Winter sports archive: February 2016

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Lot of stuff here, and a long post. Please enjoy the recaps of this past February’s sports contests in Chenango County.

FEB 18-28

By Patrick Newell

It is common speak to state that this kid or that kid deserved to win. In Jack Buell’s case, he really deserved to win, and indeed he did.
The Sherburne-Earlville senior wrestling capped his high school career and a 41-1 season record capturing the 195-pound New York State Division 2 title Saturday night at The Times Union Center.
Buell headed up Chenango County’s contingent of wrestlers that included third-place finishes from B-G/A/H’s Chris Cirigliano and Norwich’s Eli Rodriguez, while Tornado sophomore Ty Rifanburg placed fifth.
Buell defeated Sandy Creek’s Joe Benedict in the finals in what was a rematch of the Section III finals two weeks ago.
Unlike the sectional final in which Buell dominated and eventually pinned Benedict, the Marauders grappler took the early lead, and continued to push forward against Benedict.
Benedict avoided any serious predicaments, but failed to get any offense going as Buell cruised to a 3-1 victory.
“We had a game plan, and Jack executed it to perfection,” said S-E head coach Bim Palmer.
While Sherburne-Earlville was a powerhouse wrestling program through the 1970s and most of the 1980s, the storied program had gone 47 years between state titles.
Jerry Seifert won the last S-E state title winning in 1969, and Rich Koenig (1965) had the school’s only other state title in the current tournament format.
Buell had one close match early in the tournament taking a 7-5 victory in the quarterfinals. It was his closest matchup since the Eastern States Classic six weeks ago where he suffered his only defeat of the season.
Of course, Buell avenged that defeat to a Virginia-based wrestler, and he completed his season unbeaten against New York competition.
“Going unbeaten this year wasn’t my goal,” Buell said matter-of-factly. “Of course you want to win every match, but my goal was to win the state title.”
Buell overcame serious knee injuries that robbed him of most of his ninth- and tenth-grade years. He hopes his story will provide some inspiration for the next generation of Sherburne-Earlville wrestlers.
“My time off the mat gave me a lot of time to think,” Buell said. “There were two options:  I could have quit (after the injuries) or put everything I had into it.”
Fortunately, Buell chose the latter option.
“Jack is a very caring, hard-working all-American kid. That’s who he is,” Palmer said. “He’s a heck of a role model for the younger kids, and the district is fortunate to have him.”
Cirigliano, the number one seed at 113 pounds, lost in the semifinals – his first loss to a New York wrestler this season.
The four-time Section IV champion bounced back as he has many times in this tournament wrestling back for his third third-place finish.
Norwich’s Rodriguez and Rifanburg won their opening matches, but each suffered two-point defeats in the quarterfinals.
To their credit, the first-time state tournament competitors battled back from early tournament defeats to finish among the best in the state.
“Their losses in the quarterfinals really could have gone either way,” said Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch. “Being their first time in this tournament, they showed a lot of composure wrestling back to place.”

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Moravia 50, Greene 41
MORAVIA – Greene started and ended its 2015-2016 basketball season with a loss to Moravia
Moravia finished the game on a 15-5 run turning back Greene’s challenge in Tuesday night’s Class C playoff game.
Moravia scored 14 of its 18 points in the final quarter from the free throw line, and was led by Gabe Short’s 22-point night.
Moravia scored half of its 50 points from the foul line, and had 38 attempts from the charity stripe to Greene’s 11.
“There was a little disparity in fouls,” said Greene coach Chris Rice. “But we did hold a three-point shooting team to only one in the game. Luke Erickson played great defense on their point guard Lyon (Jared), but the big kid (Short) was tough.”
Moravia was coming off a win over Unadilla Valley when it nailed 13 three-pointer. On this night, the only three came at a critical time – the fourth quarter – when Jordan Cosgrove hit a trifecta during Moravia’s closing run.
Joe Miranda had 11 points for Greene (18-5), which shot just 31 percent from the field.
“It was a tough loss and we had the lead late,” Rice said. ” But our shooting was not that great.”
Greene (18-5) shot 31 percent from the field on the night.
Greene: Dalton Brower, 1 0-0-2; Jordy Harrington, 2 2-4-7; Coy Austin, 1 0-0-3; Luke Day, 3 2-2-8; Josh Harrington, 0; Luke Erickson, 2 0-0-5; Mitchell Walters, 0 2-2-2; Breven Gilmore, 1 0-0-3; Joe Miranda, 5 1-3-11. Totals: 15 8-11-41.
Moravia: M. Hayes-Ryan, 0 Joey Pedde, 0; Zach Becker, 0; Gabe Short, 6 10-12-22; Jordan Cosgrove, 3 1-2-8; Jared Lyon, 0 9-12-9; Ridge Walker, 0 1-2-1; Parker Dickenson, 3 4-10-10. Totals: 12 25-38-50.
Gr.      10    6   11  14–41
Mor     15   6   11   18–50
Three-point goals: (G) Jo. Harrington, Austin, Gilmore, (M) Cosgrove.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Moravia 57, Greene 35
MORAVIA – A five-minute scoreless stretch to end the first half put Greene in a sizable hole as Moravia ended the Trojans’ season Saturday night in Class C sectional play.
Alyssa Sands completed a three-point play for Greene drawing her team to within 15-12 of the Blue Devils with 5:10 to play in the opening half.
Marissa Hirgston made a free throw for Moravia 20 seconds later, and after a stop on defense, Hannah Bennink drained the first of her three trifectas kick-starting the Moravia spurt.
“Moravia is a very good team, they defend well, and they hit some shots tonight,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “They did play very well against us, but when you give up 19 free throw attempts in the first three quarters and only shoot one, you have to be a little disappointed.”
Hirgston, a three-time all-star in her league, heated up in the second half scoring 15 of her game-high 18 points as the Blue Devils pulled away.
Greene guard Alyssa Sands was ultra efficient making 6 of 8 shots and finishing with a team-high 14 points.
“I was pleased that we didn’t stop playing even when we were down,” Gorton said. “We gave up some shots late in the shot clock that allowed the lead to balloon a little bit.”
Greene finishes the season with a 15-7 record.
Greene (15-7):  McKenna Sergi, 1 0-0-2; Sophie Brown, 0; Emily Montelione, 1 0-0-2; Mary Klecha, 0; Nicole Flohr, 3 0-0-7; Mary Borchardt, 0 1-2-1; Audrey Platta, 0; Alyssa Sands, 6 1-1-14; Katie Carey, 1 3-4-5; Emma Smith, 2 0-0-4; Maria Brown, 0. Totals:  14 5-7-35.
Moravia:  Allie Genson, 3 2-3-9; Sierra Lyon 3 0-1-6; Russell, 0; Horner, 0; Mik. Withers, 1 0-0-3; Miranda Withers, 0; Melanie Powers, 0; Marissa Hirgston, 7 4-7-18; Hannah Bennink, 4 1-2-12;  Zoe Barrington, 3 3-6-9; Katie Mahunik, 0. Totals: 21 10-19-57.
Greene     9   3    13  10–35
Morav.    12  18   16  11–57
Three-point goals: (G) Sands, Flohr. (M) Bennink 3, Mik. Witners, Genson.

