The Daily Star
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Alannah Haggerty scored on a putback with about 10 seconds left to snap a tie as visiting Cooperstown defeated Unatego, 37-34, Monday in a non-league girls basketball game.
Haggerty’s basket gave the Redskins a 36-34 lead. Unatego’s next possession resulted in a turnover and Cooperstown’s Elizabeth Millea hit 1 of 2 free throws with 2 seconds left.
“Based on the score you’d probably think, geez, it might not have been top-notch basketball, but both teams played exceptionally hard and played good defense,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, whose team returned all five starters from a year ago. “Sometimes, good defense shuts down the offense. Both teams played with a lot of energy and they made a key basket or two at the right time. It could have gone either way. We had plenty of looks at the offensive end. If a couple of those go in, it could have been a different outcome.”
The Spartans (1-1) took a 25-17 lead into halftime. Casey Manzanero scored 11 of her game-high 13 points in the opening half for Unatego.
But Cooperstown limited Unatego to nine points after halftime. Nicole Cring scored all but one of her 10 points in the second half.
“The thing that really hurt us I thought was they got a lot of second-chance opportunities,” Bonczkowski said. “The Cring girl is around 6 feet and Haggerty is 5-9 or 5-10.”
Sumer Murdock had a team-high 11 points for Cooperstown (3-0), which trailed, 34-31, with about two minutes left.
Cooperstown missed its next shot but grabbed the rebound before kicking it out to Murdock, who hit a tying three-pointer.
Manzanero missed an open look from 12 feet on Unatego’s next trip, setting up Haggerty’s go-ahead basket.
Marissa Woodard contributed eight points for Unatego, which plays host to Walton on Friday.
Afton 46, Cincinnatus 24
Payton Cutting scored a game-high 17 points and Shakari Coss finished with 12 points as Afton won a non-league game on the road.
Coss hit three three-pointers for Afton, which led, 28-16, at halftime.
The Crimson Knights (3-1) travel to Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday.
H-T 40, Margaretville 19
Sam Dibbell scored 10 points to lead Hunter-Tannersville to victory in the championship game of the Margaretville Booster Tournament on Saturday.
Taylor Dart earned MVP honors for the Wildcats, who placed Sarah Murin on the all-tournament team.
Margaretville’s Sami Hunt pulled down 11 rebounds in the loss. All-tournament pick Tess Svoboda had nine points to pace the Blue Devils, who’ll play at H-T today.
Gilboa 51, Andes 27
All-tournament selection Sara Coons had a game-high 19 points to lead Gilboa to a consolation victory in the Margaretville Booster Club Tournament on Saturday.
Shelby Oliver scored 18 points and Brooke Koerner contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds for Gilboa (4-1), which travels to Andes today.
Kelsey Little, an all-tournament pick, had 10 points for Andes.
Sidney 67, Owego 40
Joe Matzel scored 18 points to lead host Sidney to a non-league victory.
Matzel, who also had nine rebounds, scored six first-quarter points in helping the Warriors to a 31-19 halftime lead.
Billy Kozak had nine of Sidney’s 25 assists.
Hunter Sowersby had nine points, and Mike Cruz and Brandon Walters contributed eight apiece for the Warriors (2-1), who’ll play host to Greene on Friday.
Stamford 64, Roscoe 48
Greg Keating and Greg Mattice had eight points apiece during a 20-9 first-quarter run that helped Stamford to a consolation victory in the Margaretville Booster Club Tournament on Saturday.
Keating and Mattice also had 12 points each by halftime as the Indians opened a 37-21 lead. Mattice also had 11 rebounds and three steals, and Keating had nine rebounds and four steals.
All-tournament pick Erik Ehrhart contributed seven points for Stamford (3-1), which will host Davenport on Friday.
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Caryn Balnis rolled a 580 series that included a 242 game to lead Oneonta’s girls to a 4-1 victory over visiting Windsor in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
The Yellowjackets (4-0) received games of 189 and 180 from Amy Hait and Emily Loucks, respectively.
Mike Moran had a 560 series to pace Oneonta’s boys (2-2), who fell to the Black Knights, 5-0.
The Yellowjackets will travel to Susquehanna Valley on Wednesday.