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January 12, 2013

Spartans stun Hornets, 51-44

Staff Report

Unatego shared the wealth for a priceless girls basketball victory Friday night.

Senior point guard Sarah Mannina scored a season-high 15 points, Casey Manzanero contributed 13 and Marissa Woodard fell three points shy of a double-double as the host Spartans defeated state-ranked Harpursville, 51-44, in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

“One of the things we talked about coming into the game was that we needed a balanced effort offensively,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, who also received eight points from Kayla Talbot in helping to offset a 30-point night for the Hornets’ Miranda Drummond. “We really executed our offense well. They played man-to-man the whole game and we had a whole bunch of different sets we use against man.”

Woodard grabbed 12 rebounds for MAC front-runner Unatego (7-2, 5-0), which received eight assists from Mannina and seven rebounds from Manzanero.

Mannina also keyed the victory over the state’s ninth-ranked team in Class C with solid defense on Savannah Murray, who finished with seven points.

“Coming into the game, you know about Drummond and Murray,” Bonczkowski said. “They’re both averaging right around 20 points per game. Our defensive goal for tonight was to try to make Drummond and Murray earn everything they got, make them work every possession.”

Drummond still finished with a game-high 30 points, on 10 field goals (three threes) and 7-for-16 shooting from the foul line.

“She’s a good player,” Bonczkowski said. “She’s clearly one of the top players around. She’s going to get her points, but I’m very proud we made her earn every one of them. She didn’t have a lot of open looks and most of her shots were contested. If there’s a kid who can get 30 when you’re paying that much attention to her, she’s good.”

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