Watkins Glen 42, Bainbridge-Guilford 31
WATKINS GLEN – Watkins Glen’s man-to-man defense smothered the Bainbridge-Guilford offense for three quarters as the Senecas ousted the Bobcats from postseason play Saturday night.
Amanda Pike, the Senecas’ all-league player scored nine of her 13 points in the middle two periods helping her club build a 26-15 lead.
The Bobcats’ 15-point output through three quarters represented their lowest production of the season, and it primarily due to the opposing team’s defensive effort.
“Defensively, they were definitely the best team we’ve seen,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “They played straight man, and they were very physical. Really, the game came down to their physicality, and it was overwhelming for us because we are so small and young.”
B-G (17-5) was led by Abi Selfridge and Becca Reyes scored 11 and 10 points respectively to lead their club.
The Bobcats can gain some solace from the fact that they repeated as MAC league champions, and the entire starting lineup returns next season.
“We’re still a very young team and to accomplish what they did…they had an outstanding season, and the kids should be very proud of themselves,” Conway said.
B-G (17-5):  Abbi Miller, 0; Abi Selfridge, 1 9-10-11; Molly O’Hara, 0; Jillian Cannistra, 0; Erica Selfridge, 0; Kori Thornton, 1 2-2-4; Becca Reyes, 4 0-1-10;  Megan Palmatier, 2 2-4-6. Totals: 8 13-17-31.
WG:  Allison Teed, 2 3-4-7; Hannah Morse, 0; H. Elliott, 0; Clara Chedzoy, 4 0-0-8; Mariah Gonzalez, 4 0-0-8; Amanda Pike, 5 2-2-13; Emilia Bond, 0; Katherine Meehan, 3 0-0-6;.  Totals:  18 5-6-42.
B-G       6   5   4  16–31
WG      8   9    9  16–42
Three-point goals: (WG) Pike, (BG) Reyes 2.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 42, Watkins Glen 39
GREENE – Greene advanced to the Section IV semifinals for the first time in over 20 years holding off upset-minded Watkins Glen Friday night.
Jordy Harrington and Mitchell Walters hit big free throws in the final 30 seconds, and a Walters offensive rebound off a missed Harrington free throw helped Greene (18-4) run down the clock.
Watkins Glen had a last-shot from halfcourt to tie the game that was off the mark.
“We played great defense in this game, but we didn’t play great offense like our last game,” said Greene coach Chris Rice. “Our bigs stepped it up big time in the third and fourth quarters.”
Joe Miranda and Walters controlled the glass pulling down 11 and eight rebounds.
Luke Erickson, too, supplied a complete offensive and defensive performance scoring a team-high 11 points, while also holding Watkins Glen’s all-IAC performer Justin Kelly to just one point.
“It was probably one of Luke’s best all-around games this season,” Rice said.
The Trojans will move on to play at Moravia on Tuesday. Moravia handed the Trojans their most lopsided loss of the season.
“It’s a good thing that we played them and we know what to expect,” Rice said. “We’ll have to play a great offensive and defensive game.”
Watkins Glen:  Connor Seeley-Ian, 0; Justin Kelly, 0 1-2-1; Jacob Corocci, 8 0-0-19; Parker Pangallo, 4 0-0-9; Michael Doan, 0; Mike taylor, 2 0-0-4; Max Schimizzi, 2 2-2-6; Daniel Paradise, 0. Totals:  16 3-4-39.
Greene: Dalton Brower, 0; Jordy Harrington, 2 2-3-7; Coy Austin, 0; Luke Day, 3 2-3-9; Josh Harrington, 0; Luke Erickson, 4 0-0-11; Mitchell Walters, 3 1-2-7; Breven Gilmore, 0; Joe Miranda, 4 0-0-8. Totals:  16 5-8-42.
WGlen   14  6   8   11–39
Greene  13  9  10  10–42
Three-point goals:  (WG) Pangallo, Carocci 3. (G) Erickson 3, J. Harrington, Day.

Moravia 73, Unadilla Valley 45
MORAVIA — Moravia pumped in three-pointers at a dizzying pace burying UV from the start in Friday’s sectional playoff victory.
“They made 13 three-pointers and 13 two-pointers,” said UV coach Matt Osborne. “That’s something I have never seen before.”
Joey Peppe made seven threes in the game for Moravia, four in the first half staking his club to a 16-point halftime lead.
Jared Lyon added 15 points including three threes himself.
“They shot lights out in both halves,” Osborne said. “We switched defenses and tried everything we could, but they couldn’t miss.”
Brett Hanslmaier had 11 points for the Storm, and Ethan Grey finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Andrew Jackson also scored nine for the Storm.
“We lose a great group of seniors who have been leaders on and off the court,” Osborne said.
UV: Andrew Jackson 4 1-1-9; Ryan Postma, 3 0-0-7;  Geoff Keach, 1 0-0-3; Dante Dye, 0; Ethan Grey, 4 0-3-9; Tyler Simmons, 1 3-3-5; Brett Hanslmaier, 5 1-3-11; Marcus Granger, 0 1-2-1; Mason Mikalunas, 0. Totals:  18 6-12-45.
Moravia:  Madison Hares-Ryan, 1 0-0-3; Joey Peppe, 7 3-5-24 Carter flick, 1 0-0-2; Zach Stanton, 0; Jordan Crossgrove, 5 1-1-13; Kaleb Stayton, 0; Jared Lyon, 5 2-2-15; Ridge Walker, 1 0-0-2;  Gabe Short, 6 1-2-13. Totals: 26 8-12-73.
UV      9  10  16  10–45
Mor.  21  15  17  20–73
Three-point goals: (M) Peppe 7, Lyon 3, Crossgrove 2, Ryan. (UV) Postma, Keach, Grey.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Watkins Glen 56, Unadilla Valley 28
WATKINS GLEN – Watkins Glen buried Unadilla Valley in the opening half, and extended the lead to an insurmountable 31 points after three quarters in Wednesday’s Section IV playoff victory.
Amanda Pike led a balanced Senecas lineup with 16 points, and Allison Teed scored nine for the number four seed in the tournament.
“We were totally blown off the court in the first half,” said UV coach Brandi Whitbeck, whose club trailed 27-8 at the break. “We played better in the second half, but they are hands-down the best team we have seen all year.”
Shelby Meade scored nine points to lead UV (10-10).
UV:  S. Badger, 1 1-2-4; Julia Oglesby, 2 2-2-6; H. Lakin, 1 0-2-2; G. DelSontro, 0; Shelby Meade, 2 5-8-9; K. Fairchild, 1 2-8-4; E Anderson, 0; M. Williams, 1 0-2-2; B. Brown, 0 1-2-1; S. Nogaret, 0; S. Bard, 0. Totals: 8  11-26-28.
WG: Allison Teed, 3 2-2-9; H. Morse, 1 0-0-2; M Bond, 1 0-0-2; H. Elliott, 1 0-0-2; C. Chedzoy, 1 0-0-2; Amanda Pike, 5 3-4-16; Lam, 1 0-0-2; Emilia Bond, 4  0-0-8; K. Meehan, 1 0-0-2;  Mariah Gonzalez, 4 0-0-8; M. Ayers, 2 0-0-4. Totals:  24 5-6-56.
UV  3   5   7   13–28
WG  13 14 19 10-56
Three-point goals: (U) Badger, (WG) Pike.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 74, Groton 56
GREENE – Greene certainly did not rest on its laurels in Wednesday’s opening-round sectional playoff game.
In fact, the Trojans have bigger designs.
“It’s a different team this year, and these boys are ready to make a statement,” said Greene coach Chris Rice.
How about a 28-10 first a quarter as a definitive decree to upcoming opponents?
High scorer Jordan Harrington cranked up the three ball early nailing four threes in the first eight minutes, and teammates Luke Erickson and Coy Austin hit three balls as well as the Trojans showed no early nerves.
“It was probably the best first quarter we’ve had,” Rice said. “We couldn’t miss. We started the game we wanted, we pushed the pace, and scored in transition. We didn’t give them a chance to catch up.”
Harrington scored a game-high 27 points, Luke Day added 16 — 10 of those in the fourth — and Erickson finished with 14.
The Trojans also finished with 11 threes for the game, another season-high, Rice said.
The Trojans (17-4) meet Watkins Glen on Friday.
Groton:  Canan Bowie, 5 7-10-19; Mike Perkins, 1 0-0-2; Paul Brecht, 3 3-6-12; N. Ossit, 0; S. Yeager, 0; T. Banfield, 4 5-6-16; C. Case, 0; A. Ferris, 3 1-2-7. Totals: 16 16-26-56.
Greene:  Dalton Brower, 1 0-0-2; Jordy Harrington, 10 3-5-27; Coy Austin, 3 0-0-9; Luke Day, 6 2-2-16; Ben Kinney, 0; David Borchardt, 0; Josh Harrington, 2 0-0-4; Luke Erickson, 5 2-2-14; Breven Gilmore, 0; Chris Klecha, 0; Joe Miranda, 1 0-2-2; Nate Erickson, 0; Ryan Smith, 0. Totals: 28 7-12-74.
Grot.      10  11  17  18–56
Greene  28  11  16  19–74
Three-point goals: (Greene) Harrington 4, Austin 3, Day 2, Erickson 2, (Gro) Bowie 2, Brecht 3, Banfield 3.

