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February 24, 2014

Unbeaten SK, Franklin to meet in semi

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Seniors Jordan Beers and Marisa Cawley scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to lead third-seeded Franklin to a 49-32 victory at home over No. 11 Morris in a Section Four Class D girls basketball quarterfinal Saturday.

“Morris threw some different defenses at us and we were constantly adjusting to that,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said. “I thought our girls did a good job adjusting.”

Beers scored six points in the first quarter as Franklin took a 12-4 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Beers hit a three-pointer from about 10 feet behind the arc to give the Purple Devils a 23-14 lead at halftime.

Beers and Cawley accounted for all of Franklin’s points during an 11-5 third-quarter run. Beers scored seven points, including another buzzer-beating three-pointer that extended Franklin’s lead to 34-19.

Beers also had 16 rebounds and five assists, and Cawley finished with 10 rebounds.

“We had a big advantage on the boards. We had a 49-27 rebounding advantage,” Dutcher said. “We really held them to one shot and I thought that was key.”

Alexis Forgit had eight points to lead Morris, which finished its season at 12-7. Three of Morris’ losses came against Franklin.

Franklin’s victory sets up a matchup pitting unbeaten squads.

The 18-0 Purple Devils, the defending sectional champions, will face 19-0 South Kortright at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Oneonta State.

“I’ve scouted them a couple of times,” Dutcher said. “It’s definitely a team you have to be prepared for defensively. A lot of people talk about their offense, but their defense creates offense for them.”

As for handling the pressure SK is sure to apply Wednesday, Dutcher said having Beers in the backcourt will be helpful.

“She can break through a double- or triple-team, but we’ll put together a game plan,” he said. “It’ll take a team effort to beat them, but I’m confident we’ll be able to compete.”

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