ONEONTA — Jordan Beers loves her job.
Junior point guard Beers finished with game-highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds Saturday, helping the Franklin girls basketball team to a 56-48 victory over Schenevus in the Tri-Valley League championship game at Oneonta State.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” said area scoring leader Beers, who extended her school record for all-time varsity points to 1,756 while leading the Purple Devils to their second straight league title. “I’ve been (playing basketball) my whole life and I enjoy it, so I’m going to continue doing it.”
Beers started the scoring with a pull-up jumper 28 seconds into the final en route to 10 points in the opening quarter, which included two of her three three-point field goals. Despite her efforts, though, Schenevus (11-5) held a 15-14 lead with 55 seconds left in the period after Ceara Marlow scored on a putback.
Franklin (16-0) closed the period with back-to-back inside baskets from Marisa Cawley and Mara Stalter, sparking a 15-0 run that ended when Schenevus’ Sierra Bentley hit a deep, baseline shot with 3:30 left in the first half. That spurt featured another three-pointer, another pull-up swish and two free throws from Beers, whose 20 first-half points helped Franklin to a 35-24 lead at the break.
“Jordan’s by far the best girl in Class D basketball,” said Schenevus coach Tim Walke, whose team lost despite double-digit scoring efforts from Taylor Spranger (14 points), Sarah Mellor (11), Bentley (11) and Marlow (10). “She can do it all.”
Walke personally delivered that message to Beers before she hobbled off the court after the game.
“He says he has a lot of respect for me and likes the way I play,” said Beers, whose left ankle was heavily taped because she rolled it during Wednesday’s regular-season finale, a 49-17 rout of Gilbertsville-Mount Upton. “That means a lot, hearing it from an opposing coach.”