The Horseheads girls and Elmira Notre Dame boys are expecting much stiffer challenges Monday night as they try to continue their championship streaks at the 15th annual Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.
Five-time defending tournament champion Horseheads will face Penfield after both teams cruised to semifinal victories Saturday at Southside High School. Horseheads was a 59-22 winner over Elmira and Penfield rolled past Elmira Notre Dame, 62-24.
Penfield is ranked fifth in New York in Class AA and beat Horseheads handily last season.
“Our goal is to hopefully do a lot better than we did last year against them. They took it to us pretty good,” Horseheads coach Andy Scott said. “A very talented team, but I think we have some talent too. Hopefully the girls will be fired up to play in the championship against them and it will be a fun time for us.”
Notre Dame’s boys will play for their fourth straight Palmer title after dominating Thomas A. Edison, 73-29, in Saturday’s final game of six. The Crusaders face Section 5’s Newark (5-2), which took control in the second half of a 48-32 win over Athens (Pa.) in the first Regional Division 2 semifinal.
“I told the kids after the game, I said, ‘We’re going to find out who we are, where we’re headed and where we belong on Monday night,” Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said. “If we’re able to come out with a win, that tells us a lot about who we are. If we lose, they were still a pretty good team and we lost to a quality opponent and that’s OK. I can live with it. But you’re going to get a supreme effort from our players because they know how important the game is.”
In Saturday’s boys Regional Division 1 semifinals, Mansfield (Pa.) downed Corning, 73-66, and Susquehanna Valley defeated Troy (Pa.), 61-58.
Sunday’s seven-game schedule will be capped by the boys National Division semifinals. Horseheads meets Jamestown at 6:45 p.m. and Manhasset St. Mary’s faces Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) at 8:30.
Monday’s championship game schedule: Mansfield vs. Susquehanna Valley at 3:15 p.m., Horseheads against Penfield at 5, the National Division final at 6:45, and Notre Dame against Newark at 8:30. Three National Division consolation games will precede the finals.
Horseheads 59, Elmira 22: Amanda Schiefen scored 15 points and Horseheads led 16-0 after the first quarter in its Southern Tier Athletic Conference win.
Jen LaViola added 11 points for Horseheads (5-1) and Ellie Leszyk scored 10.
“When you win by a good amount like that it’s always positive,” Scott said. ” I’d just like to see a little more intensity and finishing on the offensive end, but defensively it was a good job tonight and everybody got some good time.”
Three players led Elmira (0-6) with four points.
Penfield 62, Notre Dame 24: Penfield led 21-3 after one quarter and limited the Crusaders to eight field goals in the game.
Siena University signee Margot Hetzke had 18 points and nine rebounds for Penfield (5-1). Lucy Covley added 14 points and Emma Guy scored 13.
Sheridan Heine led the Crusaders (4-3) with 13 points.
Boys Regional Division 2
Notre Dame 73, Edison 29: Parker May nailed six 3-pointers off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and Darius Garvin dunked four times and scored 14 points as the Crusaders dominated from start to finish.
Notre Dame (6-0) led 17-3 after one quarter and 40-9 at halftime.
The Crusaders connected on 11 3-pointers, with reserve guard Jonas McCaig contributing three and scoring 13 points.
“I thought we moved the ball very well and obviously shot it well,” Hopkins said. “Probably the biggest thing I was thrilled with was the bench contribution offensively. I know Jonas can score, but when we get offense from Parker May, we get offense from Eric Brennan, we get offense from Joe Prunier, that’s a pretty good team. That’s a hard team to beat.”
Garvin added five steals.
Chris Becker led Edison (0-6) with 10 points.
Newark 48, Athens 32: After trailing by one at halftime, Newark outscored Athens 13-2 in the third quarter and steadily pulled away.
Micah Wright had 12 points and seven rebounds for Newark (5-2).
Dan Moyer had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (4-2).
Boys Regional Division 1
Susquehanna Valley 61, Troy 58: Shaynne Rodriguez had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Susquehanna Valley pulled out the win.
Rodriguez converted on 10 of 14 shots from the field. David Matthews added 16 points for the Sabers (4-1).
Evan Polly scored 28 points for Troy (1-4).
Mansfield 73, Corning 66: Bo Burleigh scored 11 of his 30 points from the foul line as the Tigers (7-2) held off Corning after building a 15-point halftime lead.
Bryce Zaparzynski added 13 points for Mansfield.
Spencer Passmore had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Corning (0-5). He hit on 10 of 15 shots from the field. Kieran Sariego contributed 14 points.