Unadilla Valley 48, Thomas Edison 32
NEW BERLIN – Two staples of UV’s success this season – defense and balanced scoring — were instrumental in the Storm’s first-round Class C playoff win over visiting Thomas Edison Wednesday.
Andrew Jackson scored 12 points to go with six rebounds and four steals leading UV’s offense. Ethan Grey and Tyler Simmons netted 11 apiece, and Brett Hanslmaer added eight.
The Storm limited the Indians to just a dozen points in the first half to create a 15-point halftime lead.
“We played outstanding defense in the first half and took the ball to the basket,” said Storm coach Matt Osborne in describing the first-half dynamic. “They changed defenses against us in the second half, but we continued to share the ball and scoring throughout.”
Grey added a team-high eight rebounds, and the UV collective totaled 13 steals. The Storm play at Moravia Friday.
Groton: Nick Egan, 0; Nate Chorney, 3 4-4-10; Houghtaling, 0 1-2-1; Bennett, 0; Harman 1 1-2-4; Chris Becker, 5 4-4-14; Garrison, 0 1-2-1; Pinchard, 1 0-2-2. Totals:  10 11-16-32
UV:  Andrew Jackson 5 1-1-12; Ryan Postma, 3 0-0-6; Derick Schwab, 0; Geoff Keach, 0; Dante Dye, 0; Ethan Grey, 5 1-4-11; Tyler Simmons, 5 0-0-11; Brett Hanslmaier, 3 2-4-8; Marcus Granger, 0; Mason Mikalunas, 0. Totals: 21 4-9-48.
TE          7   5   10   10–32
UV      14  13  10  11–48
Three-point goals: (TE)Harman, (UV) Jackson, Simmons.

Skaneateles 64, Sherburne-Earlville 48
SHERBURNE – What worked well in the third quarter failed badly in the fourth quarter.
Skaneateles shot the Marauders out of their triangle-and-two defense in the final stanza, but by that time, the game was well in hand for the visitors in Wednesday’s Section III playoff win over the Marauders.
Skaneateles took control in the second quarter outscoring S-E 18-4 to take a 10-point lead into the locker room. The Marauders turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, and were limited to four free throws in the quarter.
That turnaround prompted S-E coach Kevin Vibbard to change up his defense.
“We were getting beat to the basket and didn’t match up well with their athleticism,” Vibbard said. “We didn’t think we could play a straight zone, so we tried the triangle-and-two. The zone got us back into the game, but then they got hot.”
Justin McClanahan had four threes in the final quarter including three straight early in the fourth to help open a double-digit lead.
The Marauders held a decisive inside advantage with forwards Gavin Giroux and Sam Tuttle scoring 18 and 12 points respectively in the loss. Unfortunately, those inside opportunities did not come frequently enough in crunch time.
“We definitely had the advantage inside, and when we got shots, we got quality ones,” Vibbard said. “We just had too many turnovers in the second and fourth quarters.”
S-E finishes the season with a 15-7 record.
Skaneateles; Sam Duggan, 6 1-2-13; M. Pietropaoli, 2 0-0-4; Zach Blair, 2 0-0-4; Pete Knupp, 5 7-7-19; Jake Reed, 3 2-2-9; Justin McClanahan, 5 0-0-15; Adam Leverich, 0. Totals: 23 10-11-64.
S-E:  Tyler Rodriguez, 0; Tyler Bigford, 0; Matt Hull, 1 5-6-7; Dylan Seymour, 0 4-4-4; Ian Fleming, 3 0-0-7; Gavin Giroux, 8 2-3-18; Sam Tuttle, 6 0-2-12. Totals:  18 11-15-48.
Sk.      15 18  11  20-64.
S-E      21   4   16   7-48
Three-point goals: (SE) Fleming, (Sk) McClanahan 5, Knupp 2, Reed

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 47, Candor 29
GREENE – Greene shook off some uncharacteristic first-half play to advance to the second round of the Class C tournament on Wednesday night.
Katie Carey and McKenna Sergi scored the Trojans’ first 22 points, and combined for 36 of Greene’s output.
Still, it wasn’t until the midway point of the third quarter that Greene assumed control.
“We were real nervous at the beginning of the game, and I was surprised it took as long as it did to shake the nerves off,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton.
What ensued over the final two quarters was the type of superlative play that will be critical to future playoff games.
“We only had three turnovers in the second half, and we had 12 offensive rebounds,” Gorton said. “We had a great second half, and I thought we wore them down a little bit. Kids came off the bench and did a lot of little things like a rebound here and blocked shot there. It was a very strong team effort.”
Carey finished with 21 points and Sergi added 14.
The Trojans play at number two seed Moravia on Saturday. Moravia has just one loss the entire season.
“We’re not playing the record, we’re playing the team,” Gorton said. “If you play defense and rebound like we did night, you have a chance against anybody.”
Candor:  Martone, 0; Washburn, 1 0-0-2; M. Short, 1 4-6-6; Doane, 1 0-0-2; Jensen, 0; L. Dougherty, 0 2-2-2; S. Rose, 4 3-4-12; H. Hatton, 0; E. Potter, 1 0-0-2; M.Cotton, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 9 9-12-29.
Greene:  McKenna Sergi, 5 2-4-14; S. Brown, 0; A. Sands, 1 0-0-2; E. Montelione, 0; M. Klecha, 0; N. Flohr, 0; M. Borchardt, 2 0-0-4; Audrey Platta, 0 0-2-0; Katie Carey, 6 6-8-21; Emma Smith, 2 0-0-4; M. Brown, 1 0-0-2. Totals:  17 8-14-47.
Candor   11   8   7    3–29
Greene   6   10  16 15–47
Three-point goals:   (Ca) S. Rose M. Short. (G) Sergi 2, Carey 3.

Bainbridge-Guilford 65, Unatego 48
BAINBRIDGE – Bainbridge-Guilford started fast, and after a second-quarter lull, poured it on in the third quarter to defeat Unatego for the third time this season in Wednesday’s sectional playoff game.
Jillian Cannistra had three treys in the first quarter and Becca Reyes nailed two three balls as well sparking the Bobcats as they created a 19-8 lead.
Unatego drew to within seven late in the third when B-G sophomore Megan Palmatier restored some of her team’s momentum draining a long three at the first-half buzzer.
“Unatego’s offense did a nice job tonight, and I thought we got a little rattled in the second quarter,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “We let them get back in it, so we needed to be more organized.”
Some words at intermission directed toward freshman Abi Selfridge also sunk in.

Selfridge scored 20 of her game-high 25 points after the break, and she added 10 rebounds and six assists in a well-rounded performance.
“With Cannistra and Reyes scoring early, (Abi) didn’t look to score,” Conway said. “I spoke to her about being more offensive-minded, and she took it to heart.”
B-G used Selfridge in the low post to take advantage of a mismatch.  The B-G plebe had 12 in third allowing her club to stretch its lead back to 18 points.
Cannistra completed her night with 14 points, and Palmatier scored an even dozen.
B-G plays at number three seed Watkins Glen on Saturday.
Unatego:  C. Frazier, 0; Carey, 0; B. Faulkner, 1 0-0-2; Meg Faulkner, 7 3-4-17; S. Pikaard, 2 0-0-6; Emily Slawson, 1 0-0-2; Hezel Haehnel, 8 1-1-17; Walker, 0; Mariah Sullivan, 2 0-0-4. Totals:  21 4-5-48.
B-G:  Jenna Nordberg 0; Abbi Miller, 1 0-0-2; Abi Selfridge, 10 4-4-25; Molly O’Hara, 0; Jillian Cannistra, 5 0-0-14; Erica Selfridge, 1 1-2-4; Kendra Ceresha, 0; Becca Reyes, 2 0-0-6; Kori Thornton, 1 0-0-2; Megan Palmatier, 5 1-2-12. Totals:  25 6-8-65.
Un.   8   11  11   18–48
B-G  19  10  19  17–65
Three-point goals: (BG) Cannistra 4, Reyes 2, A. Selfridge, E. Selfridge, Palmatier; (U) Pikaard 2.

