Greene Girls Capture UV Tournament Title
Published: December 30th, 2021
By: Patrick Newell

Greene girls capture UV tournament title Pictured are Greene’s girls’ basketball team, led by Coach Dave Gorton, following Wednesday’s Unadilla Valley title win. (Submitted Photo)

Unadilla Valley Tournament

Greene 57, Unadilla Valley 35

NEW BERLIN -  Greene picked up where it left off in the fourth quarter from Tuesday night's win over Windsor.

In the finals of the Unadilla Valley Tournament, Greene remained unbeaten with a vintage offensive and defensive performance.

"We shot the ball great tonight," said Greene coach Dave Gorton. "One section of the second quarter, we had four 3s from four  different players. We're very excited about the offensive execution we had."

Greene raced to a 17-3 first-quarter lead, and built the advantage to 38-13 at halftime.

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The Trojans only allowed three free throws in the first quarter, and didn't give up a made field goal until 10 minutes had passed.

"The defense was suffocating," Gorton said. "We wound up getting a lot of good double teams, and forced them into tough shots and turnovers."

Payton Yahner led Greene (6-0) with 15 points, and younger sister Abby Yahner had 10.

Jaiden Schrag scored 12 points to top UV's scorers.

Greene plays at Bainbridge-Guilford on Tuesday.

Greene (6-0): Emma Rice 3, Olivia Kennedy 7, Cassie Butler 7, Abby Yahner 10, Payton Yahner 15, Natalie Scofield 2, Claire Flanagan 2, Paige Estabrook 4, Lyla Biefeldt 7. Totals:  FG-21, FT 10-16-57.

Unadilla Valley (2-6):  Jaiden Schrag 12, Kadence York 5, Keona Courtright 5, Lily Parker 9. Totals: FG-12-, FT 11-16-35

Score by quarters

Greene  17  21  13  6--57

Un. Vall   3  10    5  17-35

Three-point goals: Greene 5 (P. Yahner 2, Biefeldt, Butler, Rice). Unadilla Valley:  None.

All-tournament team:  Kadence York, Unadilla Valley; Jaiden Schrag, Unadilla Valley; Payton Yahner, Greene; Abygail Shaver, Sherburne-Earlville; Autumn Helstein, Windsor; Olivia Kennedy, Greene (MVP).


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Oxford 54, Edmeston 45

EDMESTON - As it has all season, Oxford bounced back quickly from a loss.

Holding a four-point lead over host Edmeston entering the fourth quarter, the Blackhawks (5-3) reestablished command starting the period on an 8-0 run.

Madalyn Barrows canned a three to start the fourth, Ella Kelsey and Barrows added buckets, and Ava Benjamin sunk a free throw to create a 43-31 lead.

"We struggled with turnovers, which was a combination of scrappy defense by Edmeston, and a little rust from the light schedule over the past week," said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. "Madalyn really shot well from inside the three-point line, and anchored the defense. Ava Benjamin, Kyla Kelsey-Jones, and Naiomi Smith did a nice job on the boards, and Ella had a good second half of scoring."

Barrows finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five steals to lead Oxford. Ella Kelsey chipped in with 14 points.

Oxford (5-3):  Madalyn Barrows 30, Ella Kelsey 14, Ava Benjamin 4, Kyla Kelsey-Jones 2, Naiomi Smith 2, Madison Long 2.  Totals: FG 21, FT 10-19-54.

Edmeston:  Molly Rifanburg 13, Abby Bateman 10, Arissa Bolton 5, Emma DaBreau 4, Lena Greene 4, Haylie Lund 3, Brynn Rifanburg 2, Avery Bolton 2, Marissa Galley 2.  Totals: FG-19, FT 6-8-45.

