With just three games left in the regular season, Whitney Point and Lansing are in a dogfight atop the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large North Division, with red-hot Dryden not far behind.
The results of Friday night’s intra-division matchups might have a say in who ultimately advances to the Large School final, slated for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The Eagles (12-2, 11-2 IAC, 3-1 division) are a half-game ahead of the Bobcats (11-2, 10-2, 3-1) in the overall standings, and face a stiff test tonight against visiting Dryden.
The Purple Lions (10-4, 10-3, 2-2) are coming off a 45-point drubbing of Southern Cayuga and have won four straight and nine of their last 10, including a 67-65 defeat of previously unbeaten Moravia on Jan. 15.
Lansing heads around the lake to take on traditional rival Trumansburg (0-15, 0-4 division), which is coming off a 47-26 loss on Wednesday to Newark Valley in the rescheduled consolation game of the Fred Caliel Tournament. The Cardinals were led by Ryan Coleman’s 17 points, while Zachary Kenney had seven for the Blue Raiders, who’ve been held to 40 points or fewer eight times this season.
Elsewhere in the IAC North, it’s Groton (4-9, 2-4 Small North) at Moravia (11-2, 6-0), which has clinched the Small North Division, and Southern Cayuga (6-7, 2-3) at Union Springs (4-10, 1-5).
In the South, a key Large School clash will pit Notre Dame (13-1, 9-0 IAC, 3-0 Large South) against host Watkins Glen (11-2, 8-1, 3-1). Other contests feature Waverly (10-4) at Newark Valley (2-11), Edison (4-10) at Newfield (7-7, 6-2 Small South), Tioga (0-13) at Odessa-Montour (11-3, 8-0 Small South) and Spencer-Van Etten (7-6) at Candor (3-10).
* STAC: In Southern Tier Athletic Conference play Friday, Ithaca High (2-9, 1-3 STAC West) will try to rebound from its 62-22 loss to Binghamton on Wednesday when it travels south to meet division-leading Elmira (7-6, 5-0). Despite having lost six of its last seven, the Express can clinch the division title with a win against the Little Red.
* IAC GIRLS: Lansing (13-1, 13-0 IAC) is assured of a berth in the IAC Large School title game, slated for 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at TC3. The Bobcats, who take on visiting Trumansburg (4-9) Friday, will face either undefeated Waverly (14-0, 9-0 IAC) or Elmira Notre Dame (12-2, 9-1), with the Crusaders needing plenty of help if they are to overtake the state-ranked Wolverines.
Other games in the North feature Moravia (8-6) at Groton (10-3), Union Springs (4-10) at Southern Cayuga (7-8) and Whitney Point (7-7) at Dryden (2-11). In the South, it’s Watkins Glen (6-6) at Notre Dame, Newark Valley (2-12) at Waverly, Newfield (10-3) at Edison (6-8), O-M (3-12) at Tioga (10-4) and Candor (6-8) at S-VE (2-10).
* STAC: Ithaca High (6-7, 3-1 STAC West), fresh off its stunning 62-60 upset of Binghamton, returns to Bliss Gym Friday night to take on last-place Elmira (1-9, 0-4 STAC West). It’ll be Senior Night at Ithaca; the evening begins with the JV game at 5:30 p.m., followed by senior recognition and the varsity game at around 7.