Bishop Ludden 74, Sherburne-Earlville 52
SYRACUSE – It’s never a good sign when your opponent’s third leading scorer pours in 36 points.
Laura Patulski benefited from the attention S-E’s defense paid toward Bishop Ludden standout Danielle Rauch finishing with a what was likely a career night in Wednesday’s Section III playoff game.
“We knew we couldn’t match them man-to-man, and we focused a lot on Rauch,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan. “We kept pace with them in the first half, but (Patulski) could not miss in the second half.”
What was a five-point game at the half turned into a 24-point spread after three quarters as Bishop Ludden outscored the Marauders 28-9 during that eight-minute period.
Patulski had 10 of her points in the third, and Rauch also got loose for 10 in the quarter as Ludden finished the third on a 16-2 run.
Savannah Irwin led the Marauders with 23 points, and her five threes in the game gave her a team-record 65 for the season.
Lilly Berg added 15 for S-E (16-6) in the loss.
Berg finishes with a team-record 1,341 career points, and Irwin is number two on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,140 including 211 career threes.
S-E:  Morgan Simpson, 0 0-2-0; Miranda Wright, 1 2-4-4; Lexi Elderkin, 1 0-2-3; Kaitlyn Furner, 1 0-0-2; Savannah Irwin, 6 6-8-23; Emily Stanton, 0; Shay Franlin, 0; Crystal Beckwith, 0; McKenzie Holmes, 3 0-0-6; Lilly Berg, 5 4-7-14; Madison Mullenax, 0. Totals:  17 12-23-52.
BL:  Sierotnik 1 0-0-2; Danielle Rauch, 6 4-5-17; S. Hayes, 5 2-2-12; Laura Patulski, 16 3-4-36; Huddleston, 1 0-0-2; K. Leo, 1 0-0-2; A. Diegard, 0; C. O’Kane, 0. Totals: 31 10-13-74.
S-E      16  10   9   17–52
BL        13  18  28  15-74
Three-point goals: (SE) Irwin 5, Elderkin. (BL) Rauch, Patulski.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Sidney 41, Oxford 33
SIDNEY – For 3 1/2 quarters, Oxford was in position to pull off the upset before slumping down the stretch in Tuesday’s Section IV Class playoff loss at Sidney.
“The last time (we played them), we were behind the whole game,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis. “Tonight, we were ahead almost the whole game. It was close, but it wasn’t the storybook ending to the season.”
Ethan Finch led the Sidney fourth-quarter turnaround scoring nine of his team’s first 10 points in the final quarter. Finch hit two free throws with 3:33 remaining giving the Warriors their first lead of the stanza.
Oxford regrouped one more time when Kevin Davis knocked down a three at the 2:34 mark pushing his team back in front, 32-31.
Collin Karl answered for Sidney, which took the lead for good 29 seconds later. Alex Hoskins and Zak Green added key throws down the stretch for Sidney.
“The last four minutes, we missed shots, missed front ends of one-and-ones, and we turned it over,” Tim Davis said, noting his team needed to play 32 solid minutes instead of 28.
Kevin Davis scored 16 to lead Oxford, which finishes with a 11-10 record.
Finch 9 of his team’s first 10 points in the fourth quqrter two free throws with 3:33 left gave Sidney its first lead of the fourth quarter.
Oxford:  D. Maricle, 0; J. Davis, 2 1-2-5; J. Nelson, 2 0-0-4; R. Camadine, 0; Trenton Lyons, 4 0-0-9; Nick Neer, 0; Kevin Davis, 6 2-4-16. Totals:  14 3-6-33.
Sidney:  D Backus, 1 0-0-3; S. Smith, 1 1-2-3;  Zak Green, 0 2-2-2; Ethan Finch, 5 2-3-13; T. Dutton, 2 0-0-4; Alex Hoskins, 3 2-2-8; Kyle Smith, 1 1-3-3; Collin Karl, 2 0-2-4. Totals:  15 8-14-41.
Oxf.    8    8   9   8–33
Sid.     7   6   8 20–41
Three-point goals:  (Ox) K. Davis 2. (S) Finch, Backus, Dutton.

FEB. 7-15

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

ITHACA – Consistency paid off for a trio of Norwich throwers.
At the Section IV Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier this past weekend, Norwich seniors Thomas Reilly,  David Bernstein, and Katelyn Shaver earned trips to the state meet next month.
Reilly and Bernstein, who have dominated the shot put and weight throw competitions in Section IV this season, each claimed a first place in their showcase events.
The two also placed second to the other in both events as well.
Reilly won the shot with a toss of 51 feet, 5 inches. Reilly has topped the 50-foot mark in each of his past three competitions, and is among the top 16 in the state based on season-long throws.
“He’s throwing well, and I think he still has a little more in him,” said Norwich head coach Shaun Horan.  “He’s gone farther in practice, and he’s really clicking with his training.”
Bernstein, the Section IV record holder in the weight throw, claimed a first with a recorded distance of 57 feet, 2 inches. Bernstein has found a home in the upper 50-foot distance, and he has 60-foot-plus throws in him having reached those marks in practice as well.
“David has really been focused on the weight throw, and he and Thomas train every day together,” Horan said. “They have three weeks to train to try to get as much out of themselves (in preparation for the state meet) as they can.”
Shaver, meanwhile, was second overall in the shot tossing it 35 feet, 9 inches. Shaver punched her ticket to the state meet earlier this season when she met the minimum state standard, Horan said.
“Katelyn goes against that girl from Binghamton (who won the shot) all the time, and that girl is number two all-time in the state in the indoor shot put,” Horan said. “Katelyn’s been a solid number two all season, and getting beat by her (Alexis Daniels) is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Elsewhere, Ben Ericksen lowered his own school-record mark in the 3,200 meters placing fifth with a time of 10:09.18. Hannah Klockowski was sixth for the Tornado girls in the 55-meter hurdles timing 9.88 seconds.

