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January 3, 2013

3rd-quarter run lifts Gilboa

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Shelby Oliver scored 13 of her varsity-high 22 points during a 27-point third quarter as Gilboa beat visiting Downsville, 64-49, in a Delaware League girls basketball game Wednesday.

The junior guard had three of her four three-point baskets in the third quarter as the Wildcats outscored the Eagles, 27-15.

“She just got hot, and she lit it up,” Gilboa coach Melinda Koerner said.

Sara Coons scored 17 points, and Brooke Koerner contributed 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Gilboa (6-3, 4-2), which is at Windham on Friday.

Leigha Latourette scored 14 points and Samantha Bingay had 11 points to lead Downsville.

Unatego third in Fla.

Unatego celebrated New Year’s Eve with a win, 39-18, over Seven Rivers, on Monday in the Magenta Bracket consolation game of the KSA Events Holiday Tournament in Buena Vista, Fla.

Unatego went 2-1 in the three-day tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, losing only to the eventual bracket winner, Benjamin School of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

“I think it was a great experience for the team and the girls,” Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski said. “It is not every day that a high school team gets to travel on an airplane and go to Florida to play in a first-class facility. The ESPN complex is incredible. A lot of college campuses don’t have that kind of facility. We practiced in the HP Fieldhouse, which hosts the men’s NCAA Division I basketball tournament many years.

“For the girls to have that experience,” he continued, “is something I think they will remember for a long time. The whole aspect of traveling as a team, I think is something that will help bring them together.”

Against Seven Rivers, of Lecanto, Fla., Casey Manzanero scored a game-high 18 points and Sarah Mannina had nine points for Unatego.

On Dec. 29, Benjamin School beat Unatego, 50-47, when Riley Burke made two free throws with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

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