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February 20, 2014

Sidney girls hang on for 45-41 sectional victory

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Kelsey Decker scored a game-high 19 points and Sidney rode a huge third quarter to a 45-41 Section Four Class C first-round girls basketball victory over visiting Marathon on Wednesday.

The seventh-seeded Warriors (12-7) trailed by four points at halftime before outscoring the 10th-seeded Olympians, 22-9, in the third quarter. Connor Decker scored six of her 10 points, Kelsey Decker hit two three-pointers and Jolene Krom also had a three during the quarter.

“We just started moving the ball better,” Sidney coach Brad Aldrich said. “We were getting the ball inside to Connor. It was just good movement of the basketball and we got on a roll.”

Sidney took a 42-33 lead into the final quarter. But the Warriors wouldn’t make another field goal as Candor went on an 8-3 run over the final eight minutes.

Marathon (9-9), led by Megan Contri’s 18 points, narrowed its deficit to a point.

Aldrich said Jolene Krom hit a free throw, and Kelsey Decker made two free throws with 30 seconds left to give Sidney a four-point lead that the Warriors held onto.

Jolene Krom finished with nine points for Sidney, which will travel to play No. 2 Candor on Saturday in a sectional semifinal.

“I would say they’re comparable to B-G and UV in our league,” Aldrich said of the IAC-affiliated Indians. “We have to play solid the whole way. They’re definitely aggressive and they shoot well. They’re a solid team, but I think we can play with them.”

Harpursville 69, Unatego 48

Miranda Drummond’s varsity-high 41 points led third-seeded Midstate Athletic Conference champion Harpursville to a first-round victory at home in the Section Four Class C Tournament.

The Hornets (19-0) jumped to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter and outscored Unatego, 37-23, in the second half.

Drummond hit four three-pointers and went 11-for-15 from the foul line for Harpursville, which received 13 points from Shelby Medovich.

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