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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL: ELMIRA OPENS WITH WIN OVER M-E (20 PHOTOS) (2023-12-01)

Southern Tier Sports Report
OWEGO — Freshman Mariah Matias had a game-high 18 points and the Elmira girls’ basketball team opened the season with a 59-39 win over Maine-Endwell in the semifinals of the Charlie Sibley Memorial Tournament.

Along with the 18 from Matias the Express got 13 points each from Ellie Clearwater and Ashaya Wallace, while Laila Burchard had eight points.

“A little opening game jitters to start, but a 19-2 third-quarter showed us what we want to look like this year,” Elmira coach A’Don Allen said. “But, always nice to open the year with a win.”

Elmira led 28-26 at the half, but used a 19-2 third quarter to pick up the win.

Caitlyn Wagner had four points for Elmira and Miley Baker finished with three points.

Matias and Clearwater had six points each in the big third-quarter run and Wallace had five points, with a three in the quarter.

The Express play Owego, who beat Ithaca 58-34, in the final at 6 p.m. on Saturday night.
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PHOTOS BY ANTHONY GROSS

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