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February 23, 2013

Morris knocks off defending champion SK

Staff Report

Morris stopped the South Kortright Sectional Express on Friday night.

Kelsea Webster scored a game-high 18 points and McKenna Hungerford finished with a double-double as the Morris girls basketball team knocked off two-time defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright, 45-37 in overtime, during the quarterfinal round.

“It was a combination of things,” said SK coach Josh Burroughs, whose program reached the state semifinals in each of the last two seasons and three of the last four. “At the very start of the game, they had more intensity. We came out a little flat.”

Second-seeded SK (19-1), which entered the game as the state’s top-ranked team in Class D, took a 17-12 lead into halftime after outscoring the Mustangs, 11-2, in the second quarter. Morris followed with a 10-4 edge in the third quarter to set up a wild fourth.

“We went back-and-forth and traded a few baskets,” said Burroughs, whose team won the Delaware League title this season. “We shot horribly from the floor – 15-for-20 – and we got outrebounded. Morris beat us on the glass and we didn’t match their intensity.”

The Rams’ Tori Rockefeller capped the scoring in regulation by making a layup with 30 seconds to go. SK got the ball back and set up Kayla Craft for a last-second shot from the baseline that missed.

Webster then scored five points in the extra period, when Morris outscored the Rams, 10-2.

“They got easy buckets inside the paint,” Burroughs said. “Their defense never allowed us to get into any rhythm.”

Hungerford finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Mustangs (14-4), who advanced to a sectional semifinal against third-seeded Davenport (17-3) on

Tuesday at Oneonta State.

Craft had 12 points and Miquela Hanselman scored 10 for SK, which received seven points and 11 rebounds from Kayla Warycha.

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