High school sports roundup; PY girls upset #4 Mynderse 41-36

Gary Pinneo The Chronicle-Express
Penn Yan’s # 33 Emalee Rose Brockman is in the thick of it against the Geneva Zone.

With the season rapidly drawing to a close, the Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball team is playing their best basketball of the season. The soaring Mustangs scored their second straight Finger Lakes East win on Monday evening in Seneca Falls. The Penn Yan five defeated the #4 ranked Mynderse Blue Devils 41-36. With the latest league win, Penn Yan improves to 3-10. They are 6-14 overall. They conclude their regular season slate on Wednesday night in Geneva against the always tough Panther girl’s team.

Penn Yan’s impressive, upset win on Monday was led once again by the talented Sydney Bloom. She scored 12 points. Hannah Keech and Emalee Brockman scored 7 points each. Keech also dished out 5 assists. The Mustang trio of Lizzy Lafferty, Cassidy Prather, and Emily Wunder chipped in 5 points each. Prather also pulled down 10 rebounds.

Boy’s Basketball

Dundee and Marcus Whitman Pick Up Big Wins

The four way race for the Finger Lakes West boy’s basketball championship continued on Wednesday evening. Naples, Bloomfield, Dundee, and Marcus Whitman entered the evening with just 1 game separating the teams as the season moves toward its final week. Dundee, Marcus Whitman, and Naples scored big wins on Wednesday night, while Bloomfield suffered the lone set back. Naples holds a 1 game lead with Dundee, Marcus Whitman, and Bloomfield in a virtual tie for second place just behind the Big Green. Dundee and Naples will square off in a huge game in Dundee on Friday night. Dundee edged the Big Green in an earlier game this season. Naples can take total control of the Finger Lakes West title with a win on Friday. A Dundee win will bunch things up even more. It should be an interesting evening of roundball in the Finger Lakes on Friday night and the Dundee High School gym will be right in the center of it.

Dundee 74

Romulus 55

The Dundee Scot boys basketball team traveled to Romulus on Wednesday evening to take on the Warriors from Romulus. Every game is a must win situation for the Scotsmen if they wish to bring home another Finger Lakes West title. And the Dundee five were up to this task on Wednesday. The Scots easily defeated the struggling Warriors 74-55. The win sets up the big meeting with Naples in Dundee on Friday night.

Once again the Dundee offense was keyed by a big performance from Bobby Strait. He scored 18 points to lead the Scots. Ryan Sprague added 17 points. Talon Wright helped the Scotsmen control the backboards. He pulled down 13 rebounds in the game.

Marcus Whitman 65

Bloomfield 48

In a big game that had a major impact on the Finger Lakes West boy’s basketball championship race, Marcus Whitman defeated Bloomfield at home 65-48 on Wednesday night. The win keeps the Wildcats in the race for the league title and knocked the Bloomfield Bombers out a tie for the top spot with Naples. The big win for Whitman tightened the race for the championship with one week left in the regular season.

The huge Wildcat win was sparked by Brad Stone. He scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the Whitman scoring ledger. Teammate Jon Donovan added 10 points and dished out 6 assists in the contest. With the season heading towards its conclusion, Naples has 4 losses in the league. Dundee, Marcus Whitman, and Bloomfield have 5 losses.

The 2015–16 High School basketball regular season roars toward its conclusion with both the Finger Lakes East and West crowns still up for grabs. The Section V tournament begins its run on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Dundee and Marcus Whitman entered Friday’s matchups with Finger Lakes West title hopes still alive. The Penn Yan Mustangs, eliminated from a Finger Lakes East crown, still looked to enhance their season resume for the upcoming Section V tourney and possibly secure a home game in the first round. There was much to be gained by all three local teams as the final week of the regular season commenced.

The Marcus Whitman Wildcats continued their winning ways. They defeated HAC 72-63 to remain just 1/2 game behind first place Naples in the FL West race. Penn Yan and Dundee were not as fortunate. The Mustangs dropped a narrow 45-44 decision to Pal/Mac on the road. Dundee fell to the Big Green of Naples at home, 56-41. The Scotsmen were eliminated from the FL West title race with the loss. Naples can clinch the championship next week with a win.

