Leading off today: Binghamton Seton Catholic
scored the first seven points and never trailed Saturday during a 55-47 win over Elmira's girls in the finals of the 19th annual Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.
Elmira was ranked sixth in Class AA and Seton Catholic 11th in Class A last week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The title was the third in a row for the Saints at the tournament and came after they beat Class AA No. 11 Rochester Bishop Kearney on Friday. Hanna Strawn was named tournament MVP after scoring 23 points in the final, and Ava McCann scored 22.
Seton Catholic is coming off a Federation Class B championship last season.
More girls basketball: A 12-3 run in the fourth quarter helped Our Lady of Mercy overcome a late deficit to defeat Liverpool 64-62 in the Hoops for the Hospital Holiday Classic at the SRC Arena.
Mercy began the week 20th and Liverpool 22nd in Class AA. The Monarchs bounced back after a 63-60 loss to unranked West Genesee the previous night.
Six straight points from Kyra Grimshaw (25 points) gave Liverpool a 54-49 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Mercy's Traiva Breedlove (27 points) scored eight points to key the 12-3 run that gave the Monarchs the lead.
Hmmmm, that's different: Jeff Mlinar, the program director at Empire State Takeover, has been giving us a hand with girls basketball rankings information each week this season. If you're a fan of the sport, you really should be following him on Twitter at @NYSTakeover.
Jeff gets out to quite a few games in the course of doing what he does, and his weekly updates to the New York State Sportswriters Association contain some great news nuggets that I'd like to start incorporating into blogs, a topic I'll elaborate upon a little further down.
Here's a an example:
Jeff was at a Binghamton girls game last week. Though he did wonder if they have the depth to stick with Elmira for 32 minutes, he was impressed with what he saw. He also noted that there are times Binghamton might not have to go the full 32.
That's because he reports that the Patriots' 64-62 win over Summit Academy, which he didn't attend, apparently ended with the Brooklyn charter school's coach pulling the team off the court with about 30 seconds to go over a beef with the officiating during the showcase event at Davis College in Johnson City.
Summit, by the way, plays in the PSAL's Brooklyn Class AA league and is 4-6 against a fairly rigorous schedule.
Indoor track: Semper Citius was the story of the day for Section 5 in the Marine Corps Classic at The Armory in New York City.
Senior Lanae-Tava Thomas (Rush-Henrietta) and junior Vanessa Watson (Spencerport) posted impressive performances Friday to close out 2017.
Thomas won the long jump with a leap of 20-2, adding an