Maine-Endwell junior Daniella Dean was at her well-rounded best Friday night in a 68-61 Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball victory at Elmira.
To go with a 36-point total that bested her previous high by nine, Dean added 10 rebounds, six steals and three assists. She’d scored 27 in a handful of games this season.
“It was good to see from her. It was her defense that led to the majority of her points,” Spartans coach Kyle Skinner said. “If you can believe it, it was a really quiet 36 points.”
Elmira made it interesting with a 27-point fourth quarter that included four 3-point goals from Zaria Thomas, who accounted for all of her team’s six from outside the arc in a 26-point night. But Dean’s efforts along with the interior work of Chloe Parker and Kyesha Talerico were too much to overcome.
Seton Catholic Central 60, Owego 39: At SCC, the Saints took a 30-18 lead after the first half and clinch the Central Division title.
Hanna Strawn scored eight of her 12 points in the second quarter, when Seton CC outscored the Indians by 18-9. Strawn, Lexus Levy and Faith Kenville combined for four 3-pointers during that period. Senior Lauren Miller scored a game-high 16 points. Kim Lavender led the Indians with 11 points.
The Saints (14-2, 12-1 STAC) host Horseheads in the STAC semifinals Wednesday.
SV 69, JC 50: At Johnson City, SV’s 1-2 punch of Erin Nolan and Shayna Lee proved too much for the hosts. Nolan’s play inside landed her 23 points and Lee fired in six 3-point goals — at least one in each quarter — on her way to 21.
Chenango Valley 54, Windsor 40: At Windsor, Chenango Valley took a 17-10 lead after the first quarter as Dani Forbidussi, Olivia Trumino and Chelsea Henige each hit 3-pointers. Trumino led all scorers with 12 points and Forbidussi chipped in 10.
S-VE 62, Groton 35: At Spencer-Van Etten, the Panthers concluded a 7-12 season with Dallia Rorick’s 29-point showing including three 3-point goals that helped stake the hosts to an 18-5 lead through one quarter.
Owego 62, Seton Catholic Central 49: At Owego, senior Brandon Hathaway scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Indians (4-13) avenged an earlier loss to Seton Catholic Central. A Saints victory would have left them tied atop STAC’s Central Division with Johnson City and necessitated a tiebreaker.
Hathaway, a 6-foot-6 guard, moved into third place on the Indians’ all-time scoring list on Senior Night. Ethan Ripic and Chris Riley drained three 3-pointers apiece in the victory.
Horseheads 59, U-E 53: At Horseheads, Devonte Gaskins scored four of his 12 points in overtime to help the Horseheads close the regular season with a win. Horseheads head coach Jeff Limoncelli said Gaskins had about five rebounds in the extra period. Foster Clark led Horseheads (12-5, 11-3 STAC) with 19 points. Ben Clark and Sean Paul Owen had 13 each.
West champion Horseheads plays at East champ Norwich in a STAC semifinal Wednesday. The winner plays either Binghamton or Johnson City in the title game Feb. 20.
Chenango Valley 72, Windsor 69: At Chenango Valley, Kolby Ross hit two free throws with about a minute remaining in overtime to lift the Warriors.
Chenango Valley started the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead, but Windsor’s Nate Wrighter hit a jumper and a free throw, tying the game at 63 with 16.4 seconds left. CV called timeout but missed a shot at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
The Warriors trailed 69-65 with two minutes left in overtime, but Caleb Hertzog cut the lead to a point by sinking a 3-pointer from the wing. The Black Knights were held scoreless the rest of the game, and Ross was fouled driving the basket, leading to the winning shots.
Hertzog finished with 24 points, seven in OT, while Mark Mullins added 18 along with six assists. Marc Latini led Windsor with 25 points, 17 in the first half, and Wrighter followed with 15.
WP 60, Waverly 40: At Whitney Point, Gabe Shrauger scored 10 of his 20 in the opening quarter as the Golden Eagles took a 22-10 advantage on their way to a victory that completed a 17-0 regular season.
Shrauger closed with 12 rebounds and Sean Kelly 11 for the Point, which will oppose Watkins Glen for the IAC’s Large School title Thursday at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Groton 59, S-VE 49: At Groton, Paul Brecht poured in 22 of his 29 points after halftime for the hosts, and teammate Nate Ossit collected 14 rebounds.
Trumansburg 68, Elmira Notre Dame 56: At Trumansburg, sophomore Austing Grunder scored 39 points to go with 20 rebounds to lead the Blue Raiders. Darius Garvin led Elmira Notre Dame with 29 points.