STAC GIRLS' BASKETBALL: ELMIRA GETS OFF TO FAST START AS THEY TOP HORSEHEADS (24 PHOTOS) (2022-01-20)
Southern Tier Sports Report HORSEHEADS — The last time the Elmira girls faced Horseheads they got off to a slow start and were never able to recover.
The Express made sure Wednesday was a lot different.
Elmira jumped out to a big lead in the first half and defeated Horseheads 63-44 in a battle of state-ranked teams.
“Good win for us,” Elmira coach A’Don Allen said. “Last time out, Horseheads dictated the game. Today we played more like Elmira does.
“Our aggressive defense keyed a fast start. We did a better job getting scorers open and had better movement. We also got contributions from other kids tonight. So much better effort tonight.”
Jalea Abrams led the Express with 19 points, while Payton Ross had 13 and Lauren Miller gave Elmira three players in double figures with 10 points.
Megan Fedor had six points and 11 rebounds and Amarionah Dixon continued her recent strong play with eight points and 11 boards.
Elmira held Horseheads to 17 first-half points and led 19-8 after one quarter.
Khamiah Indman had four points for Elmira and Amiah Driscoll finished with three points, while Ja’Nyah Harris added two points.
Freshman Emma Kamas had perhaps her best game of the season, scoring a season-high 10 points with three threes in the game.
Madisyn Matkosky finished with seven points for Horseheads in the game.
Sophia Bonnell, Alexis Guzylak and Eva Koratsis had six points each for the Blue Raiders.
Emma Romanski finished with five points and Molly Wolf added four points for the Blue Raiders.
Both teams are teaming up to raise money for the fight against Type 1 Diabetes. Players wore Hoop for the Cure warm-ups, which are available for purchase with the proceeds being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and donation tables were also set up. The fundraiser also happened the first time the two teams met in Elmira. —— IN TOP PHOTO: Elmira’s Payton Ross puts up a shot. . . PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES