High School Basketball Dundee girls top seed; set for show-down

Gary Pinneo
Dundee's # 34 Brooke Howell shoots a short jumper.

Rolling toward post-season play, the Dundee Scots girl’s team faces their biggest game of the season Feb. 18 when they travel to Romulus. The Dundee girls are the top seed in the Section V tournament, and Coach Tom Pratt has been named Coach of the Year, so bringing a win home will put the cap on an outstanding season.

Both teams are 14-1 in the league and 17-1 overall. The Scots defeated the Warriors earlier in the season in Dundee. Romulus, the little hamlet on the shore of Lake Seneca, will be the center of the Finger Lakes High School girl’s basketball universe Wednesday evening.

Dundee 68 Marcus Whitman 30

The Dundee Scots girl’s basketball team won their 17th game of the season in 18 tries, easily defeating the Marcus Whitman Wildcats 68-30 at home Feb. 12 evening. The win sets up Dundee’s huge showdown with Romulus Wednesday night in Romulus. The Finger Lakes West championship will be on the line.

The Scots rolled to a big 35-12 lead in the first half against Marcus Whitman and never looked back. Megan Howell scored 18 points, dished out 4 assists and had 6 steals in the game. Brooke Howell knocked down 17 points and also had 2 blocked shots.

Dundee 65 Red Jacket 44

The Yates County five continued their winning pace with a 65-44 romp over Red Jacket in Palmyra Feb. 10. The Dundee girls broke open a close contest with a huge 21-6 run in the final quarter to ensure the victory.

Megan Howell topped the Dundee scoring ledger with 16 points. Brooke Howell added 14 points and Demi Battin tossed in 11 to pace the Dundee win.

Pal-Mac 59 Penn Yan 37

The Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball team has experienced a difficult 2014-15 campaign. The Penn Yan five has played well at times, but have unfortunately had difficulty finding the win column. Last week proved to be the same story. The Mustangs played well, but came up short in two more Finger Lakes East contests.

Pal-Mac defeated the Mustangs 59-37 Feb. 11. A sluggish start proved to be a problem for Penn Yan. The Red Raiders jumped out to a 38-16 after two quarters. Penn Yan could never recover. Sydney Bloom scored 13 points to lead Penn Yan. Annie White added 10.

Newark 46 Penn Yan 42

Two nights later at home, the Mustangs fell to Newark 46-42. Once again, Penn Yan played well at times, but would fall just short on the scoreboard in the end. The Penn Yan team (0-12, 1-16) has been led all season offensively by senior Liz Wunder and ninth grader Sydney Bloom. The Mustangs are a very young team and make the normal mistakes young teams do. But it is a learning experience, and better days will be ahead for the Penn Yan girl’s basketball program.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball sectional tournament begins Feb 24. Dundee, fourth seed in C2, will play 13th seed Red Jacket.

B1 fifth seed Penn Yan will play Pal-Mac Feb. 27 in their opening game.

Dundee 67 Marcus Whitman 48

In a battle of Finger Lakes West foes Feb. 14, the Dundee Scots once again proved to be up to the challenge. The Whitman Wildcats entering this game, hoped to draw even with the Scots in the standings, but Dundee didn’t agree with this notion. The second place Scotsmen defeated the third place Marcus Whitman 67-48. Dundee improves their record to 14-3 while the Wildcats fall to 12-4.

Cole Hartman led Dundee with 17 points. Jarrett Butler added 13 points and Bobby Strait 11. The Scotsmen play their final two regular season game this week. They are home to Romulus on Tuesday with the regular season finale scheduled against Honeoye on the road on Thursday evening.

Dundee 70 Red Jacket 60

The Scots continued their winning ways on Wednesday evening in Dundee. The Scotsmen rolled over Red Jacket 70-60 to improve their overall record to 13-3. They are 11-2 in the Finger Lakes West, two games behind undefeated Naples.

The big Dundee victory over Red Jacket was keyed by a brilliant scoring performance by Tyler Kelly. The Dundee sharpshooter scored 30 points to lead the Scots. He set a school record making eight 3-pointers. Jarrett Butler added 11 points.

Newark 70 Penn Yan 58

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team traveled to Newark Feb. 13 with hopes of upsetting the undefeated Reds. The Newark cagers defeated Penn Yan earlier in a tough match in Penn Yan. The Orange and Blue played the Wayne County hardwood powerhouse team tough, but in the end, Newark emerged victorious once again, 70-58. The win dropped Penn Yan’s record to 10-8, with one game remaining against Wayne at home Feb. 17.

Austin Fingar topped the Mustang’s scoring ledger with 14 points. Ben Covert added 10 points.

Pal-Mac 59 Penn Yan 52

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball squad dropped a tough 59-52 decision to Pal-Mac Feb. 10 in Penn Yan. The Mustangs grabbed a 22-21 lead at the half, but the Red Raiders slowly pulled away in the second half.

The Covert boys led the Mustangs in scoring in Tuesday’s loss to Pal-Mac. Ben Covert notched 19 points while brother Jake added 15. Austin Fingar tallied 9 points.