Taylor DePalma scored a game-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Ithaca High girls basketball team to a 49-39 victory over Corning in Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division action Wednesday night at Bliss Gym.
Maddie Palmer added 10 points for the Little Red (5-5, 3-1 STAC West), which held the Hawks (1-9, 1-3) to just two first-quarter points and led at halftime, 26-13. The Hawks cut the deficit to five points after three periods, 30-25, before the Little Red pulled away in the fourth.
Cierra Capo scored 12 points to lead Corning.
Ithaca hosts Union-Endicott on Friday evening, beginning with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. at Bliss Gym. Head coach Faye Young Miller and her team are conducting the Kay Yow Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in conjunction with the games. Yow coached women’s basketball at North Carolina State University from 1975-2009, and coached Young Miller and her twin sister, Kaye, in the 1970s.
Both Yow and Kaye Young Cowher died of cancer. All profits from the game — as well as donations to http://www.Play4Kay.org — will be donated to “Play4Kay,” dedicated to finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research and assisting the underserved.
The Ithaca High boys (2-7, 1-3) are in Endicott on Friday evening to take on U-E. The Little Red is coming off a 56-37 loss at Corning on Tuesday; first-year coach Jobe Zulu’s squad is scoring just 46 points through nine games.
* BOYS: Moravia will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host Small North rival Marathon in an attempt to extend their division lead. The Blue Devils (9-1 overall, 5-0 div.) hold a two-game lead over the Olympians (5-6, 3-2) and a three-game cushion over both Southern Cayuga and Groton.
The Blue Devils blew a 14-point halftime lead and fell Tuesday night to visiting Dryden, 67-65. The Olympians are coming off an 85-80 loss to Southern Cayuga on Tuesday night.
Other IAC North boys games Friday night include Union Springs (3-9, 0-5 Small) at Groton (4-7, 2-3 Small), Lansing (9-2, 3-1 Large) at Southern Cayuga (5-6, 2-3 Small) and Whitney Point (8-2, 2-1 Large) at Trumansburg (0-11, 0-3 Large).
In the South, it’s Newark Valley (2-9, 0-3 Large) at Spencer-Van Etten (6-6, 4-3 Small), Notre Dame (11-0, 3-0 Large) at Tioga (0-11, 0-6 Small), Watkins Glen (9-2, 2-1 Large) at Newfield (7-6, 6-2 Small), Candor (3-8, 3-4 Small) at Waverly (8-3, 1-2 Large) and Odessa-Montour (9-3, 6-0 Small) at Edison (3-9, 2-4 Small).
* GIRLS: After a bye on Tuesday, first-place Lansing (10-1, 10-0) hosts Southern Cayuga in a IAC North non-divisional matchup. Coach Stuart Dean’s Bobcats are steamrolling toward a berth in the IAC playoffs, as they are the only team above .500 in the North Large Division.
In the North Small Division, a pair of divisional games highlight the schedule as first-place Groton (9-2) travels to last-place Union Springs (4-8) looking to maintain its hold on first place. Second-place Moravia (8-3) travels to Marathon (4-8). The other matchup in the North features Trumansburg (3-7) at Whitney Point (4-7).
In the South, it’s S-VE (2-7) at Newark Valley (1-10), Tioga (8-3) at state-ranked Notre Dame (10-2), Newfield (9-3) at Watkins Glen (6-5), state-ranked Waverly (11-0) at Candor (4-7) and Edison (5-7) at O-M (2-10). Elmira Notre Dame is 11th in the latest state Class C rankings; Waverly in No. 11 in Class B.
* Vestal 60, Ithaca 15: Collyn Shippos (99 pounds, Richie Burke (132), Julian Korfine (138) and Ian Van Valen (152) scored victories on the mat for the Little Red, which is off until it hosts Oxford at 6 p.m. Tuesday.