WRESTLING

BINGHAMTON – A handful of Chenango County wrestlers captured Section IV Division II wrestling titles Saturday evening at Floyd L. Maines Arena.
And the number of local entrants in the state tourney in two weeks could grow substantially once the wild card entries are released.
Leading the way was B-G/A/H’s Chris Cirigliano. Cirigliano captured his fourth straight Section IV crown. The Bears, second in team scoring, also saw Austin Carr (160) win his first individual title.
Norwich, which placed third in team scoring behind Deposit-Hancock and B-G/A/H, saw Ty Rifanburg finish on top of the podium for the first time.
Oxford’s Garyn Huntley repeated in the 220-pound division, and Greene’s Braxton Howell claimed his first title in the 195-pound class.
“Not to be greedy, yet to be greedy, we had three (sectional titles), and we antipated getting a fourth,” said B-G/A/H head coach Brandon MacNaught of Cirigliano. Cirigliano has two third-place finishes in prior state tournament appearances. “Now it’s not about getting on the podium (at states). We’ve done that twice. There is only one goal this, and that’s been the goal since day one.”
Cirigliano (113) cruised through the tournament finishing each of his matches inside the distance. He finished off the title with a pin of Groton’s Garrett Lockwood in 2:31.
Carr continued his strong junior campaign picking up a 5-0 shutout in the finals to punch his ticket to Albany for the first time.
“He’s had an outstanding season for us,” MacNaught said.  “I never worry about Austin’s ability. Our job was the keep that clarity  and take the same approach to every tournament.”
Ty Rifanburg joined his older brother Tristan in the championship ranks. After place finishes in the tournament the past three years, Rifanburg was clearly a cut above all of his competition taking the 126-pound division.
Rifanburg defeated Delhi-Walton’s Mike Bryden 7-1 in the finals – his second win over Bryden this season.
“He controlled the whole match and pretty much dominated the whole tournament,” said Norwich coach Bob Hagenbuch in assessing Rifanburg. “He got on top and rode him out the rest of the match.”
Norwich, too, had nine wrestlers place in the tournament, one more than last year’s sectional championship team.
“We set our goals so high, and for most teams what did this year would have been a great season,” Hagenbuch said. “We fell short of a couple of goals, but overall, we’re satisfied with the season.”
Huntley missed the majority of this season, and he has been wrestling through an injury in the brief time he has spent on the mat.
Despite the travails, Huntley will make a second trip to the state tournament topping B-G/A/H’s Dylan Mondore by decision.
“Give credit to Mondore, he came right at Garyn and tried to push his conditioning,” said Oxford coach Craig Tefft. “Garyn battled through and came out on top.”
Greene will send its first sectional champion to the state tourney in two seasons. Howell rolled to victory with an early third-period pin of Candor’s Devin Hills.
The New York State Tournament is slated for Feb. 26, 27 at the Times Union Arena in Albany.
Results
Division II Team scores: Deposit-Hancock, 201. 5; B-G/A/H, 183.5; Norwich, 149; Tioga, 112; Walton-Delhi, 85; Oxford 90; Maine-Endwell, 86; Watkins Glen, 81.5; Greene, 78; Chenango Valley, 76. Also:  Unadilla Valley (17th), 48.5.
Local Place Finishers
First place:  (113)  Chris Cirigliano (B) pinned Garrett Lockwood (Grot), 2:31. (126) Ty Rifanburg (Nor) dec. Mike Bryden (WD), 7-1. (160) Austin Carr (B) dec. Shvunte Searcy (Mar), 5-0. (195) Braxton Howell (Greene) pinned Devin Hills (Cand), 4:07. (220) Garyn Huntley (Oxf) dec. Dylan Mondore (B), 8-2.
Second place:  (99) Eli Rodriguez (N); (152) Madison Hoover (B); (182) Garett Sylstra (Ox); (220) Dylan Mondore (B); (285) Kordell Huntley (Ox).
Third place:  (120) Dalen Geislinger (N). (132) Ryan Castle (Gr); (138) Ben Bivar (B); (145) Cole Rifanburg (N); (152) Nate Banks (Gr); (195) Mitchell Weist (B)
Fourth place:  (99) Brody Oleksak (B); (106) Austin Eggleston (B); (126) Caleb Simons (UV); (132) Zach Mills, (N); (145) Shane Hoover (B); (220) Kurtis Wilson (UV).
Fifth place:  (99) Mikey Squires (N); (106) Nick Glanville (N); (170) Brennan Slater (N); (182) Jake Franklin (N).
Sixth place: (113) Morgan Lakin, UV.

B-G GIRLS REPEAT

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Bainbridge-Guilford 40, Delhi 24
ONEONTA – History repeated itself for Bainbridge-Guilford in more than one way.
In a rematch of last year’s MAC title tilt, the Bobcats returned to the top of the league pulling away from Delhi Saturday afternoon at Hartwick College.
Also like last year, B-G avenged an early-season defeat to the Bulldogs only to return the favor in the league’s most important game.
“We lost the first league game of the season at their place, and we really didn’t play that well,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “(In this game), we really game in with a game plan, and executed it extremely well.”
The game plan was working on defense, but not so much on the offensive end.
B-G opened the game 0 of 10 from the field in the first quarter, and was limited to just two free throws.
Still, dependable defense had B-G within 14-12 at the break keyed by sophomore Molly O’Hara’s three buckets in a reserve role.
“Her shooting really changed everything for us, and this a big game for Molly,” Conway said.
Becca Reyes hit a three for B-G with just over five minutes in the third lifting B-G to a 21-16 lead. After Kayla Spangenberg closed the margin to three with 2:40 left in the third, B-G’s Kori Thornton answered back in a big way less than 20 seconds later.
Thornton nailed a deep three – her only bucket of the game – pushing the lead back to six. Thornton’s 3 kick-started a 19-4 B-G run over the next eight minutes.
“I think Becca’s first three settled everybody down,” Conway said.  “With Kori, I think people forget about her. After her basket, from there we controlled the rest of the game.”
Delhi’s athletic lineup and deep bench struggled for consistent offense, and had just one basket in the fourth quarter and seven total buckets in the game.
That is a brand of defense certain of a championship caliber. And the defense was a zone, something that Conway has typically avoided in the past.
“They (Delhi’s players) love to drive to the basket, and we just tried to contain the dribble drive,” Conway said. “We set back in the zone, and worked really hard on rebounding.”
Megan Palmatier scored 11 points to lead B-G (16-4), Abi Selfridge scored 10, and Reyes added eight points.
B-G has won 14 of 15 games since a 2-3 start.  The Bobcats host Unatego Wednesday in the first round of the Section IV playoffs.
“We have the potential for five or six players to score, so that will make us tough to defend for teams that haven’t seen us play,” Conway said.
B-G: Jenna Nordberg, 0; Abbit Miller, 0; Abi Selfridge, 2 6-8-10; Molly O’Hara, 3 0-0-6; Jillian Cannistra, 1 0-0-2; Erica Selfridge, 0; Becca Reyes, 3 0-0-8; Kori Thornton, 1 0-0-3; Megan Palmatier, 3 5-7-11. Totals: 13  11-15-40.
Del:  Meg McAteer, 0; Logan Bruce, 1 5-8-7;  Morgan Ehrhart, ; N. Wakin, 1 0-0-2; Kaitlyn Finch, 0 1-2-1; A Post, 1 0-0-2; K. Heavey, 0; A.Sackett, 1 2-2-5; B. Gioffe, 0; H. Morley, 0; K. Spangenberg, 3 0-0-6; Alisa Harrigan, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 7 9-14-24.
B-G    2  10  13  15-40
Del.    6   8     5   6–24
Three-point goals:  (D) Sackett.  (BG) Reyes 2, Thornton.

