North rivals to collide when Lansing meets Groton in basketball

North rivals to collide when Lansing meets Groton in basketball

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North rivals to collide when Lansing meets Groton in basketball

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The Lansing boys’ basketball team takes its perfect record on the road tonight to face once-beaten Groton in a big Interscholastic Athletic Conference North non-divisional game.

In addition, a pair of 3-0 squads will clash when the Whitney Point Eagles will bus it 42 miles to Cayuga County to take on Moravia. These matchups are two of four games in the IAC tonight, as the South Division has a bye. Other games on tap include Dryden (1-2) at Marathon (1-2) and Trumansburg (0-3) at Southern Cayuga (0-4). Union Springs has the night off.

Head coach Adam Heck’s Bobcats (1-0 division) are coming off last Friday’s 67-45 defeat of Southern Cayuga. Three-sport star Ellington Hopkins led the winners with 15 points, including three of his team’s eight 3-pointers.

The Bobcats have been doing it with stifling defense, and have not yielded more than 48 points in any of their three wins.

Groton (2-0 division), whose only loss came in the opener to Dryden, has reeled off consecutive double-digit victories over Southern Cayuga (77-64), Trumansburg (73-48) and last Friday against Union Springs (62-43).

Tajz McKnight led coach John Filzen’s Indians in last Friday’s win with 17 points while John Cooper and Damian Young chipped in 11 apiece.

Whitney Point remained perfect on the season with a 73-44 pasting of out-manned Trumansburg last Friday. A 26-5 first quarter sent the Eagles on their way, and Adam Tillotson led all scorers with 25 points. He erupted for 27 in the season-opening 86-53 victory against Southern Cayuga.

Moravia is coming off a 69-42 victory over Marathon on Friday.

* IAC GIRLS: The rivalry between Groton and Lansing will be renewed on the girls’ side as well, and this one should be as entertaining as the boys’ game as both the Indians and the host Bobcats are both unbeaten.

Friday against Southern Cayuga, Coach Stu Dean’s Bobcats (3-0) raced out to a 23-7 lead after one quarter, survived a strong third period by the Chiefs and won, 59-41. Lansing led at the break, 39-14, but Southern Cayuga put together a 21-8 third quarter to pull to within 12 heading into the final eight minutes.

Brittany Mikula led a balanced attack for Lansing with 14 points.

Groton (4-0) pulled away in the second half on Friday for a 52-38 victory over Union Springs. Kylene Hall led the Indians with 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Ruthanne Forehand and Steffanie Preston chipped in 12 apiece.

Other matchups on the girls’ side in the IAC include Marathon (1-3) at Dryden (0-3), Moravia (2-1) at Whitney Point (1-2) and Southern Cayuga (1-3) at Trumansburg (1-3).

Union Springs is off tonight.

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