Naples 56

Dundee 41

This game had all of the buildup of a heavy weight boxing match. Two teams facing off with a championship on the line. But unfortunately for the hometown Scots, the evening belonged totally to the Big Green machine from Naples. In a very tentative first quarter, Dundee moved out to a 11-9 lead after the first 8 minutes. But that would be the only highlight for the Scots this night. Naples outscored their hosts 33-13 in the second and third quarters to cruise to a convincing 56-41 win. The loss squelched any hope of Dundee capturing a Finger Lakes West title. The Scots fall to 11-4 in the league and 12-6 overall. Naples improved their FL West record to 12-2 and are 14-4 overall.

Ryan Sprague and Talon Wright led the Dundee offense with 10 points each. Devin Jensen added 7 points. Naples held Dundee’s top scorer Bobby Strait to just 6 points.

Marcus Whitman 77

HAC 63

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat boy’s team kept their outside chance at a Finger Lakes West title alive with a big 77-63 win over the Wolves of HAC in Brighton on Friday evening. Whitman built up a 42-23 lead at the half and held off a second half run by the Wolves to gain the win. The victory gives the Wildcats a 12-3 record in the Finger Lakes West. Naples still holds down the top spot with a 12-2 record. The Marcus Whitman Wildcats are winning at the right time of the year and seem to be ready to make a solid run in the upcoming Section V tournament.

Brad Stone once again led the Wildcat scoring ledger. He scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Burlin Allen and Jon Donovan tossed 15 points each for the Wildcats.

Penn Yan 45

Pal/Mac 44

With any chance at a Finger Lakes East title gone, the Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team set their sights on securing a top 4 seed in the upcoming Section V tournament. The top 4 teams earn a home game in the first round. One of the teams they need to beat to gain this ranking is the Pal/Mac Red Raiders. As fate would have it, the two teams squared off on Friday night in Palmyra in a late regular season game. More than bragging rights was on the line in this contest. In a closely fought game, the Mustangs clung to a narrow 35-33 lead after 3 quarters. But the hometown Raiders outscored their Orange and Blue guests 12-9 in the final 8 minutes to walk off with a 45-44 win. The win keeps Pal/Mac in front of Penn Yan in 4th place in the Section V tournament race with just one week remaining. The Red Raiders are 12-7 overall. The Mustangs fall to 6-6 in the Finger Lakes East and 11-7 overall with 2 games remaining. They will host Mynderse and Dundee next week in the regular season finale.

Geneva 55

Penn Yan 52

With the Finger Lakes East regular season drawing to a rapid close, every game is very important for the Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team. To make a legitimate run in the upcoming Section V tournament, the higher seed earned increases your chance of success. The Mustangs traveled to Geneva on Tuesday night to take on a struggling Panther team and the odds players would have thought this would be another Orange and Blue win. But they would have been wrong. In a chippy and physical game that featured numerous missed shots and turnovers, Geneva jumped out early to a lead and held on to defeat Penn Yan 55-52. 

The Mustangs led in this contest only once, 7-6 in the first quarter. The Panthers led by as much as 11 points. The Mustangs cut the Geneva margin to just 1 point with 47 seconds to play. But the Panther counter one more time to pull out the 3 point victory.

Dylan Stape was the top Penn Yan scorer with 15 points. Desmond Battin added 12 points. He was 10 for 10 at the charity stripe. Cade Curbeau notched 10 points for the Mustangs.

Penn Yan drops to 11-6 on the season with the loss. They will travel to Palmyra on Friday evening to take on Pal/Mac in a critical Finger Lakes East matchup that will have a huge impact on the B1 Section V tournament and possible home court advantage in the upcoming opening round of the tournament. The Orange and Blue cagers hope to quickly get back on the winning track.

Girl’s Basketball

Geneva 59

Penn Yan 37

The Geneva Panthers girl’s basketball team kept their hopes for a Finger Lakes East title alive with a 59-37 win over the Penn Yan Mustang girls on Wednesday night in Penn Yan. The Panthers trail first place Wayne by one game with the final week of the regular season approaching. On Wednesday night, Geneva jumped out quickly to a 32-11 lead at the half and cruised to the 22 point win over Penn Yan. The win improved Geneva ‘s league mark to 9-2. They are 10-7 overall. Penn Yan falls to 1-10 in league play and 4-13 overall. Sydney Bloom was Penn Yan’s top scorer with 20 points. Hannah Keech scored 9 points. She recorded three 3-pointers in the game.

