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March 4, 2013

Franklin rides Beers to first sectional crown


“This is our third time playing them and we have pretty much tried every defense that we’ve known to try to stop her,” Flint said. “No one else has been able to do it, either. Every coach I talked to says, ‘We did this and we did that.’ When she graduates next year, I’m going to ask their coach, if he was us, what would he have done?”

Beers helped Franklin to its second consecutive sectional championship of the 2012-13 academic year as the Purple Devils played Morris to a 1-1 tie to earn a share of the Section Four Class D girls soccer title in the fall. Franklin advanced to the state tournament in soccer, too, winning a penalty-kick shootout for the right to represent Section Four.

“It’s a dream come true, it really is,” said Beers, who was quick to praise her teammates. “To just be dominant in basketball and soccer, it’s been fun. This is a great bunch of girls to do it with. I love my team to death and I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else.

“We’re a very athletic team and we proved that in soccer,” she continued. “We have all the same girls and we’re very athletic and we can run. Our goal is to run the other team off the floor.”

Haley Wist’s 10 points and four steals paced Morris (15-5), which upset second-seeded South Kortright and third-seeded Davenport to reach the title game. The Mustangs also received nine points from Kelsea Webster, eight from Amanda Flint and a team-best 10 rebounds from McKenna Hungerford.

“They always give us a good game, no matter what sport,” Beers said of Morris, which received four points apiece from Webster and Flint in a 10-7 first quarter. “It’s always a tough game between Franklin and Morris because they want it as much as we do and they’re just as competitive as we are.”

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