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March 4, 2013

Unatego girls no match for Hornets

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Well, as Harpursville scored the first eight points, Drummond and Medovich scored fastbreak layups. Espy Gutierrez opened the scoring on a putback, another theme as the Hornets pursued offensive rebounds aggressively.

Medovich also hit a wide-open 17-footer off a kick-out from Drummond during the early stretch. The Hornets had plenty of quality looks in building a 33-21 halftime lead.

But perhaps the biggest difference was Drummond, a junior forward who scored 27 points.

When Harpursville lost, 54-50, at Unatego in a MAC semifinal, Drummond sat close to half the game in foul trouble. This time, she stayed away from fouls and showed why she’s widely regarded as the best player in the MAC.

She hit eight field goals, with seven coming in the paint. Drummond continually attacked the basket and scored or set up her teammates for easy looks.

“Outside shots are a lower percentage than when we drive,” said Drummond, who helped the Hornets advance to the Class C state final as a freshman. “We had to get to the basket. That’s what we wanted.”

Added Bonczkowski: “She was clearly the best player on the floor.”

It appeared Unatego might have a chance to get back into this one when Manzanero and sophomore Cassidy Newman scored on old-fashioned three-point plays 15 seconds apart in the second quarter.

Manzanero, who became the fourth Unatego girl to exceed 1,000 varsity points this season, scored on a putback and was fouled. Newman then received a pass from Mannina and scored in transition as she was fouled. Her free throw made it 29-21 with 2 ½ minutes left in the first half.

But Harpursville, which has scored at least 53 points in all four of its sectional victories, scored the final four points of the half and after the early threes by Drummond and Medovich in the third quarter, the Hornets led, 39-23. Unatego trailed by at least 14 points the rest of the way.

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