GREENE CAPTURES FIRST LEAGUE TITLE SINCE 1964

ONEONTA – It’s been a long time since members of a Greene boys’ basketball team hoisted a league championship trophy.
How long?
Most of parents of this year’s team members weren’t even born yet when the Trojans won the Susquenango Association title in 1964.
Like it has done all season, Greene raised its overall game in the second half. Led by senior Jordy Harrington’s second-half torrent of points, the Trojans (16-4) surged past Sidney Saturday afternoon at Hartwick College, 51-45.
Harrington had just one point in the first half, but relentlessly attacked the rim with dribble penetration shredding the Warriors’ defense for 17 second-half points to finish with 18 .
Luke Day added 15 for Greene, nine of those coming in the first half when not much was going right on offense.
“The second half was how we’ve played all season,” said Greene first-year coach Chris Rice. “Down six wasn’t frightening, and the first half was probably one of our worst first halves all season. We played right into Sidney’s game plan.”
Sheer force of will by Harrington turned things around. That combined by the fearsome rim protection of forwards Joey Miranda and Mitchell Walters had Sidney winging shots astray whenever players ventured into the paint.
Rice also credited the defense of sophomore reserve Coy Austin, who contributed big minutes in the second half despite not scoring.
“It was nerve-wracking because we weren’t getting the points in transition that we normally get,” Rice said. “Knowing this team, they never let something like that keep them down.”
Walters and Miranda had back-to-back buckets midway through the third quarter to push Greene in front, and Harrington scored six of his team’s last eight points of the third quarter as a six-point shortfall at the break turned into a five-point lead, 36-31, heading to the fourth.
Harrington had eight more in the fourth, and the two Lukes — Day and Erickson  — combined to shoot 5 of 6 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win.
“The original plan this season was to win the MAC championship,” Rice said. “Basketball is a tough sport, and to see the hard work they put in to become successful. That’s really cool.”
Greene moves on to the Section IV tournament Tuesday when it hosts Groton.
Sidney:  Steven Smith, 0 0-1-9; Trevor Dutton, 2 0-0-6; Alex Hoskins, 2 3-4-8; Kyle Smith, 2 4-4-9; Zak Green, 2 1-2-5; Ethan Finch, 3 1-2-7; Collin Karl 2 6-10-10. Totals: 13 15-23-45.
Greene:  Dalton Brower, 0; Jordy Harrington, 8 2-3-18; Coy Austin, 0; Luke Day, 5 3-4-15; Dave Borchardt, 0; Luke Erickson, 1 3-4-5; Mitchell Walters, 2 1-2-5; Breven Gilmore, 0; Joe Miranda, 4 0-1-8. Totals:  20 9-14-51.
Sidn.     8   15     8  14–45
Gre.      6    11  19  15–51
Three-point goals:  (S) Hoskins, Smith, Dutton 2. (G) Day 2.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Sherburne-Earlville 59, South Jefferson 51
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville senior Gavin Giroux reminded head coach Kevin Vibbard that a postseason victory does not have to look pretty.
“He told me, ‘coach, it’s survive and advance,'” Vibbard said of Giroux’s comment.
Locked in a nip-and-tuck game with South Jefferson Saturday afternoon, the Marauders held South Jeff scoreless the final 5 1/2 minutes ripping off a 10-0 run to move on in the Section III Class B playoffs.
Matt Hull tied the game at 51 with 2:22 to play, and Giroux scored the go-ahead bucket 51 seconds later.
Over the final 50 seconds, Hull made four free throws and Dylan Seymour tacked on two more with two seconds left to cap the victory.
Hull led with 16 points, Giroux scored 15, and Seymour added 13.
“This is Matt’s second year as our point guard, and he really showed his leadership at the end of the game,” Vibbard said.
South Jefferson entered the game as a low seed, but did not resemble an underdog in the least pushing S-E for nearly four quarters.
“We had no common opponents, and they play in a league in Watertown where they play a lot of A schools,” Vibbard said. “Their record is a bit deceiving, and you never know what is going to happen in sectionals.”
What has happened, of late, is S-E moving on in the playoffs.
“It was definitely nice to advance, and our goal is to get back to (Onondaga Community College) like we have the past couple of years,” Vibbard said.
S-E hosts Skaneateles on Tuesday.
S.J.: Matt McLean, 2 0-0-6; Andy Estal, 0; Alec Sherdon, 3 2-2-8; Bryce Berie, 4 5-5-13; Caleb Riordan, 6 2-4-17; Mitchell Scoville, 2 0-0-4; Jon Worden, 1 0-0-3. Totals: 18 9-11-51.
S-E:  Tyler Rodriguez, 0 0-2-0; Tyler Bigford, 2 2-4-6; Matt Hull, 5 6-8-16; Dylan Seymour, 5 2-2-13; Ian Fleming, 2 1-3-5; Gavin Giroux, 7 1-1-15; Sam Tuttle, 2 0-2-4. Totals:  23 12-20-59.
S.J.   11    14   9   17–51
S-E   15   11   17   16–59
Three-point goals: (D) McLean 2, Riordan 3, Worden. (SE) Seymour

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sherburne-Earlville 45, Cazenovia 36
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville put the clamps on the Cazenovia offense holding the Lakers scoreless the final 5 1/2 minutes to advance in the Section III Class B playoffs on Friday night.
Lexi Elderkin had three three-pointers in the second half for S-E, and her final one with 1:27 remaining to sew up the win.
“We kept getting stops, and we were able to put the ball in the basket,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan, who also lauded her team’s defense. “They don’t make a lot of threes, so we wanted to pack it in on defense and stop dribble penetration. We did a good job following that game plan.”
S-E senior Lilly Berg had 11 of her 15 points in the first half staking her club to a three-point halftime lead.
Savannah Irwin netted seven in the third, and Elderkin nailed two of her three balls to stay a step ahead of Caz.
Irwin finished with 11 points. The Marauders play at Bishop Ludden Tuesday.
Cazenovia:  Howard, 0; J. Britton, 1 0-0-2; Lawson, 0; Cunningham, 0; Maliga, 0; Coner, 5 0-0-12; West, 0; J. Joseph, 1 0-0-2; Ackerman, 3 0-0-8;  D. Tedesco, 5 2-3-12. Totals:  15 2-3-36.
S-E:  Morgan Simpson, 0; Miranda Wright, 3 2-5-8; Lexi Elderkin, 3 0-0-9; K. Furner, 1 0-0-3; Savannah Irwin, 5 0-0-11; Emily Stanton, 0; Lilly Berg, 5 5-6-15. Totals:  17 7-11-45.
Caz.      7   9   18  2–36
S-E      10  9   17  9–45
Three-point goals: (Ca) Conner 2, Ackerman 2. (SE) Elderkin 3, Irwin.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Unadilla Valley 51, Delhi 49
DELHI — Unadilla Valley beat the teams it was supposed to beat this season, and now it has that elusive victory over a favored opponent.
The Storm, losers to Delhi during the regular season, jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, and held on for the two-point win Thursday in the MAC third-place matchup.
Brett Hanslmaier made two free throws for UV (9-4, 13-7) with 30 seconds left giving his club a three-point lead.
Nate Craft was fouled by the Storm on the other end of the floor with 2.4 seconds remaining. Craft made the first free throw making it 51-49, and intentionally missed the second.
UV senior Ethan Grey grabbed the rebound off the missed charity toss, and he dribbled out the clock to clinch the win.
“We played a great first quarter, and then we hung on for the win,” said UV coach Matt Osborne.
Hanslmaier was an integral part of UV’s 21-4 first quarter scoring eight points. Hanslmaier had 12 by halftime, and finished with a game-high 19 points.
Andrew Jackson and Ryan Postma added 10 points apiece for UV, which hosts Thomas Edison Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the first round of the Section IV playoffs.
Unadilla Valley:  Andrew Jackson 3 3-3-10; Ryan Postma, 3 4-6-10; Geoff Keach, 0; Dante Dye, 0 1-3-1; Ethan Grey, 2 1-2-5; Tyler Simmons, 1 0-0-2; Brett Hanslmaier, 8 3-5-19; Marcus Granger, 0 0-2-0; Mason Mikalunas, 2 0-1-4. Totals: 19 12-20-51.
Delhi:  Justin Simonds, 3 0-2-6; Ben Branigan, 1 0-0-2; Conor Aikens, 0 0-2-0; Quine McKeegan, 0; Max Hulbert, 1 4-5-6; Conor Gioffe, 5 2-4-13; Nate Craft, 1 2-3-4; Cody Brewster, 5 2-4-14; Rich Craft, 2 0-1-4. Totals: 18 10-21-49.
UV      21     7   8   15–51
Del.       4   14   11  20–49
Three-point goals: (D) Gioffe, Brewster 2, (UV) Jackson

