Area teams prepare for sectional tournaments

Rob Maeske
Senior recognition night for the Dundee boys basketball team was held last week. Senior Cody Salamendra is greeted by his mother Carmela and father Joe. Grand parents Joyce and Ben Vedder.

Sectionals in a variety of Section V sports were held over the weekend as area basketball teams work through the final games of regular season with an eye on the upcoming sectional tournaments.

In basketball, the Whitman girls are eyeing the Finger Lakes West title with a 10-1 record in their division and one game to go.

Girls’ basketball

M. Whitman 50 Dundee 37

Two local teams with close records met Feb. 11 in Dundee. The Whitman Wildcats walked away with the win, knocking their record up to 13-5 for the season, while the Lady Scots dropped to 11-7. Maddie Ryan led Whitman’s charge, scoring 21 points and grabbing 8 rebounds and Ari Beverly had a stellar performance with 18 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Also for Whitman, Emily Paddock scored 7 points and 5 rebounds and Katie Deatherage aided her team with 4 points, 6 assists, 10 rebounds and 5 steals. For the Scots, Mackenzie Strait scored 15 points and snagged 3 steals, Kendall Parker scored 9 points and 3 steals, Makenzie Cratsley scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals and Anna Bratlie added 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Dundee plays Romulus Feb. 17. Dundee, seeded #6 in the C2 sectional bracket, will play Alexander (#11) Feb. 26..

M. Whitman 66 Bloomfield 18

The Lady Wildcats took a commanding win over Bloomfield Feb. 13, raising their record to 14-5 and setting them up for their season finale against Red Jacket for the Finger Lakes West title. Whitman was ahead by 15 points by the end of the first period and led by 27 at the half, returning after halftime to lock up the win. For the Wildcats, Maddie Ryan took the lead with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Emily Paddock scored 15 points and grabbed 5 steals and Ari Beverly greatly aided the team with 12 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 8 steals. Evelyn Lambert added 7 points and 6 steals, while Katie Deatherage scored 7 points, 9 rebounds and snagged 3 steals of her own. Whitman’s defense was on full display and a vital factor in the team’s victory. Whitman sits at 10-1 in the FL West and now goes head to head with Red Jacket Feb. 19 for the season title. The #5 seed, they start sectional play Feb. 26 against Addison (#12)

Penn Yan 59 Wayne 30

The Lady Mustangs won out over Wayne on Feb. 14, bringing their record to 13-6 for the season. For Penn Yan, Sierra Harrison scored 13 points, Joddie Decker scored 10 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, Kaley Griffin scored 9 points with 6 rebounds, Jenna Curbeau scored 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals and Ashley Sisson added 8 points and 4 rebounds. Penn Yan’s final game this season will be against Pal-Mac Feb. 19. With the #3 seed, the Mustangs will start sectional action Feb. 28 against either LeRoy or Attica.

Boys’ basketball

Marcus Whitman 79 Hornell 59

The Wildcats snagged a big win from Hornell, raising their record to 13-5 Feb. 12. For Whitman, Jordan Lahue scored 30 points including 10 3-pointers, with 6 of those sinking in the first quarter. Also for the Wildcats, Liam Prendergast scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, Noah Hildreth scored 8 points and 8 assists and Seth Benedict added 11 points.

The boys sectional brackets are not available yet.

Dundee 65 Naples 36

The Dundee boys picked up a win against Naples Feb. 13, bringing their record up to 8-11. For the Scots, Cody Salamendra scored 20 points with 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Steven Webster scored 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Josh Cramer added 8 points and 5 rebounds. Dundee’s last game of the season will be Feb. 18 against HAC.

Wayne 69 Penn Yan 49

Wayne beat out Penn Yan on Valentine’s Day, clinching the Finger Lakes East title for the third year in a row. For Penn Yan., David DeSorbo scored 11 points, Devon Gerhardt scored 8 points, Brennan Prather scored 7 points and Kyle Berna scored 6 points. The JV boys won their game earlier in the night. Penn Yan’s final game this season will be at home Feb. 18 against Pal-Mac.

Marcus Whitman 51 Wellsville 42

The Wildcats defeated Wellsville on Saturday, bringing their record to 14-5 for the season. Though Wellsville led through the first half, Whitman held their opponents to only 14 points in the second half, outpacing Wellsville and claiming the win. For the Wildcats, Seth Benedict scored 12 points, Noah Hildreth scored 11 points and Liam Prendergast scored 9 points. Whitman’s season finale will be at home against Northstar Academy Feb. 18.