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February 27, 2013

Morris rides fast start to semi victory

ONEONTA — A good start helped Morris to another upset as the seventh-seeded Mustangs topped No. 3 Davenport, 39-32, in a Section Four Class D girls basketball semifinal Tuesday at Oneonta State.

“That has been our nemesis all year,” Davenport coach Ray Preston said after his team outscored Morris in each of the final three quarters but failed to make up a 17-5 first-quarter deficit. “Our two losses to South Kortright, we had two bad first quarters. In big games like that, the team has just started off poorly, and we’ve had to scratch our way back into games.

“I wish I knew what it was,” he continued. “We just have trouble settling down.”

Morris coach Rhoda Flint, whose team upset second-seeded South Kortright on Friday with the help of a strong first quarter, said she wasn’t sure why her team started fast again.

“I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t our best game,” said Flint, whose team has knocked off both of the teams that reached the Delaware League crossover this season, including two-time defending sectional champion SK. “Our team walked off the court knowing we could play much better.

“We had trouble adjusting our defense to their offense,” she continued. “We left the middle open too much and when we would sag in on them, they beat us to the basket.”

Morris guard Kelsea Webster scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the first quarter. Her other six points came during a fourth-quarter run that secured the win for the Mustangs.

“Kelsea had a great game tonight,” Flint said. “She can pretty much do whatever we ask her to do for us. They went to a box-and-one to try to take her out of the game, but we were still able to find a way to get her the ball.”

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