Score by quarters

Oxfd.   8   20  7  19--54

Edm   8   9  14  14--45

Three-point goals:  Oxford 2 (Barrows, E. Kelsey). Edmeston 1 (M. Rifanburg)


Harpursville 31, Bainbridge-Guilford 26

HARPURSVILLE - Bainbridge-Guilford was not able to sustain a promising first-half offensive performance and Harpursville squeaked out a five-point win over the Bobcats (0-4) on Wednesday.

B-G led 21-18 at the half on the strength of Taylor Kazmirski's 11 points.

Harpursville, though, held the Bobcats to just two second-half field goals and five points.

Ghia Medovich and Abby Lyon scored eight points apiece to lead Harpursville.

Kazmirski wound up with 14 to lead all scorers.

B-G (0-4):  Taylor Kazmirski 14, Jayslin Henderson 2, Danielle McEntee 2, Johnna Henderson 4, Abigail Wambacher 4. Totals:  FG-10, FT 3-3-26

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Harpursville:  Chelsea Merrill 7, Jaylyn Merrill 3, Abby Lyon 8, Ghia Medovich 8, Sarah Young 2, Caidence Ryder 3. Totals: FG-14, FT 2-9-31

Score by quarters

Harp.  9   9  7  6--31

B-G  12  9  3  2--26

Three-point goals:  Harpursville 1 (C. Merrill). Bainbridge-Guilford 3 (Kazmirski 3)



Greene 60, Unadilla Valley 50

NEW BERLIN - Greene salvage a split in the Unadilla Valley tournament winning the consolation game over the host Storm on Wednesday afternoon.

The Trojans' Liam Flanagan caught fire from behind the three-point arc canning five 3s in the second half, including four in the fourth quarter, on his way to a game-high 25 points.

William Dunlap also had a pair of treys in the second half to aid the Trojans' second-half performance.

Sophomore Joel Vielandi totaled 13 points and Dunlap added 12 in the victory.

Unadilla Valley was within four points entering the fourth quarter led by the scoring of Colin Gilbert and Zach Fleming. The Storm duo finished with 17 and 16 points respectively.

Greene (2-2):  Liam Flanagan 25, Joel Vielandi 13, Jaden Eroshevich 2, Aiden Pickard 6, Bill Dunlap 12, Trevor Ketcham 2. Totals: 

UV (1-6):  Zach Fleming 16, Colin Gilbert 17, Zach Smith 5, Trason Murray 4, Trent Marinelli 8. Totals:  FG-15, FT 15-24-50

Score by quarters

Greene  12  14  13  21--60

UVall    14   10   11  15--50

Three-point goals: Greene 7 (Flanagan 5, Dunlap 2). Unadilla Valley 5 (Fleming 3, Smith, Marinelli)

Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team

Jerell Stokes, Norwich (MVP): Keegan Franklin, Norwich; Preston Eaves, Sherburne-Earlville; Taylor Gryzmkowski, Sherburne-Earlville; Zach Fleming, Unadilla Valley; Liam Flanagan, Greene.


Fabius-Pompey 53, Otselic Valley 39

FABIUS - Fabius-Pompey picked up the offense in the second quarter, and extended the lead to double digits in the third quarter in a win over Otselic Valley on Tuesday night.

Grayson Wallace had 14 points in the middle two quarters for F-P, and finished with a game-high 22. Ryan Heselden added 10 in the victory.

The bulk of OV's offense came from Levi Lyon and Braeden Davis as the duo each scored 14 points.

F-P:  Ryan Heselden 10, Grayson Wallace 22, Alex Stanley 7, Jesse Pilcher 3, Brian Purcell 1, Joseph Carr 10. Totals: FG-23, FT 5-10-53

OV:  Drew Sibila 2, Levi Lyon 14, Braeden Davis 14, Cole Warren 7, Thomas Stanley 2. Totals:  FG-14, FT 7-16-39

Score by quarters

OVall  9  14  8  8--39

F-P    8  18  16  11--53

Three-point goals: Otselic Valley 4 (Lyon 2, Davis 2); Fabius-Pompey 2 (Haselden, A. Stanley)