October 22, 2021

Scott’s big night powers Dryden

Local high school basketball teams filled up the stat sheet over President’s Day weekend, including a triple-double by Dryden’s Xavier Scott and a suffocating performance by the Homer girls’ defense.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Dryden 55, Trumansburg 41

Xavier Scott exploded for a triple-double with 17 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks as Dryden defeated Trumansburg Saturday afternoon.

Colton Dow added 15 points, including four three-pointers, for Dryden.

“It was awesome to be back playing basketball this season” Dryden coach Zack LaViere said. “We had a rough first half of the game with a plethora of turnovers. In the second half we settled in, controlled the glass and worked for better shots.”

ES-M 48, Cortland 41

ESM’s 2-3 zone forced 19 Purple Tiger turnovers and fended off a fourth-quarter rally by Cortland to win Saturday.

ESM built a 10-point lead that the Purple Tigers were able to cut to two with three minutes left, but they could never pull even after that.

Max Gambitta was the only Purple Tiger in double figures with 20 points and seven rebounds. Joe Leonard came off the bench for eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Purple Tigers head to Fowler on Tuesday for another league game.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Homer 67, Moravia 46

The Trojans defense forced an astounding 34 turnovers en route to a double-digit victory over Moravia Monday.

Catherine Apker came close to a triple-double with 23 points, nine steals and eight rebounds. Gracie Patriarico had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.

“We played much more in control on the offensive end today than we did at Marcellus last Friday night,” Homer coach C.J. Kudla said. “We missed so many shots and were so out of sync on the offensive end. After that game we talked about the importance of executing and finishing when given opportunities on offense. We had so many opportunities against Marcellus, but we shot ourselves in the foot over and over again while they finished on their end. Today we were much better at both of those.”

McGraw 54, Cincinnatus 25

The Eagles used a 25-point second quarter to leave a chasm between themselves and the Lions in their season-opening win Saturday.

The Eagles held the Lions to single-digit points in each quarter and led 38-14 at halftime.

Karissa Wilbur almost outscored the Lions by herself, finishing with 22 points and four steals. Emily Fish added 14 points and three steals.

“It was a great first win and more it was nice to watch the girls compete again,” McGraw head coach Corey Wilson said. “We started out shaky on the offensive side, but managed to find buckets when we settled in late in the first quarter. We scored many points in transition which allowed us to pressure the ball. I was overall pleased by the effort and the great team play we established throughout the game.”