was postponed by the snowy weather. This game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Dundee 52

DeSales 23

The Dundee Scot girls basketball team picked up a split in their two Finger Lakes West games played last week. The Lady Scots defeated DeSales 52-23 in Geneva on Monday evening. Dundee dominated in this game, leading 32-11 at the half. They cruised to the easy win in the second half.

Casi Strait had a big scoring night for Dundee with 17 points. Teammate Sami Clingerman added 12 points for the victorious Lady Scots (4-1,3-1).

South Seneca 57

Dundee 54

In a game with first place on the line in the Finger Lakes West, Dundee fell behind South Seneca by 12 points in the fourth quarter, but rallied to tie the game at 49 with 1:00 left in the contest. 

 But the hometown Scots could not sustain their momentum and South Seneca held on for a 57-54 win.

Dundee had two good looking chances for a game-tying 3-pointer as the time ran out, but could not convert.

Dundee used a pressuring, full court defense to get back in the game.

This high energy defense caused the Dundee girls to tire a bit at the end.

But the close contest certainly was entertaining for the hometown crowd in spite of the loss.

Strait once again led the Lady Scots in scoring, with 23 points. Nicole Muoio added nine points and also dished out seven assists. Dundee’s record dropped to 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the league.

Waterloo 31

Marcus Whitman 23

 In other local girl’s high school basketball action last week, Waterloo defeated Marcus Whitman 31-23 on Wednesday in Waterloo.

In this low scoring contest, the teams were tied at 11 at the half, but Waterloo outscored Whitman 19-12 in the second half.

Jamie Archer, Andrea Eckert, and Megan Robson all scored 4 points to lead the Wildcats (0-3,1-6).