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January 29, 2014

Unatego girls rally past Knights

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Cassidy Newman scored eight of her varsity-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and host Unatego overcame a four-point halftime deficit en route to a 45-40 Midstate Athletic Conference girls basketball victory over visiting Afton on Tuesday.

Newman also had 10 rebounds.

“Afton really did a nice job of playing full-court defense,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, whose team trailed, 22-18, at halftime. “In the second half we really settled down and executed offensively.”

Marissa Woodard contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans, who benefited from a 6-for-6 showing from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

“It’s one of those things you work on in practice and it feels good to see that hard work pay off,” Bonczowksi said.

Ashley Rogalski paced the Crimson Knights with 18 points, including two three-pointers.

Unatego (8-6, 6-4) will play at Unadilla Valley on Thursday in a rematch of last year’s MAC final that the Storm won.

Franklin 57, Laurens 30

Just like that, Jordan Beers is No. 2 on the Section Four girls basketball scoring list.

The Franklin senior scored her season high of 40 points in leading unbeaten Franklin to a Tri-Valley League win at home. That gave Beers 2,220 points over six varsity seasons.

She passed Odessa-Montour graduate Stefanie Collins and Candor grad Megan Shay on Section Four’s all-time list. Shay finished with 2,205 points, one more than Collins.

“I think work describes it,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers, who also had 13 rebounds. “She works hard at her game and she’s a product of that work. She scored 40 tonight. It’s amazing.”

The only person in front of Beers on the Section Four scoring list is Hannah Kimmel, a 2011 Harpursville graduate who finished with 2,692 points.

Beers scored 15 points in the first quarter in leading the Purple Devils to a 19-7 lead. She hit three of her five three-pointers, two driving layups and two free throws in the quarter.

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