After a few days off for Regents exams, the Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball season resumes Friday night with a slate of games pitting Large vs. Small in the North and divisional games in the South.
The Ithaca High boys and girls also get back in action against Horseheads in Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division play. The Little Red boys (2-8, 1-3) host the Blue Raiders (2-10, 1-4) beginning with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. at Bliss Gym. Ithaca is coming off a 69-37 loss at Union-Endicott a week ago.
Ithaca’s girls (5-6, 3-1) will be gunning for a share of first place in the STAC West when they travel down Route 13 to face division-leading Horseheads (9-1, 4-0), ranked 30th in the state in Class AA. Ithaca has alternated losses and wins over its last six games, including a 48-39 home loss to U-E last Friday in the team’s “Play4Kay” fundraiser to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. As of Thursday evening, $3,991.61 has been raised through donations at the game and online.
* IAC BOYS: The best matchup looks to be in Whitney Point where the host Eagles (9-2 overall) will take on state-ranked Moravia (10-1, 6-0 Small North) in a battle of division leaders. Point is tied with Lansing atop the Large North, both with 3-1 records, while the Blue Devils, ranked 14th in this week’s state Class C rankings, are three games clear of Marathon in the Small North.
After losing two of three in December, including a 16-point loss at Moravia, Whitney Point has run off five straight victories. The biggest over that stretch was a 10-point road win over Lansing, handing the Bobcats their second loss in four days.
Three days after suffering its first loss of the season against visiting Dryden, Moravia took out its frustrations on Marathon last Friday in an 82-38 pasting of the Olympians. Dylan Powers scored 30 points and Chase Walker chipped in 12 for the Blue Devils.
Elsewhere in the North, it’ll be Marathon (5-7) at Dryden (7-4), Groton (4-8) at 17th-ranked Lansing (9-2) and Southern Cayuga (5-6) at Trumansburg (0-12). Union Springs has a bye.
In the South, Elmira Notre Dame (12-0, 3-0 Large South) will look to keep its perfect season intact when it plays host to Newark Valley (2-10, 0-3). The Crusaders, ranked sixth in the state in Class C, have won all but three of their games by double-figures and are coming off an 81-42 thrashing of Tioga a week ago. Darius Garvin had 20 points, five rebounds and six steals to lead Notre Dame, which will be without the services of starting guard Tom Agan for the rest of the season. Agan had knee surgery last Friday after an injury suffered in a holiday tournament; recovery time is likely to be six months.
In the Small South, Odessa-Montour (10-3, 7-0) plays host to Candor and will look to maintain its cushion over second-place Newfield (7-7, 6-2), which entertains Spencer-Van Etten (7-6, 4-3).
Elsewhere in the South, it’ll be Waverly (9-3, 1-2 Large South) at Watkins Glen (10-2, 1-2 Large South) and Edison (3-10, 2-4 Small South) at Tioga (0-12, 0-6 Small South).
* IAC GIRLS: Lansing (10-1) and Groton (10-2) will clash in Groton in a battle of North division leaders. The Bobcats are comfortably atop the Large North, five games better than Whitney Point, while the Indians are in a battle with Moravia for supremacy in the Small North.
Coach Stu Dean’s Lansing squad has won five straight since suffering its only loss, a 44-42 nonleague setback to visiting Johnson City, and defeated east shore rival Southern Cayuga by 29 points a week ago in its last outing. In their first meeting this season, on Dec. 11, Lansing shut Groton down defensively in a 41-19 victory.
Other North games feature Dryden (2-9) at Marathon (4-8), Whitney Point (4-7) at Moravia (8-3) and Trumansburg (3-7) at Southern Cayuga (5-7).
In the South, Waverly (11-0), ranked 17th in Class B, will look to maintain its perfect record when it hosts Watkins Glen (6-5) in a Large Division matchup. And Small Division leader Newfield (9-3) will look to avoid an upset when it heads down Route 34 to face Spencer-Van Etten (2-8).
Other games in the South include Notre Dame (10-2) at Newark Valley (1-10), O-M (2-10) at Candor (4-7) and Tioga (8-3) at Edison (5-7).