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STAC GIRLS BASKETBALL: OWEGO LOOKS TO BATTLE DESPITE TOUGH SCHEDULE (2023-12-01)

Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO — The Owego girls basketball team faces a tough schedule this season, starting with Class AA Ithaca, a school with more than twice the enrollment.

“Playing a difficult regular season STAC and non-league schedule which includes Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Susquehanna Valley and newcomer Waverly, all of which can compete for the Class B title, according to coach Luke McEvoy.

With the addition of a sixth classification, the River Hawks bump up to Class A, but do return some veteran players.

At the front of the pack is 5-foot-6 junior point guard Madison McEvoy, who set a school record for 3-pointers last season. She led Owego in scoring, assists and steals. McEvoy was a STAC Central/East all-conference pick and a second-team All-Section IV BCANY selection.

The Hawks have several key returners back, including seniors Ava Brown and Cassie Doane at forward and Taylor Dalton at guard. Junior guard Lexi Herceg will see plenty of action as well.

Owego brings in some talented younger players in 5-foot-6 sophomore forward Stella Palladino, 5-3 freshman guard Ashlyn Dalton and 5-6 guard Jenna McEvoy, an 8th-grader.

The Hawks graduated just one starter in STAC Central division all-star Maddie Bennett, the team's No. 2 scorer last season.

The Hawks went 12-9 overall, falling to Waverly in the Section IV Class B quarterfinals. They were 12-8 during the regular season with a 6-4 conference record.

Coach McEvoy hopes “to be as competitive as possible day in and day out, while improving to a point to compete at a high level during Class A sectional play.”

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IN PHOTO: Owego’s Ava Brown. ... TCSR STOCK PHOTO.

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