Jenna Richmond nailed three 3-pointers and scored 13 points Wednesday night as the three-time defending Section 4 Class AA champion Horseheads girls basketball team opened its season with a 50-48 victory over Vestal in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game at Horseheads Middle School.
The Blue Raiders tied the score at 48-48 when Mia Strollo stole the ball and scored on a layup. Marianne Cites then gave Horseheads its first lead of the night with about a minute remaining by hitting two free throws. Tatum Benesh blocked a Vestal shot with about six seconds to go and grabbed the rebound and dribbled the clock out.
Benesh had 10 points and five assists. Cites had six points and nine rebounds, and Rachel Stermer contributed eight points and five steals.
Horseheads graduated its top three scorers from last season’s 18-5 team.
“The whole persona of the team really came together in the end,” Horseheads head coach Andy Scott said. “They’re used to winning ballgames and looking around and there’s no (Amanda) Schiefen and (Marlea) Nolan and (Katie) Reasons. The last two minutes they had five steals. That was huge. They really clamped down defensively and put themselves in a position to win. … It was awesome. A good team win for those guys.”
Alani Gallagher led Vestal with 15 points.
Horseheads takes on Owego at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Drago Tournament at Oneonta High School.
Waverly 48, Newfield 40: Hunter Bodine scored 15 points to lift Waverly to a home win over defending Section 4 Class C champion Newfield in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference contest.
The Wolverines took command in the opening quarter, outscoring Newfield 11-3.
Corning’s Madden signs with St. Bonaventure: Corning senior pitcher Danny Madden recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Division I St. Bonaventure, his high school announced.
Madden had a 6-1 record and 1.57 ERA last season to lead Corning to its second straight STAC West title. The left-hander was a sixth-team Class AA all-state selection.
He also plays basketball and football for the Hawks while maintaining a 90.5 grade point average.
“I chose St. Bonaventure because it feels like home and will be a great place to continue my athletic and academic opportunities,” he said in a press release.
Corning 96, Vestal 82: Reid Cagir won the 500-yard freestyle, the 200 freestyle and contributed to a victory in the 200 freestyle relay as Corning opened its season with a STAC victory against visiting Vestal at Corning-Painted Post High School.
Other individual winners for the Hawks were Steven Jiang (50 freestyle), Logan Bunch (diving) and Alex Wang (100 butterfly).
Corning 5, Elmira 0: At Crystal Lanes in Corning, Anthony Evans bowled a 674 series to help the Hawks start their season with a STAC victory against Elmira. Derik Lisi added a 668 series for the Hawks.
Nick Bolt led Elmira (0-1) with a 591.
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