Oxford clinches one of four MAC playoff spots

Girls’ Basketball

Oxford 57, Hancock 27

OXFORD – On senior recognition night, Oxford raced to a 14-1 lead in the opening quarter to win its eighth straight game on Thursday. The Blackhawks improved to 9-2 in league, and will occupy either the second, third or fourth seed in next week’s Midstate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Playing little more than half the game, Haley Witchella led the Blackhawks with 21 points, and Jackie Heggie added 13. Kayla Golden, one of four Oxford seniors, added a season-high eight points.

“We wanted to come out and get a jump them early,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “We believed we were the better team, and we were able to come out and do what we wanted to do.”

Oxford’s seniors honored before the game were Witchella, Golden, Ginny Burdick, and Allie Nelson.

Hancock: Jordan Geer, 0 3-4-3, Kortni Figura, 1 2-6-4; Bri Kravetsky, 0 2-4-2; Cassandra Letosky, 2 2-2-7; Lindsay McGraw, 2 0-0-6; Sayla Kane, 1 1-2-3; Ashley Banicky, 0 0-0-0; Stephanie Caucci, 0 0-0-0. Totals: 7 10-18-27 .

Oxford: Emily Smith, 0 0-2-0, Allie Nelson, 2 0-0-4; Ginny Burdick, 2 0-0-5, Jackie Heggie, 5 3-4-13, Julie Heggie, 1 0-0-2; Kayla Golden, 4 0-0-8; Lacey Barry, 1 0-0-2, Brooke Noble, 1 0-0-2, Haley Witchella, 10 0-0-21. Totals: 26 3-6-57.

Han. 1 9 9 8–27

Oxfd. 14 20 14 9–57

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (O) Witchella, Burdick, (H) Letosky, McGraw 2. Officials: Dadamio, Berg.

S-E 52, Mount Markham 30

WEST WINFIELD – Sherburne-Earlville moved one victory from clinching a tie in the Center State Conference beating Mount Markham on the road Thursday night.

Briana Vibbard had 10 points in the opening half as S-E jumped out to a 32-11 lead. Vibbard had 12 points and six steals, while Cassie Beaver led the Marauders with 13 points. Vibbard’s point total was her varsity high. “We’ve been asking Briana to look for her shot more because she is more than capable of putting it in the basket,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan. “She played great defense tonight, and this scoring can only help us down the road.”

Four other players had at least six points for the balanced Marauders, who host Cooperstown on Monday. “Everyone got a lot of minutes tonight, and it was nice to see other people in the scoring column,” Mulligan said.

S-E: Sierra Morris, 0; Briana Vibbard, 4 3-3-12; Jordan Van Althuis, 3 0-0-8; Caitlynn Adams, 2 2-4-6; Karly Wagner, 3 0-0-6; Bridget Irwin, 2 3-3-7; Katherine Robertson, 0; Cassie Beaver, 4 5-5-13. Totals: 18 13-15-52.

MM: Stacy Collins, 1 0-0-2; Stephanie Carnegie, 0 0-2-0; Jenna Waite, 0; Brianne Scanlon, 2 1-2-5; Megan Pearson, 0; Angela Bartlett, 0; Tori Roberts, 10 3-5-23; Morgan Westbrook, 0. Totals: 13 4-11-52.

S-E 15 17 8 12–52

MM 3 8 10 9–30

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (SE) Vibbard, Van Althuis 2. JV: S-E won 37-32.

Greene 34, Sidney 20

GREENE – Greene held Sidney to just two field goals in the second half to earn a win Thursday night.

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