Deposit 33, Oxford 31
OXFORD – Oxford found its offense a tad too late.
The Blackhawks closed a nine-point deficit to start the fourth to two points. Oxford had an opportunity to tie the game from the foul line with no time on the clock, but misfired on the first attempt to close out the game.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Oxford (11-9) had just 18 points on the board, and despite a decent final period of offense, shot just 12 of 51 (23.5 percent) from the field.
“It is really cold outside, and I think the frigid temperatures led to some ice-cold shooting,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.
Jade Wank scored what proved to be the winning basket giving Deposit a 33-28 lead with under two minutes to play.
Kevin Davis answered for Oxford a minute later nailing a three — his fourth of the game — cutting the margin to two points.
Oxford fouled on the other end hoping for a missed free throw, and Deposit obliged missing the front end of the one-and-one.
That missed Deposit free throw set up a final sequence that led to Oxford free throws with no time on the clock
Kevin Davis led Oxford with 16 points. The Blackhawks play at Sidney on Tuesday.
Deposit:  Paul Anderson, 1 1-4-3; Ronnie Ballard, 4 0-1-8; T. Curtis, 2 0-0-4; Jordan Winans, 1 0-1-2; Cardew, 1 0-0-3; David Schaeffer, 3 0-0-6; Gavin Santamaria, 1 0-0-3; Jade Wank, 2 0-0-4; Tyler Shirkey, 0. Totals:  15 1-7-33.
Oxford:  Jason Davis, 0; Josh Nelson, 0 0-2-0; Rece Camadine, 2 0-0-4; Trenton Lyons, 2 1-2-5; Steven Ehly, 0; Nick Neer, 3 0-1-6; Kevin Davis, 5 2-4-16. Totals: 12 3-9-31.
Dep.   4  10  13   6–33
Oxf.    6     3    9  13–31
Three-point goals: (O) K. Davis 4,(D)  Cardew, Santamaria

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 37, Sidney 27
GREENE – Greene bounced back from two tough losses last week capturing the third-place game in the MAC Tournament Wednesday night.
The Trojans surrendered just 15 points through the first three quarters, and four of those points game on buzzer-beating shots.
“We played very well defensively and had few breakdowns all night,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton.
Greene also stepped up the offense with its best offensive quarter over the final eight minutes. Katie Carey and Emma Smith scored early the quarter to spark the Trojans’ offense.
Carey finished with 14 points and Smith had 10.
“Once we got a couple of baskets early in the quarter, we seemed to have a lot more offensive flow,” Gorton said.
Greene (14-6) will enter the Section IV Tournament next week on the strength of back-to-back victories, and will likely host a first-round playoff game.
“It was nice to get our confidence back,” Gorton said. “We played a little tentative and nervous last week against Delhi and Bainbridge-Guilford, but we played very well both nights this week.”
Carey added a team-high 12 rebounds, and Nicole Flohr pulled down a season-best 10 boards.
Sidney:  M. Gravelin, 0; K. Gravel, 1 0-0-2; Jenna McDonald, 5 0-0-10; C. Pierce, 1 0-0-2; A. Bernard, 2 2-3-6; C. Decker, 0; T. Howard, 0; J. Krom, 2 0-0-5; H. Newell, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 12 2-3-27.
Greene:  M. Sergi, 1 2-2-4; S. Brown, 0; A. Sands, 1 1-2-3; A. Platta, 0;  E. Montelione, 1 0-0-2; M. Klecha, 0; N. Flohr, 1 1-2-4; M. Borchardt, 0; Katie Carey, 3 7-10-14; Emma Smith, 5 0-0-10; M. Brown, 0. Totals: 12 11-16-37.
Sid        6   7    2   12–27
Gr,      9    7    4   17–37
Three-point goals: (G) Carey, (S) Krom.

Unatego 42, Unadilla Valley 33
OTEGO – Unatego raced to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, and held off UV for fifth place in the MAC Tournament Wednesday.
Hazel Haehnel scored 19 points for the Spartans, six of those in the first quarter when the host team built a 16-4 lead.
UV clawed back into the game with strong second and third quarters closing to within 31-28.
“Defensively we played well, we just dug ourselves too big of a hole,” said UV coach Brandi Backus.
Julia Oglesby had her second straight double-double. Oglesby finished with 13 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.
UV travels to Watkins Glen next Wednesday in the first round of the Section IV Class C playoffs.
UV : Sierra Badger, 3 0-0-7; Julia Oglesby, 4 5-10-13; Hunter Lakin, 2 0-0-4; Shelby Meade, 1 2-4-4; G. DelSontro, 0; Abbie Oglesby, 1 2-2-4; Kayleigh Fairchild, 0 1-2-1; Brooke Brown, 0; E. Anderson, 0. Totals: 11 10-18-33.
Unatego:  Frazier, 0; Carey, 0; B. Faulkner, 1 3-6-5; M. Faulkner, 1 0-0-2; Slawson, 2 0-0-4; S. Pickaard, 0; Hazel Haehnel, 9 1-4-19; Barber, 1 1-2-3; Sullivan, 3 3-3-9. Totals:  17 8-15-42.
UV   4   11  13  5–33
Una.   16    8   7   11-42
Three-point goals: (UV) Sierra Badger 1.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 50, Unadilla Valley 47
GREENE – The Midstate Athletic Conference’s leading three-point shooter this season made his most significant trey of the season Tuesday night.
Jordan Harrington nailed a 3 from behind the arc in the final minute to seal the Trojans’ MAC playoff semifinal victory over upstart Unadilla Valley.
The win sends Greene (15-4) into the finals against Sidney, which topped Delhi tonight in the other semifinal.
“There is a banner on our gym wall from 1964 when we won the Susquenango title,” said Greene coach Chris Rice. “It’s been 52 years, and we haven’t won a league title or a sectional title.”
Now the Trojans are on the cusp of an elusive championship, and Harrington along with senior Luke Day played huge roles on the offensive side.
Harrington set up shop in his comfort zone, Rice said, and good ball movement allowed Harrington to set his feet for a clean release.
“The moment it left his hands, you knew (that shot) was in,” Rice said.
Ryan Postma kept UV in the hunt with 20 points, and he made 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter and 13 of 16 for the game.
Brett Hanslmaier had 14 for the Storm, 12 of those coming in the first half.
“Postma was lights out tonight,” Rice said. “We beat on him and beat on him, and he kept coming back.”
Day missed a lot of time in January recovering from an injury, but he is clearly at full strength in the most critical juncture of the season.
Day scored a team-high 19 points, 10 coming in the third quarter when he nailed a pair of threes to help his club maintain a four-point lead.
Harrington made four threes in the game and finished with 14 points.
The Trojans meet Sidney Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hartwick College. In the regular season meeting, Harrington hit a late three in a 39-36 Greene win.
“That was just our second league game of the season,” Rice said. “It should be interesting; both teams have improved tremendously.”
UV:  Drew Jackson, 3 0-0-7; Ryan Postma, 3 13-16-20; Geoff Keach, 0; Dante Dye, 1 0-0-3; Ethan Grey, 1 0-0-2; Tyler Simmons, 0 1-2-1; Brett Hanslmaier, 5 4-5-14; Marcus Granger, 0; Mason Mikalunas, 0. Totals: 13 18-23-47.
Greene: Dalton Brower, 2 0-2-4; Jord. Harrington, 4 2-4-14; Coy Austin, 1 1-2-4; Luke Day, 8 1-2-19;  Josh Harrington, 0; Luke Erickson, 2 1-2-5; Mitch Walters, 0; Breven Gilmore, 2 0-0-4; Joey Miranda, 0 0-6-0. Totals:  19 5-18-50.
UV    10   19   10   8–47
Gr.    14    15  14    7–50
Three-point goals:  (UV) Jackson, Postma, Dye, (Gr) Jord Harrington 4, Day 2, Austin.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Oxford 59, Bainbridge-Guilford 33
OXFORD – Kevin Davis had a triple-double, and Trenton Lyons finished with a career-high in points leading the Blackhawks past Bainbridge-Guilford in the MAC mini-tournament Tuesday.
Davis finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals.  Lyons scored eight points in the opening quarter to kick-start a 19-point evening. Lyons also played lock-down defense on B-G’s top scorer, Trevor Halaquist.
“We got down early in  the first quarter, then we picked up the defense and intensity, and were able to create offense out of our defense,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis.
Davis only had one point in the opening quarter before catching fire in the second quarter scoring 11 as the Blackhawks extended their lead to 18 points at halftime.
Sean Jones led B-G with 15 points and Halaquist had 10.
Oxford hosts Deposit on Thursday.
B-G:  Trevor Halaquist, 4 0-0-10; Decker, 0; T. Ouimet, 1 0-0-2; Capalupo, 0; Rowe, 0; T. Johnson, 0; Alex DeGroat, 2 2-4-6; Sean Jones, 6 0-0-15. Totals:  13 2-4-33.
Oxford: Damon Maricle, 1 0-0-3; Jason Davis, 3 0-0-8; Josh Nelson, 0; Rece Camadine, 1 0-0-2; Trenton Lyons, 9 1-2-19; Steven Ehly, 0; Nick neer, 1 0-0-2; Kevin Davis, 7 11-17-25. Totals:  22 12-19-59.
B-G     8    4   15    6–33
Oxf.   12  18   11  18–59
Three-point goals: (O) J. Davis 2, Maricle, (BG) Halaquist 2, Jones 3.

