Chris Ellerson scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, as Whitney Point moved a step closer to clinching the Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Large championship by defeating Groton, 71-42, on Tuesday night.
Ellerson hit six shots from long range to account for all of his scoring to lead the Eagles, who improved to 14-2, 13-2 in the IAC. While Whitney Point was rolling to victory, second-place Lansing was falling on the road to Small North champion Moravia, 60-42. The results leave the Eagles’ “magic number” at one, meaning a WP victory in its season finale Saturday night against the Bobcats (12-3, 11-3) would give the Eagles the division title.
However, if Lansing wins Thursday night at Southern Cayuga in a makeup from Jan. 18, then beats WP on Saturday, the teams would both finish with 13-3 league records and will have split the season series, forcing a one-game playoff for the division title.
That game would be played at Lansing, likely on Monday, according to IAC boys basketball chairman Lenny Smith. The winner will advance to the IAC Large School championship game, slated for 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Adam Tillotson scored 15 points and Gabe Shrauger added 14 for the Eagles in the win at Groton (4-11, 4-11), which trailed by 17 points at halftime but outscored the Eagles, 19-15, in the third to cut the deficit to 48-35. Whitney Point dominated the final eight minutes, outscoring the home team, 23-7, to secure the win.
* Moravia 60, Lansing 42: The Blue Devils, ranked 15th in the state in Class C, raced to a 29-14 halftime lead and cruised to victory behind the balanced scoring of Dylan Powers (15 points), Greg Horner (14) and 6-foot-7 junior Chandler Benson (13).
Moravia hit 10 3-pointers, including four from Horner and three from Powers.
Ben Rourke had 10 points and Nate McIntosh had nine, all on 3’s, for the 12th-ranked Bobcats.
* Notre Dame 72, Newfield 54: Hunter Thomas scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half to help the Crusaders (14-2, 10-1) beat the visiting Trojans (8-8, 8-5) and remain tied with Watkins Glen atop the Large South Division.
Devonte Gaskins added 11 points for the Crusaders, who pulled away thanks to strong second and fourth quarters, during which they outscored Newfield by a combined 47-32. Darius Garvin had a solid all-around game, with six points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
For Newfield, Leif Pakkala finished with 17 points, Alex Fuller with 13 and Kyle Bacorn-Royce with 10.
* Watkins Glen 62, O-M 39: Jesse Teeter and Josh Teeter combined for 32 points as the Senecas (13-2, 10-1) scored a home win.
Despite the loss, O-M (13-3, 10-3 Small South) clinched the division title due to second-place Newfield’s loss to END.
Jesse Teeter scored 20 points and Josh Teeter added 12 for the Senecas, who put the game away in the third quarter with a 20-7 scoring edge.
Tom Peckham scored 17 points and Morgan Shutter added 14 for O-M, which lost despite outscoring the Glen, 16-3, from the foul line.
* Dryden 72, Trumansburg 40: The Purple Lions (11-5, 11-4) had four players in double-figures, led by Gage Ellis, Bryan Norman and Bryant Stuttle, who all wound up with 16 points.
Shawn Moore chipped in 12 points for Dryden, which utilized full-court pressure to get several easy baskets and build a 19-point halftime lead.
Zack Kenney had 11 points for the Blue Raiders, who finished their season 0-17, 0-16 in the league.
The Purple Lions conclude the regular season Friday night at home against Union Springs. The JV tipoff will be at 5:30, followed by Senior Night festivities and the varsity game.
* Horseheads 68, Ithaca 25: The Blue Raiders (13-2), No. 24 in the state Class AA rankings, got 21 points from Tess Wicks — including all four of her team’s 3-pointers — and overpowered the Little Red (7-9).
Horseheads led 23-5 after one quarter and 34-10 at halftime, then put the game away with a 20-3 fourth quarter.
Taylor DePalma had 11 points and Holly Mason added eight for Ithaca, which wraps up the regular season Friday at Maine-Endwell.
* Lansing 42, Moravia 22: Shea McCartney poured in a game-high 23 points as the Bobcats (14-1, 14-0) remained perfect in league play.
McCartney’s twin sister, Maura, added eight points for Lansing, which led 30-9 at halftime. The Bobcats have already secured a berth in next Thursday’s IAC Large School title game, and will play either Waverly (15-0, 10-0) or Elmira Notre Dame (13-2, 10-1) for the conference championship.
Both Waverly and Notre Dame won in convincing fashion on Tuesday, the Wolverines defeating Edison, 70-30, and the Crusaders defeating Newfield, 53-34.
* Trumansburg 45, Dryden 39: The Blue Raiders (5-9) closed their IAC schedule by holding off the Purple Lions (2-12) at home.
Anna Shelley led all scorers with 19 points for T-burg, which led by 12 points entering the fourth quarter. Kate Holland had nine points to lead Dryden.
The Blue Raiders conclude the regular season at home Tuesday against Section 5’s South Seneca.
* Notre Dame 53, Newfield 34: Notre Dame outscored host Newfield 32-13 over the second and third quarters en route to the victory.
Four players scored in double figures for the Crusaders, led by Sheridan Heine’s 16 points. Olivia May contributed 12, Emily Carson 11 and Kaylyn Curran 10.
Rebecca Wood scored eight points for Newfield, which fell into a first-place tie with Tioga — a 56-22 winner on Tuesday at Spencer-Van Etten — for the Small South division lead. Tioga hosts Candor on Friday, while Newfield plays host to Odessa-Montour.