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March 4, 2013

Franklin rides Beers to first sectional crown

ONEONTA — The first half belonged to Morris on Saturday at Oneonta State.

Jordan Beers owned the second.

Junior point guard Beers scored 24 of her game-high 33 points after halftime, leading the Franklin girls basketball team to a 51-37 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Morris in the Section Four Class D championship game.

“The first half, we did a good job containing her and letting some other people shoot the ball,” said Morris coach Rhoda Flint, whose seventh-seeded Mustangs (15-5) scored the first six points of the final en route to an 18-17 lead at halftime. “The second half, that’s the thing about Jordan. She can bring it on whenever she wants and she did that in the third quarter. When she goes from one end to the other, you just can’t stop her.”

Beers highlighted Franklin’s 14-5 third quarter with 12 points — on two three-pointers, a pair of transition layups and a baseline drop-in. She scored the last seven points of the period, which ended with the top-seeded Purple Devils (20-0) ahead, 31-23.

“The girls worked their butts off in practice this week and she’s just good,” Flint said. “You take away her drive, she just pulls up and hit’s a fade-away jumper. I don’t know. She’s just good.”

Beers capped her performance with 12 more points in the fourth quarter. She followed two end-to-end transition layups — one off a steal and another off a defensive rebound — with an 8-for-10 effort from the free throw line that helped keep Franklin ahead by double digits for the majority of the period.

“Jordan on the breakaway is lights out,” said Franklin coach Mike Dutcher, whose program won its first sectional championship. “She’s either going to score or get fouled or both.”

Beers also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including seven in the fourth quarter.

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