The Elmira girls basketball team opened the season with perhaps the signature win in the program’s five-season history, downing defending Southern Tier Athletic Conference champion Binghamton, 61-56, at Elmira High School on Friday night.
Zaria Thomas led the Express with 22 points. Elmira led 32-21 at halftime.
“Our girls have been working their tails off in practice and our speed helped us all night, from start to finish,” Elmira head coach Jake Dailey said. “We ran, we got breakouts. Our defense turned into easy offense for us and that’s what got us the lead and that’s what kept the lead. We made foul shots at the end to finish.”
Eighth-grader Kiara Fisher added 13 points and eight assists for Elmira. Alexus Boorse scored 10 points and Jaida Washington contributed six points and 10 rebounds.
Maine-Endwell 43, Corning 37: Maine-Endwell built a 29-16 halftime lead and handed visiting Corning a STAC loss.
Olivia LeBaron had 14 points for Corning in the debut for new Hawks head coach Marisa Wolfe. Taylor Herberger added 10 points, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Newfield 47, Notre Dame 36: At Newfield, Sierra Henry scored 21 points to lead the Trojans to an Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Elmira Notre Dame.
Mia Herlan had 10 points for Notre Dame, which fell into a 16-6 hole after one period and trailed 31-17 at the half. The Crusaders dropped to 1-1 and Newfield improved to 2-1.
Waverly 74, Candor 54: Ellie Nittinger scored 30 points to lead Waverly to an IAC road win against Candor.
The Wolverines (2-1) led 38-22 at the half.
Spencer-Van Etten 60, Edison 33: At Spencer-Van Etten, Mackenzie Grube scored 14 points as the host Panthers downed Thomas A. Edison in an IAC game. Lindsay Klotz led Edison with 11 points.
Horseheads 54, Ithaca 37: After leading by one following the opening quarter, defending Section 4 Class AA champion Horseheads used a big second quarter to take control against host Ithaca for a STAC victory.
Horseheads outscored the Little Red (1-1) by a 20-8 margin in the second quarter to open the season with a win. The Blue Raiders are the defending STAC West champions.
The Raiders extended their lead to 48-30 after three quarters behind big scoring efforts from Brewster Marshall and Andrew Clark.
Horseheads plays at Vestal on Tuesday night.
Newfield 53, Elmira Notre Dame 47: At Notre Dame, Cole Banfield scored 15 points and Newfield’s defensive pressure made a difference in an IAC victory.
The Crusaders led by one point late in the first half before two turnovers turned into two Newfield buckets that gave the Trojans (1-1) a 24-21 halftime lead. Two more Notre Dame turnovers to start the second half led to a nine-point deficit.
Derrick Stark led Notre Dame (1-1) with 27 points, including four 3-pointers. The Crusaders were without guard Kyle Minchin, who is out with a sprained ankle.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” Notre Dame head coach Bill Hopkins said. “Newfield’s zone gave us a little difficulty in terms of our decision making out front.”
Notre Dame hosts Oxford on Saturday, with the varsity teams scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Edison 56, Spencer-Van Etten 48: Kevin Harmer scored 14 points as host Thomas A. Edison improved to 1-2 with an IAC victory over Spencer-Van Etten.
Nate Chorney added 11 points for the Spartans and Chris Becker scored 10.
Waverly 67, Candor 29: Jon Ward scored 18 points as Waverly rolled to an IAC win over Candor to improve to 2-0.
Horseheads 112, Binghamton 69: At Horseheads, the Blue Raiders won all but one event against STAC opponent Binghamton.
Kenyon Winkky won the 100-yard backstroke (54.97) and the 100 butterfly (55.48). Shoonshin Li was a winner in the 200 individual medley (2:04.70) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.07).
Maine-Endwell 98, Elmira 62: Maine-Endwell won every event in a STAC victory against the visiting Express.
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