The Daily Star
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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.
Schenevus 51, Worcester 40
Sierra Bentley hit a season-high six three-point field goals en route to a game-high 20 points as Schenevus won a home game in the Tri-Valley League.
Bentley made four threes in the opening quarter, accounting for 12 of the Dragons’ 14 points on Senior Recognition Night. Schenevus started Bentley, Ceara Marlow, Sarah Mellor and Kassie Jeffers, as well as exchange student Nadine Geckert of Switzerland, to honor its seniors.
Jen Walke sank two threes and finished with 10 points for the Dragons (13-4, 9-4), who took a 27-16 lead into halftime.
Cierra Ralph’s 15 points paced the Wolverines, who went 14-for-22 from the free throw line.
Schenevus is off until the Section Four Class D Tournament.
Camden 65, Cooperstown 59
Maggie Hall scored a team-high 18 points, but visiting Cooperstown dropped a Center State Conference game.
The Hawkeyes (12-6, 7-3) fell behind, 36-25, at halftime but rallied to tie the score at 39 on a three-pointer by Hall late in the third period.
‘‘We came out a little flat, but it was a big comeback after a two-hour bus ride on a Monday,’’ Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said.
Camden regained the lead in the fourth quarter and maintained it until the end. Lucy Ford blocked a shot and went end-to-end for a three-point play that cut the Hawkeyes’ deficit to 61-59 with 1:10 left, but Cooperstown failed to completely close the gap.
Kiersten Leos went 4-for-4 at the foul line down the stretch to cap a 29-point performance and secure the victory for Camden. Leos finished with nine field goals and shot 10-for-12 from the foul line for Camden, which received 14 points from Hayley Kelley.
Ford amassed 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Hawkeyes, who got 11 points, seven steals and six assists from Liz Millea.
Cooperstown will wait until Wednesday to learn its seeding in the Section Three Class C Tournament.
Downsville 67, Jefferson 37
Kaileen Townsend scored 10 of her game-high 24 points in the first quarter to lead visiting Downsville to a Delaware League win.
Leigha LaTourette scored nine of her 20 points in the opening quarter, which ended with the Eagles ahead, 29-5.
Emily Wenner’s 10 points paced Jefferson, which finished the season with a 4-12 record.
Afton 59, G-MU 30
Payton Cutting scored 11 of her 13 points in the first quarter to lead host Afton to a non-league win.
The Crimson Knights (8-9) held a 23-10 lead after one quarter.
Cutting also grabbed 12 rebounds for Afton, which received 17 points from Ashley Rogalski and 16 from Shakari Coss.
Mackenzie Talbot scored a team-best 11 points to pace Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Afton hosts Delhi at 6 p.m. today in the consolation game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 Tournament.