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Penn Yan girls fall to Newark

PENN YAN—The Penn Yan varsity girls basketball team faced Newark, Dec. 11, and lost, 50-36.
“The game was close the whole way until the Reds pulled away in the fourth quarter scoring 15 points,” said Coach Erin Cunningham.
The Mustangs ended the first quarter one point ahead with 9-8. Newark scored more points in both the second and third quarters to take the lead. In the final quarter, Penn Yan only scored four points to Newark’s 15. Kate Disbrow led the mustangs with 13 points and Rachael Roddenbery had nine rebounds.
The girls basketball team plays again at Marcus Whitman, Dec. 15.
The varsity girls basketball team beat Livonia, Wednesday, Dec. 9, in a hard fought final quarter.
The Mustangs prevailed 30-29 in the home game. Penn Yan trailed in the second and third quarters, but led by one point by the end of the first quarter.
Penn Yan tied with Livonia, in the final quarter at 19-19. After that, the Mustangs took the lead, and at one point were ahead by nine points. However, Livonia worked to close the gap until the score was 30-29. In the last 30 seconds of the game, Livonia took back control of the ball after a free throw and unsuccessfully tried to score. The Mustangs also had the chance to score with a free throw shot with .8 seconds left in the game, but it also failed.
Cunningham called the game “very intense,” especially the final quarter. She said the girls really know how to retake the lead at the end of the game.
Penn Yan’s highest scorer that night was Roddenberry, with 13 points. Of those, 11 were in the final quarter alone. Chelsie Travis had 10 points and Brianna Bush had four.

Boys basketball
Penn Yan’s varsity boys basketball team lost to Geneva, Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Geneva had the lead at the end of every quarter, and won the game 62-42. By the end of the first quarter, the game was close, 9-4 in Geneva’s favor. However, by half-time, the gap between the teams had widened. Penn Yan trailed 29-17.
At the end of the third quarter, Geneva still had the lead, 43-30. Though the Mustangs tried, they did not make the comeback needed to close the point gap completely. However, near the end of the final quarter, Penn Yan’s Dylan Force scored two three-point shots. Geneva won 62-42.
 



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