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February 27, 2013

Beers shoots Franklin into Class D final

ONEONTA _ She outscored a sectional semifinalist.

A vintage performance by junior point guard Jordan Beers sent Franklin to its first sectional final in girls basketball. She scored 38 points to lead the top-seeded Purple Devils to a 70-36 thumping of No. 8 Southern Cayuga in a Section Four Class D semifinal Tuesday at Oneonta State’s Dewar Arena.

Her offensive arsenal appeared to have no limits on this night. From the moment she hit a fade-away 17-footer on the left wing 8 seconds into play to the three-pointer she swished after dribbling right around a screen at the top of the key just before exiting with 1:30 left, Beers had it going.

It’s no wonder the sharpshooter has 1,851 varsity points.

Beers, a fifth-year varsity player, will get a chance to add to that number at 4 p.m. Saturday, when 19-0 Franklin opposes Morris (15-4) back at O-State. The seventh-seeded Mustangs defeated No. 3 Davenport, 39-32, in the second semifinal Tuesday at O-State.

“(Beers is) a tremendous player and she handed it to us pretty good,” said Southern Cayuga coach Ed Heslop, whose team regularly faces Class B and C competition in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. “She’d certainly be one of the top players in our league _ if not the top, certainly one of the top. She had one heck of a game.”

Added teammate Marisa Cawley: “It’s great to watch her. She’s an amazing athlete and a great player. We’re so lucky to have her on the team. She gets points, yes, but she’s also a good team player. If she’s off, then another player is going to be on and when she’s on, we all get her the ball because we know what she can do.”

“On” certainly described Beers’ play Tuesday. She hit 6 of 8 shots from the field in scoring 13 points in the opening quarter. That production included two fade-away jumpers, a poke-away steal she turned into a layup, a putback, a pull-up jumper and a soft 6-footer off glass in transition. Oh, and she also snapped a hit-ahead pass that led to a fastbreak basket by Cawley.

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