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February 11, 2014

Milford girls clinch T-V East title

Staff Report

Maddy Zenir introduced Richfield Springs to her better half Monday.

Zenir scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, helping Milford to a 47-36 girls basketball victory that clinched the Tri-Valley League’s East Division title for the visiting Wildcats.

“She had eight points in the fourth quarter and six in the third,” RS coach Stacey Mayne said of Zenir, who also grabbed a game-best 14 rebounds for her second straight double-double.

Asked if Zenir was tough to stop inside Monday, Mayne replied: “Apparently.”

Zenir was coming off an 18-point, 15-rebound performance in a 49-46 victory over Schenevus on Friday that gave the Wildcats a one-game lead over the Dragons for the top spot in the East with one league game remaining for both teams.

Schenevus beat Worcester, 51-40, on Monday to finish the regular season with a 9-4 T-V record. The Wildcats closed at 10-3 in the T-V, earning their first trip to the T-V championship game since 2007 (46-32 loss to Morris).

Milford will attempt to win its first crossover title since a 40-25 defeat of Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in 2005 when the Wildcats (13-4) play state-ranked West Division champion Franklin (15-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State. Franklin is the two-time defending T-V champion.

On Monday, Addy Lawson contributed 14 points and eight steals for the Wildcats, who took a 19-15 lead into halftime.

“We got it down to four points a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but that’s as close as we got,” said Mayne, who got team-bests of 10 points from Kaity Richvalsky and eight rebounds from Vanessa Miller.

The Indians (8-9, 5-8), who lost their sixth game in a row, honored Jerikah Hext, Morgan Sylvester and Ashley Fuller on Senior Night. They’ll wait to see if they qualify for the upcoming Section Four Class D Tournament, which will take the top 16 teams. The seeding meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night, Mayne said.

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