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January 16, 2013

Beers rallies Franklin basketball past Morris

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Jordan Beers capped a 35-point night by going 5-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter as unbeaten Franklin defeated Morris, 56-51, in a matchup for Tri-Valley League girls basketball powers Tuesday.

Beers, a junior, scored 24 points after halftime, when the unbeaten Purple Devils outscored Morris, 35-24.

“Jordan Beers is an all-around great player, which makes it very difficult to contain her for four quarters,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint wrote in an email to The Daily Star.

Amanda Flint and Kelsea Webster combined for all of Morris’ points as the Mustangs bolted to a 17-9 lead after one quarter. Flint had nine of her team-high 17 points in the first period.

Morris (7-2, 6-1) still led, 27-21, at halftime.

But Beers — a junior averaging better than 25 points — scored 13 points as Franklin went on a 20-7 run in the third quarter to take a 41-34 lead.

“What hurt us in the second half is we went 6-for-16 from the foul line and weren’t able to hit our outside shots,” Flint wrote.

Webster finished with 15 points for Morris, which will host Milford on Friday.

Marisa Cawley had 13 points and 18 rebounds for Franklin, which received eight points from Haley Downin.

UV 51, Harpursville 47

Amanda Off scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half when visiting Unadilla Valley erased a 10-point deficit to win in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Off had nine points in the final quarter as the Storm improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the MAC. Harpursville suffered its second straight MAC loss.

“We played really well in the first half,” Harpursville coach Kurt Ehrensbeck said of his team, which committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. “We played as a team. In the second half, we played as individuals.”

Harpursville’s leading scorer, Miranda Drummond, had 17 points but only three in the second half. Her lone points of the second half came on a three-pointer with nine seconds left that cut the Hornets’ deficit to two.

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