SYRACUSE — One run was more than enough for the Cooperstown girls basketball team Thursday night.
Sumer Murdock scored a game-high 21 points and Alannah Haggerty contributed 17 for Cooperstown, which rode a huge fourth-quarter run to a 59-44 victory over Weedsport in the Section Three Class C championship game at the Carrier Dome.
“I think we got gassed at the end of the third quarter,” said Cooperstown coach Mike Niles, whose team took a 29-18 lead into halftime before getting outscored, 13-9, in the third period. “We got a little rest and we started helping out Liz (Millea) against their press. We started breaking their press and we ended up getting easy layups out of it.”
Abby Marsden’s putback 10 seconds into the final quarter pulled Weedsport (18-4) to 38-33, but that was as close as the Section Three Class C-1 champions got. The Redskins followed with a 19-3 spurt that including a string of 11 straight points and ended when Nicole Cring made a putback with 1:14 left.
“When we get tight, positive things happen,” said Murdock, who sank five three-point field goals in helping the C-2 champion Redskins to their first overall sectional crown since 2008. “Our teamwork comes out and we play well when we’re under pressure.”
Cooperstown (21-2) ended the first quarter with a 16-5 advantage, which included two points from Murdock. The sharp-shooter quickly got hot, though, scoring eight points in a 14-12 second period that kept the Redskins on top at the break.
“Shooting is a process,” said Murdock, who scored six points in the third quarter and five more in the fourth. “Once I get the rhythm down, they seem to go in. I practice my shooting every morning with my dad and I’m always ready to shoot when I get the ball.”
Murdock’s threes offset six by Weedsport, which faced a 2-3 zone for the majority of the title game.