Penn Yan 52

Pal/Mac 48

It was “Senior Night” at Penn Yan Academy as the Mustang girl’s basketball team played their final home game of the 2015–16 basketball season. It would prove to be a successful evening for the hometown girls. Penn Yan trailing 40-36 going into the final stanza, went on a 16-8 run in the final 8 minutes to walk off with a 52-48 win. Sydney Bloom enjoyed a huge scoring night to lead the Mustang’s scoring ledger. She tallied 21 points including four 3-pointers. Hannah Keech added 15 points. She converted 5 of 6 from the charity stripe in several key situations. Senior Annie White was superb in her final career home game. She guided the Penn Yan offense from the point and added some very effective defense. White also hauled down 7 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

The win improved Penn Yan’s season record to 5-13. they are 2-10 in the Finger Lakes East.

Marcus Whitman 49

Red Creek 45

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat girl’s basketball team dropped a 49-45 decision to Red Creek on Saturday in Red Creek. Ellie Nemitz scored 17 points to top the MW scoring ledger. Victoria Shively added 6 points. Whitman falls to 1-15 on the season with the loss.

Bradford/Dundee Split Games in the Steuben County Tournament

The Bradford/Dundee girl’s basketball team won one and lost one game in the Steuben County tournament which opened last week. On Tuesday night the Braves dropped a 52-48 decision to Addison in the tourney opener for both teams. Bradford/Dundee trailed by 15 points at the half but made a spirited run in the second half. They outscored Addison 16-4 in the 3rd quarter to pull with in 3 points. But this would be as close as they would get in this contest. Dundee’s Tayler Morrison led the scoring attack for the Braves. She notched 24 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Paige Easling added 12 points and 6 rebounds in this game.

Bradford/Dundee 43

Alfred-Almond 23

The Bradford/Dundee girls rebounded back in their second game of the tournament. They defeated Alfred-Almond 43-23. This game was very close through 3 quarters with the Braves holding a narrow 25-23 lead. The Bradford/Dundee girls used a swarming defense and up-tempo offense in the final stanza to waltz away with the 20 points win. They outscored Alfred-Almond 18-0 in the final 8 minutes. Tayler Morrison led the scoring ledger for the Braves with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Allison Wagner added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Paige Easling notched 7 points and also pulled down 3 rebounds.

HAC 50

Marcus Whitman 24

The HAC Wolves girl’s basketball team defeated Marcus Whitman on Thursday evening in Rushville by a 50-24 count. The Whitman girls remain winless in the Finger Lakes West. Ellie Nemitz led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 21 points. Dani Bagley, Victoria Shively, and Cameron James scored 4 points each for the Wildcats.

Penn Yan 52

Pal/Mac 48

The Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball team hosted the Red Raiders from Pal/Mac on Friday night in their final home game of the season. The Mustang girls finished their home schedule on a high note. The Orange and Blue girls defeated their Palmyra guests 52-48. The win was Penn Yan’s second in the Finger Lakes East League. They are 5-14 overall. They will finish their regular season schedule next week with games on the road against Mynderse and Geneva.

Bradford/Dundee 47

Jasper-Troupsburg 38

The Bradford/Dundee Brave girl’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season schedule on Monday night with a 47-38 win over Jasper-Troupsburg. The win improved their season record to 8-11. Their next game will next Wednesday night (2/17) in the first round of the C-2 Sectional Tournament. Their opponent will be determined at the end of this week.

Keying the season finale win for the Braves was Dundee’s Tayler Morrison. She scored 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Brittany Rinker added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Paige Easling contributed 6 points and 8 rebounds to the winning effort.

Cheerleading

The Finger Lakes League Winter season cheerleading championship was held at Penn Yan Academy this past weekend. The Penn Yan Mustang team finished in 5th place in the Finger Lakes East competition. In the Finger Lakes West, Marcus Whitman scored a 3rd place finish.