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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.
“It’s hard and emotional,” Burroughs said. “Win or lose, you’re still graduating some seniors. Over time you’re building relationships with the girls, and it was tough to see their faces after this one.”
Marissa Cawley and Jordan Beers scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, to lead top-seeded Franklin to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory at home.
Beers was held to three field goals but went 15-for-18 from the foul line, contributing to a 17-for-21 team effort.
“It was a pretty physical game,” said Franklin coach Mike Dutcher, whose team shot 11-for-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Mariah McNeilly keyed the Purple Devils’ defense with four steals. Cawley grabbed 11 rebounds as well.
“We were trying to get the pressure out front,” said Dutcher, whose Devils downed eighth-seeded Schenevus (12-6) in the Tri-Valley League championship game last Saturday at Oneonta State.
Sarah Mellor had 18 points and Taylor Spranger contributed 15 for the Dragons, who faced a 28-20 halftime deficit.
Franklin (18-0) will play fourth-seeded Southern Cayuga (12-8) in a Class D sectional semifinal on Tuesday at Oneonta State. SC beat Interscholastic Athletic Conference rival Marathon, 61-58, on Friday.
Sarah Haight scored a game-high 17 points to lead third-seed Davenport to a home victory over Candor in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Haight’s night included four steals, three assists and two blocks for the Wildcats (17-3), who received 12 points from senior Cassie Wubbenhorst.
“It was not the prettiest win, but we are moving on and at this time of the season, I guess that’s all that matters,” said Davenport coach Ray Preston, who extended his state record for career victories to 621.
The Indians (8-10) played most of the game without leading scorer and point guard Sierra Szwec, who hurt her ankle in the first quarter, Preston said.
“I think that hurt them a little tonight, not having their leader on the floor,” he said.
Rachel Barnhart led the Indians with eight points.
Davenport will play seventh-seeded Morris, who upset No. 2 South Kortright, in a Section Four Class D semifinal game Tuesday at Oneonta State.
“It really does not make a difference who we play at this stage of the season,” Preston said. “Obviously Morris is a quality team with a quality coach and players. I expect a hard fought game on Tuesday.”
SC 61, Marathon 58
Jessie Kopp scored a game-high 19 points to lead fourth-seeded Southern Cayuga to quarterfinal victory over fellow Interscholastic Athletic Conference foe Marathon.
This was the third meeting of the season for the two teams, which had split the previous two games.
Kopp hit two free throws with less than 10 seconds left to cap the scoring. The Chiefs (12-8) also received 17 points and six rebounds from sophomore Adrianne Torea.
“Adrianne had nine points in the first quarter, when we were able to build the 10-point lead,” Southern Cayuga coach Ed Heslop said. “This was a well-played game with a lot of little spurts by both teams. Both teams played their hearts out.”
Alana Holl led Marathon with 16 points and teammate Amanda Horten contributed 15.
Southern Cayuga plays top-seeded Franklin in a Section Four Class D semifinal Tuesday at O-State.
Marathon 54, Afton 36
Payton Cutting scored 15 points Tuesday, but fifth-seeded Afton suffered a first-round upset in the Section Four Class D Tournament.
Ashley Rogalski contributed seven points for the Crimson Knights (8-10), who fell into a 30-20 hole at halftime after getting outscored, 20-9, in the second quarter.
Amanda Horton’s game-high 18 points paced the 12th-seeded Olympians (7-11), who received 13 points from Danielle Peebles.