Lansing, Whitney Point boys headed for division showdown

Lansing, Whitney Point boys headed for division showdown

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Lansing, Whitney Point boys headed for division showdown

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The Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball season is in its final week and with two nights of action remaining, few postseason things have been determined.

Moravia’s boys (12-2, 12-2 IAC), ranked 19th in the state in Class C, have wrapped up the Small North Division title and awaits the survivor from the Large North. That will will likely be either 16th-ranked Lansing (12-2, 11-2) or Whitney Point (13-2, 12-2), and that survivor could be decided when they meet in Saturday’s season finale.

The game was scheduled for Friday but pushed back a day as Lansing has away games Tuesday at Moravia and Thursday against Southern Cayuga, in a makeup from Jan. 18.

Dryden (10-5, 10-4) will have something to say about the division race, and the Purple Lions look to keep pace on Tuesday when they host winless Trumansburg (0-16, 0-15). The Eagles, honorable mention in last week’s state Class B rankings, wrap their regular season with games Tuesday at Groton (4-10, 4-10) and Saturday against the Bobcats.

In the South, Elmira Notre Dame and Watkins Glen are tied atop the Large division at 9-1. Notre Dame (13-2 overall), ranked ninth in Class C, concludes its regular season with challenging games Tuesday against visiting Newfield (8-7, 8-4) and Friday at Waverly (11-4, 7-3).

The Senecas (12-2) will face a tough home test Tuesday in Small South leader Odessa-Montour (12-3, 10-2) before finishing on the road Friday at Newark Valley (2-12, 1-9).

Should Notre Dame and Watkins Glen be tied after Friday, a tiebreaker will be played next week before the IAC championship games, slated for Feb. 14 (Large boys, girls) and Feb. 15 (Small boys, girls) at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

In the Small South, O-M has a two-game lead over Newfield with two to play. The Indians travel to Watkins Glen on Tuesday, with a chance to clinch the division title, then host Newfield on Friday. The Trojans have two tough road games this week, taking on Notre Dame Tuesday before its finale at Odessa.

Next week’s Large School finals will tip off at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game, and be followed by the boys’ at 8. The Small School finals will be held the following night, with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8.

* GIRLS: Lansing (14-1, 14-0) has the Large North title clinched, and awaits either Waverly (15-0, 10-0) or Notre Dame (13-2, 9-1) for the overall Large title. Waverly is at Edison on Tuesday while Notre Dame visits Newfield; the Wolverines and Crusaders square off Friday, and a tiebreaker next week is possible should Notre Dame win the finale.

In the Small North, Groton (10-4, 10-4) lost a nailbiter on Friday to second-place Moravia, 41-40, which moved the Blue Devils (9-6, 9-5) to within a game of the Indians. Groton travels to Whitney Point on Tuesday, then hosts Marathon in the season finale on Friday; Moravia wraps up its schedule at Lansing and home against Southern Cayuga.

In the Small South, Newfield (11-3, 10-2) and Tioga (11-4, 9-3) are separated by a game, and the Trojans would clinch the division with a win Tuesday vs. visiting Notre Dame and a Tigers loss at Spencer-Van Etten (2-11, 1-10). Should both teams win Tuesday, it would come down to Friday night’s season-enders — Newfield hosts O-M (3-13, 1-11) while Tioga entertains Candor (7-8, 6-6).

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