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March 10, 2014

Franklin girls stumble in quarterfinal

SYRACUSE — Franklin’s girls, so unbeatable against Section Four competition over the past two seasons, fell for the second straight year in the Class D state basketball quarterfinals to a Section Three team.

Saturday’s loss, a 52-35 setback to Hamilton, marked the final high school basketball game for Jordan Beers. She finished with a game-high 19 points, but like many of her teammates, Beers struggled with her shooting at Onondaga Community College’s spacious gymnasium.

Beers spent six years as a varsity player for the Purple Devils and scored an area-record 2,442 points. That number ranks second in Section Four history — to Harpursville graduate Hannah Kimmel’s 2,692 points — and 21st in New York state history.

“She’s the best player I’ve ever coached,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers, who’ll play next season for Ithaca College. “She is a special player. Not only was she a player who scored lots of points, but she led her team to championships. When you get championships with a high scoring average, you have something special.”

Beers and senior teammate Marisa Cawley accounted for all but one of Franklin’s points. Cawley finished with 15 points and Mara Stalter had the Purple Devils’ other point.

That was in contrast to an Emerald Knights squad that placed four players in double figures. Lauren Weeks and Jess Welsh scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, Hayden Nolan had 11 and Olivia Dow contributed 10.

And though Franklin surrendered a season-high in points and scored a season-low, Dutcher said following the game his team reflected on what it accomplished the past two seasons. Franklin went 20-1 each of the past two seasons, won back-to-back sectional titles — the first two in program history — and three straight Tri-Valley League championships.

“All of our seniors will be missed,” said Dutcher, whose team’s season ended a year ago with a 51-46 loss to Oriskany. “What a great run.”

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