High School Roundup: Moravia's Benson named MVP of Lansing basketball tournament

High School Roundup: Moravia's Benson named MVP of Lansing basketball tournament


High School Roundup: Moravia's Benson named MVP of Lansing basketball tournament


Chandler Benson scored 29 points, leading Moravia to a 61-54 boys basketball win over host Lansing on Saturday in the championship game of the Fred Caliel Holiday Tournament.

Benson, a 6-foot-8 senior center, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He scored 24 points in a little less than three quarters of action in Friday’s tournament opener, an 85-42 rout of Newark Valley. Greg Horner and Jared Lyon added 10 points apiece on Saturday for the Blue Devils (7-0), ranked second in the state in Class C.

The Bobcats trailed by six points with 30 seconds left, but could not hit free throws down the stretch. Lansing (5-2) finished 6-for-16 from the foul line.

Ben Rourke scored 16 points, Tyler Winslow had 13 and Thomas Towner added 10 for the Bobcats.

Cortland 72, Dryden 46: On Saturday in the final of the Cortland Holiday Tournament, Sage Brown scored 21 points to lead the Purple Tigers (5-2) to victory in their own tourney over the Purple Lions (4-3).

Dryden advanced to the final by beating Marathon, 68-56, on Friday in the opening round. Six-foot-6 sophomore Ali Abel-Ferretti had career highs of 32 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Lions, who led by 13 at halftime but saw the Olympians cut the lead nearly in half with a strong third quarter.

Marathon would not get closer than six points, however, as Dryden pulled away in the fourth, led by Trevor Gardner, who had eight of his nine points in the period.

Girls basketball

Lansing 43, Johnson City 38: At Johnson City, Shea McCartney scored 18 points to lead Lansing at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Maura McCartney added 11 points in the win. Christina Carpentieri scored 18 points to pace Johnson City.

Liverpool 45, Ithaca 36: At JC, Drew Dufrane scored 12 points and Rachael Windhausen added 11 in Liverpool’s victory at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.

Maryah Wright scored a game-high 13 points for Ithaca, which fell behind 25-20 at halftime and could never gain the lead.

Whitney Point 49, Windsor 37: At Bainbridge-Guilford, Jessica Cafferty and Graci Standish-Warpus scored 12 points apiece to lead Whitney Point in the Kazalski Tournament consolation game.

Windsor had closed the gap to eight points late in the second quarter, but Standish-Warpus had three steals and layups as the Eagles took a 32-19 halftime leads.

Brittney Randell added 11 points for Whitney Point. Abby White led Windsor with 11 points.


Windsor Christmas Tournament: On Saturday at Windsor, Ian VanValen captured the 160-pound title and won the Sportsmanship Award to lead Ithaca High to a 17th-place finish.

VanValen notched his 100th career victory en route to the title, which he won with an 8-0 decision over Canandaigua’s Mitch Fisher.

Lansing’s William Koll defeated Ithaca’s Richie Burke, 17-5, in an all-Tompkins County final at 132 pounds. And the Little Red’s Julian Korfine took fourth at 138, falling to Maine-Endwell’s Brock Post, 1-0, in the consolation final.

Koll led the Bobcats to a 21st-place finish. Colonie (168), Union-Endicott (133) and Huntington (129.5) were the top three schools in the 29-team event.

Boys hockey

Kenmore East 3, Ithaca 2: On Saturday, the ninth-ranked Little Red dropped to 5-4-1 with a loss to KE in the consolation game of the Rome Free Academy Tournament.

In Friday’s first round, Ithaca fell to the host Black Knights, 5-1.

Dom Cicchetti had a goal and an assist and Eli Gordon also scored a goal in Saturday’s loss. Kenmore East (7-2-1) is ranked fifth in the state among small schools.

Host RFA defeated Mamaroneck, 3-1, in Saturday’s tournament final.

The Little Red takes on Cicero-North Syracuse at 8 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the C-NS Tournament at Twin Rinks in Cicero.


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