January 5, 2013


IAC basketball roundup

HoopsJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Cienna Morrison (4) lays in a basket over Groton’s Steffanie Preston (32) in the second quarter of Friday’s IAC game.

Zach Brandstadt and Kody Barry were cool under pressure as the Marathon Central boys’ basketball duo made the clutch free throws down the stretch Friday night.
Brandstadt was a perfect 6-for-6 while Barry hit both of his late-game charity tosses to give the visiting Olympians a 54-49 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division boys’ basketball victory over host Groton Central at Richard Court Gymnasium.
In other North Division play, Dryden drubbed Union Springs 49-29 and and Moravia routed Southern Cayuga 81-52. Whitney Point at Lansing was postponed until this afternoon.
In IAC North Division girls’ outings, Groton downed Marathon 59-34, Dryden dropped Union.Springs 49-43 and Moravia nipped Southern Cayuga 34-33.
Marathon 54, Groton 49: “It looked like we would open up a lead, but things changed in the second quarter,” Groton coach John Filzen said. “We took the lead during the second quarter, but we continue to have too many mental distractions. Marathon came to play basketball and we struggled in the second half. It’s tough to lose your fourth home game of the season.”
Barry scored 11 points in the game and he helped Marathon take a 16-15 lead in the first quarter.
Behind leading scoring Tajz McKnight, Groton rallied in the second quarter to take a 29-25 lead, but the Indians could not maintain the momentum. The Olympians retook the lead in the third quarter and did the little things needed to win the game in the fourth quarter.
Jeff Contri led Marathon with 17 points. Dan Lincoln also reached double figures with 10 points for the Olympians.
Damian Young added 14 points to the Groton attack.
Dryden 49, Union Springs 29: Dryden and Union Springs played to a 9-9 draw in the first quarter, but the Purple Lions got over their bus lag and controlled the remaining three quarters for the easy win.
“I thought we played aggressive man-to-man most of the night,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “Defensively, this has to be our staple.”
Dryden led 24-13 by halftime lead and coasted home. Gage Ellis led the Dryden with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sean Moore added 11 points to the winning attack.
Kenny Morhiser paced Union Sprigs with nine points.
Groton 59, Marathon 34: Groton raced to a 20-9 lead in the first quarter and was never challenged in this road win at Marathon.
“We played with a lot of intensity,” Groton coach Jen Case said. “We had a better offensive mindset tonight and we had a big edge in rebounding.”
Ruthanne Forehand finished with a game-high 18 points for Groton. Kylene Hall added a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Steffanie Preston netted nine points pulled down 15 rebounds.
Alyssa Sliker was the leading scorer for Marathon with seven points.
Ellena Holl and Logan Vincent each netted six points
Dryden 49, Union Springs 43: Dryden played solid basketball in the second and fourth quarter to pull out a nice six-point homecourt win against Union Springs.
Katie Hoy had a big night with 14 points to lead the Purple Lions. Kate Holland added eight points.


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