Senior Amy Makis scored a season-high 15 points off the bench for Maine-Endwell in a 53-43 win over Horseheads on Friday in a meeting of the top two girls basketball teams in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
She hit two 3-point goals in the second quarter to help the Spartans rally from an early 7-0 deficit to tie the score 22-22 at halftime. She added five points late in the third quarter as M-E extended its lead to 40-29. Makis also converted both ends of a one-and-one with 1:12 left to make it 49-43.
Her previous high game for the season was 14 against Vestal on Dec. 20. That game was the only loss for the Spartans, who are 10-1 and have dealt Horseheads (9-2) both of its losses.
“Good for her,” Horseheads coach Andy Scott said. “I said we wanted to shut down as much as we can Daniella (Dean), Victoria Dean, too, and Julie Yacovoni inside. I thought we did a pretty good job. Daniella got a couple of open looks, but Makis hurt us and came off the bench. When you have a scouting report and someone else beats you, you tip your hat to them.”
“For me, you’ve got to play defense every time,” M-E coach Sonny Spera said. “Offense, you’re going to have good nights and bad nights. Tonight she hit a couple shots and I thought she made some real good decisions with the ball.”
Makis and fellow senior Victoria Dean sustained Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears five minutes apart while playing in an AAU game last June in Rhode Island.
“Her and Victoria, it’s been slow,” Spera said. “I’ve been trying to limit their minutes and just kind of starting to let them loose a little bit. I’m scared to death of knee injuries because I’ve had so many ACL’s, with my own daughter and my players. I try to take it real slow and now they’re not slowing down in practice and they’ve got every type of energy in the game, so they deserve the time.”
Franklin Flash climbing
Jordan Beers of Franklin made a significant move up the ladder of Section 4’s all-time girls scoring leaders during a 34-point, 17-rebound showing in last week’s 61-47 win over Schenevus. Beers leapfrogged four names on the list and closed that night with 2,126 varsity points, good for the No. 5 spot all-time.
She came back with 27 points in Friday’s rout of Richfield Springs to assume the No. 4 spot. Harpursville’s Hannah Kimmel is atop the list (2,692), with Candor’s Megan Shay No. 2 (2,205) and Odessa-Montour’s Stefanie Collins No. 3 (2,204).
A donation of $7,750.42 was presented to the American Cancer Society by organizers of the Pete Hyde Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic at halftime of last week’s girls game pitting Maine-Endwell against Elmira. It marked the largest single donation generated by the event, which was held last month at Johnson City.
In five years, the Holiday Classic has raised over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.
‘Jackets back on track
Oneonta’s girls bounced back from their first loss of the season on Wednesday by rolling past Johnson City, 65-22, behind an 18-point, 16-rebound effort from Brittney Herrick.
That first loss was served up by reigning Class A state champion Troy, which took a 16-point halftime lead and proceeded to a 53-42 home-court victory over the ‘Jackets. Troy defeated Maine-Endwell in last year’s state final; Oneonta dropped a Class B state semi to eventual champion Irvington.
The Yellowjackets followed the JC game with a trip to Kingston, a Class AA opponent, and came away with a 48-41 win led by Mariah Ruff’s 25-point, five-steal outing. Herrick added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Odds & ends
A ninth victory for Norwich’s unbeaten boys, last week’s 77-52 rout of Seton Catholic Central, brought a varsity-high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds from senior Storm Cook. Fifteen of those points came in the second half, and teammate Michael Sutton added a 12-point, 10-assist outing.
The Purple Tornado made it 10-0 by routing Johnson City on Friday, and Tuesday night will play host to 11-1 Oneonta. Norwich was a 55-48 winner at Oneonta on Dec. 4. …
Norwich’s girls also knocked off Seton CC, 55-33, with Breanna Cashman turning in 14 points and eight blocked shots, and likewise eased past Johnson City on Friday. Norwich will visit Oneonta’s once-beaten girls Wednesday. …
Sidney boys coach Mike Brazee picked up his 350th victory last week when the Warriors eased away from a 17-17 halftime deadlock to get past Delhi, 46-36, in the Midstate Athletic Conference. …
30 years ago this week …
* Union-Endicott knocks off Johnson City 32-30, with Mark Saunders sending in the decisive field goal from 40 feet with four seconds remaining. …
* Binghamton slips past Maine-Endwell 51-50, freshman guard King Rice topping all scorers with 14 points. …
* Seton Catholic Central’s boys elevate to No. 8 in New York State Sports Writers Association small-school rankings.