A clash of cross-lake rivals and teams headed in opposite directions highlights the Tuesday night schedule in Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys’ basketball.
Undefeated Lansing will seek its sixth victory of the season at Trumansburg against a depleted Blue Raider squad looking to avoid an 0-6 start. Other games Tuesday night in the IAC North include: Moravia (4-0 overall, 2-0 IAC Small North) at Groton (3-2, 2-0 Small North) in a battle of division co-leaders; Union Springs (1-4, 0-2 Small North) at Southern Cayuga (1-4, 0-2 Small North); and Whitney Point (4-0) at Dryden (1-2).
In the IAC South, it will be: Newark Valley (1-3) at Candor (2-3); Notre Dame (3-0) at Newfield (2-3); Watkins Glen (3-1) at Odessa-Montour (5-0), Edison (1-3) at Waverly (1-3); and Tioga (0-5) at Spencer-Van Etten (4-1).
The Bobcat boys have reeled off five consecutive victories to start the season and have yet to allow more than 48 points in a game. Lansing is coming off a 68-42 road victory against Union Springs in which Ben Rourke scored 20 points and Ellington Hopkins added 17.
Coach Damon Reed’s Trumansburg squad — playing the first six games of this season without six players due to a school-imposed suspension — has been beaten by at least 25 points in each of its past three games. It had last Friday off, as its game with Moravia will be played Dec. 27 in the first round of the Fred Caliel Tournament.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN 1160 AM. The game was scheduled to be at Lansing, but switched to T-burg to allow for the possibility that the teams will meet next week in the Caliel Tournament. Should that happen, that game would count as Lansing’s home game in the season series, and their Feb. 1 game would be canceled. If they do not meet next week, the Feb. 1 game will be played in Lansing.
Moravia will also look to remain unbeaten when it travels down Route 38 to Groton to take on an Indians team that had a three-game win streak snapped last Tuesday night in a 57-34 loss to Lansing. Moravia has not played in a week, either, since upending Whitney Point, 71-55, to hand the Eagles’ their first loss. The Blue Devils were led by three-sport star Dylan Powers’ game-high 28 points.
Newfield puts its 5-0 record on the line when it travels to Elmira to face a Notre Dame squad looking to bounce back after its first loss of the year.
The Trojans overwhelmed Odessa-Montour on Friday night, 49-8, as Erica Carney led the way with 17 points and Rebecca Wood added 14. The winless Indians fell behind 21-4 after one quarter and were shut out 7-0 in the second.
The Crusaders should present Newfield with its stiffest challenge to date, as only Tioga (3-2) has a winning record among the five teams the Trojans have played. Newfield outlasted the Tigers in double-overtime, 49-45, in the season-opener on Nov. 27.
Notre Dame has not played since last Tuesday’s 44-33 loss to unbeaten Waverly.
Other IAC South girls’ games on tap include: Candor (2-3) at Newark Valley (0-5); Odessa-Montour (0-5) at Watkins Glen (2-2); Waverly (5-0) at Edison (1-3); and Spencer-Van Etten (2-3) at Tioga (3-2). In the North, it is: Groton (4-1) at Moravia (2-3); Southern Cayuga (3-3) at Union Springs (1-4); Dryden (1-4) at Whitney Point (2-2); and Trumansburg (3-2) at Lansing (5-0).
The Little Red boys (1-2) hit the road to face winless Horseheads, which is coming off Friday night’s 31-point drubbing by Maine-Endwell. Ithaca lost 68-58 Friday to undefeated Union-Endicott, two days after beating Corning 49-44.
Ithaca’s girls are hosting Horseheads tonight, beginning with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. Coach Faye Young-Miller’s squad is 3-2 after a 54-42 loss Friday night at M-E. Maryah Wright had a game-high 25 points in the loss.