The Daily Star
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Miranda Drummond scored a team-high 21 points Friday to lead visiting Harpursville to a 53-51 girls basketball upset of third-seeded Unadilla Valley in a Section Four Class C quarterfinal Friday.
The Storm trailed by six with less than 30 seconds to play, but Jordan Anderson and Amanda Off scored off steals to cut the Hornets’ lead to two.
Savannah Murray then sank two free throws with 15 seconds to go, but UV’s Jordan Davis hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one seven seconds later.
Murray then made 1 of 2 free throws to cap the scoring with 6 seconds left. The Storm (15-2) failed to get a good look before the buzzer.
Savannah Murray scored 11 points for the Hornets, Tatianna Sosnowsky contributed 10 points and Shelby Medovich had nine.
“Medovich and Sosnowsky had big nights for them,” said UV coach Brandi Backus, whose team won the Midstate Athletic Conference championship last Saturday at Oneonta State with a victory over Unatego. “It may not look it in the scoring column, but they were the key to the game for them.”
Amanda Off scored a varsity-high 25 points for the Storm, who received 15 points from fellow senior Anderson.
“I could not ask anymore of my team,” Backus said. “They played their hearts out and never gave up. Down six points with 30 seconds left and they continued to fight their way back.
“This group of seniors has done so much for our program,” she continued. “They took their lumps early on, but they continued to get better and worked on their games. They should be proud of everything they accomplished in our program.”
Sixth-seeded Harpursville (16-3) will visit second-seeded Elmira Notre Dame (15-3) for a Section Four Class C semifinal Tuesday. The Crusaders advanced with a 42-6 rout of 10th-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday. Statistics were not reported by press time.
Unatego 34, Tioga 24
Robin Foster tied her varsity best of 11 points, four of which came in the fourth quarter, to lead fifth-seeded Unatego past No. 4-seed Tioga in a Class C sectional quarterfinal.
“We played well defensively in the first quarter,” said Unatego Coach Greg Bonczkowski, whose team held the Tigers to two points through the first eight minutes. “We were able to get some easy baskets early.
“If you were going to score a basket, you had to earn it,” he continued. “Both teams played exceptionally hard.”
Bonczkowski said Foster, Marissa Woodard and Cassidy Newman keyed the Spartans’ interior play by grabbing a majority of the rebounds.
Sarah Mannina scored nine points and sank two three-pointers for the Spartans (16-4), who received fourt points apiece from Casey Manzanero and Woodard.
Natalie Burns’ eight points paced Tioga (15-5).
Unatego will host Newfield in a sectional semifinal on Tuesday. Eighth-seeded Newfield (14-5) advanced with a 47-35 upset of top-seeded Lansing (16-3) on Friday.
Lansing 72, B-G 52
Austin Bauerle hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points Wednesday, but 11th-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford lost a Section Four Class C opener on the road.
Bauerle also grabbed 15 rebounds and two blocks for Midstate Athletic Conference-affiliate B-G (10-8), which received 12 points from Brooks Harmon. Corbin Palmer contributed six points, six rebounds and five assists for B-G, which was outscored, 40-17, in the second half.
Ellington Hopkins’ 17 points paced sixth-seeded Lansing of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Thomas Townes contributed 15 points for Lansing (14-4), which received 10 points apiece from Ben Rourke and Jack Stevens. Hopkins hit four threes and Thomas Lange had three for all nine of his points.
Lansing visits third-seeded Elmira Notre Dame (15-3) for a sectional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday.
END advanced Wednesday with a 73-42 first-round defeat of 14th-seeded Delhi (8-10). Ben Denison hit three threes en route to a team-best 12 points for the Bulldogs.