To beat the Binghamton girls basketball team anywhere is a momentous feat, something precious few teams have done in the regular season in recent years.
But to get that victory on the Patriots’ home court, as Ithaca High did on Tuesday night, is really special, said Little Red coach Faye Young-Miller.
“It was a huge upset for our team, and really reinforces all the hard work we’ve put in in the gym,” Young-Miller said after seeing her team knock off Binghamton, 62-60, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference action.
Senior Taylor DePalma scored a game-high 33 points, including 12-for-19 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 on 3-pointers, to lead the Little Red (6-7, 5-6). Maddie Palmer chipped in 12 points for IHS, which played its most complete game of the season, Young-Miller said.
“We limited our turnovers (11), we boxed out their bigs, we closed out on the shooters, and we had 62 points, which is the most we’ve scored all year,” Young-Miller said. “We limited their transition points and had better balance, even with Taylor clearly leading us.”
Binghamton (10-3) was paced by Jodi-Marie Ramil, who had 17 points, and Caity Kuhnen, who had 16.
The game was tight throughout, with neither team holding a lead larger than one point after any of the first three quarters. Ithaca extended its lead early in the fourth quarter on a pair of 3-pointers by DePalma and another 3 by Holly Mason and took its largest lead, 10 points, with just less then five minutes to play.
Binghamton immediately cut the deficit to four on three straight buckets over the next two minutes, but Ithaca made its foul shots down the stretch and hung on for the win. Maryah Wright hit a free throw with eight seconds left to help seal the upset victory.
Ithaca will look to make it two straight wins on Friday when it hosts winless Elmira on Senior Night, beginning with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
“We joked that we began Senior Night a little early,” Young-Miller said of her team’s Tuesday win. “We’re calling it Senior Week.”
* Dryden 85, So. Cayuga 40: Bryan Norman scored a game-high 24 points, 18 of them in the first half, and Gage Ellis added 21 points and nine rebounds as the red-hot Purple Lions (10-4) won their fourth straight and ninth in their last 10 games.
Norman also dished out four assists for Dryden, which raced to a 27-11 lead after one quarter — including a Shawn Moore three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer — and a 47-17 halftime edge and never looked back. Moore finished the game with 16 points, including seven in the second quarter.
Tom Miller and Vince Stebbins led SC (6-7) with nine points apiece.
The Purple Lions travel to Large North Division co-leader Whitney Point at 5:30 p.m. (JV) Friday. Lansing, tied atop the division with the Eagles, travel to winless Trumansburg on Friday.
The Dryden JV team clinched the Large North championship with a 64-46 defeat of the Chiefs.
* Lansing 46, Union Springs 32: The 16th-ranked Bobcats clamped down defensively on the Wolves, holding them to nine first-half points en route to the road victory.
Jack Stevens and Ellington Hopkins scored 10 points apiece for the winners (11-2), who’ve won four straight since back-to-back losses earlier this month.
Harry Fearon scored nine points for Union Springs (4-10).
* Moravia 81, Trumansburg 26: Chandler Benson scored 18 points and Dylan Powers added 16 to lead the Small North-leading Blue Devils (11-2) to a nondivisional victory over the visiting Blue Raiders (0-14).
Moravia, ranked 19th in Class C, ran away from T-burg early, taking a 21-4 lead after one quarter and a 46-16 lead at the break.
Dylan Mosher led Trumansburg with 10 points, while Santiago Sanchez added nine.
* Whitney Point 57, Marathon 51: The Eagles (12-2) outscored the Olympians, 17-9, in the final quarter to score the come-from-behind road victory.
Adam Tillotson scored 22 points and Gabe Shrauger added 10 for the winners, who trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter in the closely fought game. Whitney Point trailed by one point after both the first and second quarters.
Kody Barry scored a game-high 24 points for Marathon (5-9).
* Lansing 52, Union Springs 19: The McCartney twins combined for 29 points to lead the Bobcats (13-1) to their eighth straight victory.
Shea McCartney scored a game-high 18 points and sister Maura added 11 for Lansing, which led 16-2 after one quarter and was never threatened. Liz Gonyea chipped in eight points for Coach Stu Dean’s squad, whose only loss was a two-point defeat at the hands of STAC school Johnson City on Dec. 17.
Jamison Valentino had seven points to lead the Wolves (4-10).
* Trumansburg 52, Moravia 43: The host Blue Raiders (4-9) knocked off the Blue Devils as Anna Shelley led the way with a game-high 23 points.
T-burg took a five-point lead after one quarter and the lead
* Odessa-Montour 28, Spencer-Van Etten: In the only South Division game of the night, the Indians picked up their first IAC victory of the season by rallying past the Panthers.
O-M’s 10-point fourth quarter secured the victory as the Indians rallied from a 6-4 deficit after one period. Brittany VanAmburg had 11 points and Morgan Stermer 10 to pace the winners (3-12). Crissi Blaasch had six points for S-VE (2-10).