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February 27, 2014

Franklin shuts down top-ranked SK

By Dean Russin

Sports Editor

ONEONTA — Jordan Beers just wanted to have fun Wednesday night.

It’s safe to say the area scoring leader had a blast then.

Senior guard Beers finished with a game-high 24 points, the bulk of her damage coming in the first half, to lead the Franklin girls basketball team to a 39-30 Section Four Class D semifinal victory over South Kortright in a battle of undefeated state-ranked powers at Oneonta State.

“It was a great, great game,” said Beers, who brought a 25.5 points-per-game scoring average into a sectional semifinal that featured two of the state’s best teams — top-ranked South Kortright against third-ranked Franklin — going head-to-head for a chance to face Southern Cayuga in the Section Four Class D championship game Saturday back at O-State.

“Everyone was looking forward to it,” Beers continued. “During the day, we were all excited just to come out and get a chance to play. Give them a lot of credit, they’re a tough team — very athletic and very quick and they can hit the outside shot. They deserve to be here just as much as we do. Just a fun game to play.”

Beers opened the festivities by driving down the left side of the paint for a transition layup with 6 minutes, 48 seconds to go in the first quarter.

The second-seeded Rams (19-1) answered with back-to-back baskets from Brianna Laing, who then found Tori Rockefeller for a pull-up off the glass and a 6-2 lead about a minute-and-a-half later.

Another Beers lay-in on a drive through the left seam pulled Franklin to 6-4, but Laing followed with another assist as Savannah Hobbie scored from the right block with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter to restore the Rams’ four-point edge.

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