History repeated itself quite often in Thursday’s action — the Groton boys hoopsters won, the Groton girls won by an identical score to their last game, and the Homer girls put up 20-plus steals.
Groton 62, Trumansburg 57
James Lucey (21 points) and Kalib Manning (15 points) helped the Indians escape the Blue Raiders in overtime, putting them at 4-0 on the season.
Whitney Point 46, Marathon 42
A new triangle-and-two defense combined with the Olympians going cold from three-point land helped the Eagles get revenge for Tuesday’s loss.
Braeden Morrsion (17 points) and Conor Holland (14 points) were the top two scorers in the game, but the Eagles got a balanced contribution with eight players scoring, including Lane Tiderenecel (team-high 11 points) and Tristan Layton (nine points). Tiderencel was also a force on the offensive glass, giving the Eagles second-chance opportunities.
“This was definitely a different game then Tuesday’s,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “Whitney Point played a triangle and two defense that made us struggle all night.”
Holland continued to praise the efforts of Braydin Drake filling in for the injured Joe Hulbert, saying he has been playing well despite having no time to adjust from junior varsity play.
Groton 35, Trumansburg 15
This is not a reprint of Tuesday’s game.
The Indians defeated the Blue Raiders by the exact same score as their last meetnig.
Eight of Groton’s 10 players scored, led by Abby Dykeman with 10 and Madaline Perkins with nine, eight of which came in the first quarter.
“Our defense played really well tonight and every single girl contributed to this win,” Indians coach Justin Albro said. “We played like a true team and it was great to see. We communicated on defense, helped each other offensively and played unselfishly. We created opportunities for each other to be successful and it led to a great team win. I am very proud of how quickly these girls are becoming a true team. They play hard, and support each other.”
The Indians held the Blue Raiders to four points in the first quarter and two in the second.
Weedsport 60, Homer 49
Another game with more than 20 steals for the Trojans was not enough to stifle the Weedsport offense in a home loss.
“We got caught underneath long passes a lot and you can’t do that because good teams will beat you down the floor for easy buckets, which they did,” Trojans coach C.J. Kudla said. “We had our chances to win, but we missed too many easy shots on offense. We played great, but give Weedsport and Coach Vargason a ton of credit, they are a very strong and sound team.”
Gracie Patriarco led the Trojans with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight steals. Catherine Apker had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
DeRuyter 3, Cincinnatus 0
Jaidan Degear had 10 aces, four kills and three digs and Madelyn Pforter had 14 assists as the Rockets swept the Lions by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-7.