Cazenovia 63, Sherburne-Earlville 50
CAZENOVIA – Cazenovia played like a team that had everything to lose.
Needing a victory to clinch a Section III postseason berth, the Lakers outplayed Sherburne-Earlville over the final two quarters to pull away for the 13-point victory Tuesday night.
Jacob Schaffner scored 22 points in the win, nine coming in the decisive final period.
“We just lost our legs in the fourth quarter and we couldn’t get any stops,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard.
Ian Fleming and Gavin Giroux had strong offensive nights for the Marauders. Fleming had 18 points and Giroux 16. All but five of those combined points came over the first three periods.

The Marauders host a Section III playoff game Friday against an opponent to be determined after Wednesday’s sectional seeding meeting.
S-E: Tyler Rodriguez, 1 2-2-4; Tyler Bigford, 0 1-2-1; Keegan Fredricks, 0; Matt Hull, 3 5-7-11; Dylan Seymour, 0; Ian Fleming, 6 1-2-18; Jared Jillson, 0; Ian Fredricks, 0; Gavin Giroux, 5 6-11-16; Sam Tuttle, 0. Totals: 15 15-23-50.
Cazenovia:  Regan, 1 0-0-2; Jacob Schaffner, 7 7-7-22; Hansen, 0; Thomas Bragg, 7 2-2-17; N. Nash, 2 0-0-5; Cunningham, 0; Daniel Kent, 4 0-0-9; Kowaleski, 0; Liam Johnson, 3 2-2-8. Totals:  24 11-11-64.
S-E    8    14   14   14–50
Caz.  15   11  17   20–63
Three-point goals:  (SE) Ian Fleming 5. (Ca) Schaffner, Bragg, Noah, Kent.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Cooperstown 66, Sherburne-Earlville 36
COOPERSTOWN – Liz Millea was in the zone for the state’s number one ranked Class C girls’ basketball team.
Millea, who averages over 22 a game, had 26 points in the first half after a torrid stretch of shooting leading the Hawkeyes to a 30-point win over Sherburne-Earlville Tuesday.
Millea scored 17 in the second quarter alone — including four of her seven 3s in the game — leading her club to a 20-point halftime.
“We couldn’t stop Millea, she was just unbelievable,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan. “When she’s shooting like that, it makes for a long night.”
It was just the fifth loss this season for the Marauders (15-5) with two of those coming to the Hawkeyes.
S-E senior center Lilly Berg had a team-high 17 points in the loss.
The Marauders will host a Section III playoff game Friday against an undetermined team.
S-E:  Morgan Simpson, 1 0-0-2; Miranda Wright, 3 0-0-6; Lexi Elderkin, 0; Kaitlyn Furner, 1 0-0-2; Savannah Irwin, 2 0-2-5; Emily Stanton, 1 0-0-2; Shay Franklin, 1 0-0-2; Lilly Berg, 6 5-7-17; Madison Mullenax, 0. Totals:  15 5-9-36.
Coop:  Julie Ford, 7 0-2-14; Papaux, 0; Murdock, 0; Scheuerman, 1 0-0-2; Liz Millea, 12 3-4-34;M. Perrino, 1 0-0-2; Cring, 0; Noto, 1 0-0-2; Jenn Flynn, 2 2-2-7; C. McGoldrick, 2 0-0-4; Arthuis, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 26 6-10-66.
S-E       7   13     5   11–36
Coop:  17   26   11   12–66
Three-point goals:  (SE) Irwin, (Co) Millea 7, Flynn.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Sherburne-Earlville 53, Canastota 48
CANASTOTA – Sherburne-Earlville avenged an early-season loss to Canastota, and in the process gained additional playoff-type experience as it heads toward this weekend’s Section III Class B postseason opener.
The Marauders were 10 of 14 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, and Sam Tuttle’s two free throws with 13 seconds remaining just about sealed the victory.
Matt Hull was 5 of 6 from the charity stripe in the last stanza, while Ian Fleming came up with two threes in the second half. Fleming’s bucket with 59 seconds remaining proved to be winning points.
“If you make your foul shots in tight games, you usually end up winning,” said S-E coach Kevin Vibbard. “The foul shots definitely helped us.”
Hull had a team-high 17 points for Sherburne-Earlville (14-5), Fleming scored nine of his 14 in the second half, and Gavin Giroux also had 14 points.
“We had some early foul trouble that we had to get through, and other kids stepped up and made plays,” Vibbard said. “We play at Cazenovia tomorrow night (Tuesday), and they have to win to make sectionals. It’ll be a playoff game for them and a playoff-type atmosphere. It’s what we need heading into sectionals on Friday.”
S-E:  Tyler Rodriguez, 1 0-0-2; Tyler Bigford, 0; Keegan Fredricks, 0; Matt Hull, 4 9-10-17; Dylan Seymour, 1 2-2-4; Ian Fleming, 5 1-2-14; Ian Fredricks, 0; Gavin Giroux, 5 4-4-14; Sam Tuttle, 0 2-4-2. Totals: 16 18-22-53.
Canastota:  Chris Bigas, 0; Cellamare, 0; Edgren Brooks, 5 3-5-13; Jeff Marsh, 1 0-0-2; Jacob Purdy, 5 2-5-12; Z. Martin, 5 0-0-12; D. Fox, 0; S. Evans, 0; Ed Brooks, 2 5-8-9. Totals:  18 10-18-48
S-E      14   8  14   17–53
Can     11   9  14   14–48
Three-point goals:  (SE) Fleming 3, (Ca) Martin 2.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Greene 37, Windsor 25
WINDSOR — Greene eighth-grader Emma Smith ignited the offense early, and the Trojans dominated the offensive and defensive glass in Monday’s non-league victory at Windsor.
Smith had six of her team’s first eight points keying a 13-2 start.
“She made some strong moves to the basket, and Katie (Carey) got it going early,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton. “We took control early and rotated a lot of kids.”
Greene led 24-10 at the end of the first half, and let off the gas over the final two periods.
Smith finished with 13 points and Carey added nine. Smith and Carey also grabbed a huge chunk of the Trojans’ 20 offensive rebounds.
“We were aggressive going to the basket and the boards, and we shot our free throws well,” Gorton said. “Even though we didn’t have the point total you think we would have deserved, I feel better about the offense.”
Greene (13-6) hosts Sidney Wednesday in a battle for third place in the MAC tourney.
Greene: McKenna Sergi, 1 0-0-2; Sophie Brown, 2 0-0-4; Alyssa Sands, 2 0-0-4; E. Montelione, 0; M. Klecha, 0; Nicole Flohr, 0 1-2-1; Mary Borchardt, 0 2-2-2; Audrey Platta, 0 2-2-2; Katie Carey, 2 4-4-9; Emma Smith, 6 1-2-13; Maria Brown, 0. Totals:  13 10-12-37.
Windsor:  H. Balachick, 2 0-0-5; Donahue, 1 0-0-2; L. Balachick, 1 4-4-6; Sheriff, 1 0-0-2;  Wickizer, 2 2-6-6; Voorhis, 1 0-0-2; Kay, 0 2-2-2. Totals:  8 8-12-25.
Greene  13   11  4  9-37
Wind.      2   8   6  9–25
Three-point goals: (G) Katie Carey. (W) Hailey Balachick.  JV:  Windsor won 31-22.

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