Jake Sinicki scored a game-high 20 points Wednesday night to lead Maine-Endwell to a 74-33 victory over Ithaca in Southern Tier Athletic Conference boys basketball.
The Spartans took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring Ithaca 15-6, then used a 27-9 third-quarter scoring advantage to put it out of reach.
Kyle Gallagher added 14 for the Spartans. Miles Herman scored 12 points and Bruce Greene added five to lead Ithaca (1-6, 1-2 STAC West).
The Little Red plays host on Friday night to Vestal, which beat Ithaca in the season-opener, 60-59. The Golden Bears (3-4) are coming off a 59-47 victory on Wednesday at Corning, in which Frank D’Esti led the way with a game-high 24 points.
* BOYS: Friday night’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys action features a key Large North Division matchup between host Lansing (8-2, 2-1 Large North) and Dryden (6-3, 2-1), which along with Whitney Point (7-2, 2-1) are tied atop the division standings. Trumansburg (0-9, 0-3) rounds out the division.
Both the Bobcats and Purple Lions are coming off victories on Tuesday night, the first games of the second half of the schedule. Lansing snapped a two-game losing streak by knocking off Marathon, 52-49, while Dryden beat Groton, 57-41. While the Bobcats and Lions are battling to stay atop the division, Marathon will take on the Blue Raiders in T-burg; in November, Marathon defeated the Raiders, 47-33.
The other North Division game Friday night is a Cayuga County clash between first-place Moravia (9-0, 4-0 Small North) at last-place Union Springs (3-7, 0-4). And the game between Groton (3-6) and Southern Cayuga (3-6) was moved to Thursday night in Poplar Ridge, at Groton’s request.
In the South, it’s Tioga (0-9) at Watkins Glen (8-2), Notre Dame (9-0) at Spencer-Van Etten (6-5), Newark Valley (1-8) at Odessa-Montour (8-2), Waverly (6-3) at Newfield (6-5) and Candor (3-6) at Edison (2-8).
* GIRLS: The game of the night in IAC girls basketball might be in the South Small Division, where Newfield (8-2) travels south to take on unbeaten Waverly (8-0) in a Small vs. Large matchup. The Trojans will be looking to rebound from their 50-47 loss to Tioga on Tuesday, in which they surrendered a four-point halftime lead as the Tigers used a 14-7 third quarter to take control. Erica Carney scored a game-high 21 points in the loss for Newfield.
Waverly is coming off a victory — 68-23 over Spencer-Van Etten on Tuesday night in Spencer. A 45-point margin of victory isn’t unusual for the Wolverines, who won two of their first three games this season by 49 and 45 points. Elmira Notre Dame fell to Waverly by 11 points, the closest any opponent has come.
Elsewhere in the South, it’ll be Watkins Glen (4-4) at Tioga (5-3), S-VE (2-5) at Notre Dame (7-2), Odessa-Montour (2-7) at Newark Valley (0-8) and Edison (3-6) at Candor (4-4).
In the North, the schedule features Trumansburg (3-5) at Marathon (2-7), Southern Cayuga (4-5) at Groton (6-2), Union Springs (3-6) at Moravia (6-2) and Lansing (7-1) at Dryden (2-5).
IAC boys swimming
* Lansing 104, Watkins Glen 76: On Tuesday at Watkins Glen, the Bobcats (7-0) won 10 of 12 events, led by Kyle VandePoel, who won the 50 and 100 freestyles and swam on the team’s winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.
John Koch (200 free, 100 breaststroke), Joe Koch (200 IM, 500 free) and Ronan Corgel (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) also won a pair of events for the Bobcats, who will compete in the Elmira Free Academy this weekend.