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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.

Cassidy Newman scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for 14th-seeded Unatego (9-10) in the matchup of MAC teams. Marissa Woodard finished with 12 points and also 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who received 13 points from Samantha Pickaard.

‘‘They had to work hard for the win,’’ Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski said. ‘‘I could not be prouder of a team. This was clearly one of our better efforts. They played with a lot of heart and pride.”

Harpursville will host No. 6 seed Newfield (12-5) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference at 7 p.m. Saturday. Newfield topped 11th-seeded Unadilla Valley of the MAC, 56-49, on Wednesday.

“They are very good,” Hornets coach Kurt Ehrensbeck said. “They remind me of Seton. They are extremely fast. We have to come ready to play.”

B-G 34, Greene 19

Rebecca Reyes scored all eight of her points in a 14-2 third quarter that lifted host Bainbridge-Guilford to a first-round win in the Section Four Class C Tournament.

Five of Taylor Palmatier’s nine points also came in the third period for the fifth-seeded Bobcats (13-6), who took a 16-10 lead into halftime.

“We finally hit a couple of shots,” said B-G coach Bob Conway, whose girls eliminated a fellow Midstate Athletic Conference team. “We’ve been playing good defense for most of the year. For the most part, our defense was solid. We didn’t give them many opportunities.”

Katie Carey’s eight points paced 12th-seeded Greene (9-10).

B-G advanced to a sectional quarterfinal at fourth-seeded Elmira Notre Dame (14-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Newfield 56, UV 49

Emily Converse’s 13 points led three double-digit scoring efforts for 11th-seeded Unadilla Valley of the Midstate Athletic Conference, but the Storm exited the Section Four Class C Tournament in the first round.

Taylor Davis contributed 12 points and Hannah Lazarus had 10 points and 12 rebounds for UV (9-9), which faced a 27-24 deficit at halftime.

Mariah Crawford had a game-high 14 points for the sixth-seeded Trojans (12-5) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, who outscored UV, 17-8, in the third period.

Sierra Henry had 13 points and Mariyah Bird scored 10 for Newfield, which will visit third-seeded Harpursville on Saturday for a sectional quarterfinal.

CLASS DMorris 47, Davenport 37

Haley Wist finished with a game-high 16 points and a team-best 12 rebounds to lead 11th-seeded Morris to a upset victory over No. 6 host Davenport in a Section Four Class D Tournament opener.

Wist had six points, including a 4-for-6 effort from the foul line, in the fourth quarter, when the Mustangs of the Tri-Valley League outscored the co-Delaware League champion Wildcats, 14-6.

‘‘She’s the one you can’t put on the line,’’ Davenport coach Ray Preston said.

McKenna Hungerford had 11 points and Lexi Bookhout and Alexis Forgit contributed 10 apiece for Morris, which rallied from a 25-23 deficit at halftime.

Hungerford, Bookhout and Forgit also grabbed eight rebounds apiece.

Jenna Lutz amassed a team-best 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Davenport, which ended its season at 13-5.

SC 57, Laurens 36

Courtney Sherry scored a game-high 13 points, but 16th-seeded Laurens fell to top-seeded Southern Cayuga of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Emily Kopp scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half for the Chiefs (16-2), who held a 34-16 lead at the break.

“A lot of her points came in transition,” SC coach Ed Heslop said. “Tonight, she was the person on the break.”

Adrianne Torea contributed 10 points for SC, which received nine from Sydney Cullen and eight apiece from Jessie Kopp and Alex Hetherington.

Lindsay Laing had seven points for the Tri-Valley League’s Leopards, whose season ended at 10-8.

Southern Cayuga will host ninth-seeded Afton in a sectional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Franklin 50, Delhi 14

Marisa Cawley finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tri-Valley League champion Franklin to a victory over visiting Delhi of the Midstate Athletic Conference in the first round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Mariah McNeilly contributed a varsity-high 16 points for the Purple Devils (17-0), who got a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals from Jordan Beers.

McNeilly scored eight points in the opening quarter, which ended with third-seeded Franklin ahead, 16-4.

Mercedes Wakin scored a team-best four points for the 14th-seeded Bulldogs, whose season ended at 7-12.

Franklin will host T-V rival Morris at 6 p.m. Saturday in a sectional quarterfinal. Morris, which is seeded 11th, upset sixth-seeded Delaware League co-champion Davenport, 47-37.

Afton 29, Roxbury 26

Ashley Rogalski scored a team-high eight points to lead ninth-seeded Afton of the Midstate Athletic Conference to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Bailey Sherman put the Crimson Knights (10-9) ahead for good with a tiebreaking three-pointer late in the fourth quarter, when Afton outscored the eighth-seeded Rockets, 15-10.

“We got a couple of steals, but we just couldn’t capitalize on it,” Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci said.

Stacey Sprague’s game-high 10 points paced the Rockets of the Delaware League, whose season ended at 12-6.

Both teams struggled at the foul line, where Afton finished 12-for-27 and Roxbury shot 8-for-19.

Afton advanced to a sectional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday at top-seeded Southern Cayuga.

CV-S 57, Hancock 37

Jordan Loucks scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

The Patriots (12-5) outscored Hancock, 15-4, in the second quarter to take a 14-point lead into halftime.

‘‘We were able to score a lot of fastbreak points,’’ Cherry Valley-Springfield coach Tim Dubben said.

Maddie Archer and Olivia Hull each contributed 10 points for CV-S, which will play South Kortright or Downsville in a sectional quarterfinal Saturday.

Megan Hunter scored 12 points to lead Hancock.

Schenevus 54, H-T 31

Sierra Bentley scored a game-high 17 points, including three three-pointers, to lead host fourth-seeded Schenevus to a first-round victory in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

‘‘She’s pretty consistent,’’ Schenevus coach Tim Walke said of Bentley, who scored eight points in the first half.

Sarah Mellor had 11 of her 15 points in the first half as Schenevus took a 29-16 advantage into the break. Mellor also grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds for Schenevus (14-4), which will host fifth-seeded Milford in an all-Tri-Valley League sectional quarterfinal Saturday.

Milford edged Schenevus by one game for the Tri-Valley League East Division championship earlier this month.

Taylor Firmalino scored 14 points and Sam Dibbell contributed nine for Hunter-Tannersville (9-8), which entered the tournament as the No. 13 seed.

Milford 49, Gilboa 35

Maddy Zenir scored a game-high 18 points to lead fifth-seeded host Milford to a first-round win in the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Zenir had Milford’s first eight points, helping the Wildcats to a 13-4 lead after one quarter.

“She didn’t get too many short ones,” Milford coach Jim Weir said.

Mataiah Waters scored eight points, including two threes, for the Wildcats, who got eight assists from Kaley Chase and eight rebounds from Taylor Olmsted. Addy Lawson returned from an injury suffered during Milford’s T-V championship loss to Franklin and had five assists and two points in limited minutes.

Milford (14-5) will travel to fourth-seeded Schenevus on Saturday for a sectional quarterfinal.

Downsville at SK

Wednesday’s first-round sectional game between Delaware League rivals Downsville and host South Kortright was rescheduled to 6 p.m. today. Downsville (9-8) is seeded 15th. Delaware League co-champion South Kortright (17-0) is the No. 2 seed.