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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.

“She adjusts so well to what the defensive is presenting to her,” Dutcher said of Beers, who fell five points shy of her varsity high. “She has such a knack of knowing how to attack the defense.”

Beers also went 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

Marisa Cawley contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for Franklin, which improved to 11-0 overall and 9-0 in the league play.

Taylor Kessler and Charlotte Lee had 12 points apiece for Laurens.

Davenport 53, H-T 44

Sarah Haight scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter to lead Davenport to a Delaware League victory on the road.

Teammate Jenna Lutz contributed 14 points for Davenport, which outscored Hunter-Tannersville 17-11 in the first quarter.

“They’re a really good team and we missed too many foul shots,” said H-T coach Ryan Funck, whose team went 12-for-40 from the free throw line.

Sam Dibbell paced H-T with 18 points. Taylor Firmalino finished with 11 points and Heather Murin contributed eight.

H-T (7-6, 6-5) will host Margaretville on Thursday.

Morris 46, Edmeston 35

Alexis Forgit scored 12 points, and teammates Lexi Bookhout and Haley Wist each finished with 11 to lead visiting Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Bookhout scored nine of her points in the first quarter as the Mustangs took a 20-12 lead.

“They were really hitting from outside,” Edmeston coach Russ McCall said.

Sydney Smith paced Edmeston with a game-high 14 points, including a 4-for-4 showing at the foul line. Teammate Kelsey Bressett contributed nine points for the Panthers (3-11, 1-9), who will play at Laurens on Friday.

CV-S 54, Worcester 33

Maddie Archer scored a game-high 21 points to help host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Archer had seven points as the Patriots pulled away by outscoring Worcester, 21-9, in the fourth quarter.

Teammate Lauren Loucks contributed 12 points for the Patriots (11-4, 8-3), who will host Schenevus on Friday in a key East Division game.

Jessica Peeters led Worcester with 13 points, including two three-pointers.

Gilboa 34, Jefferson 26

Kendall Thorington scored eight of her 11 points in the first quarter in helping Gilboa to a five-point lead and the Wildcats went on to a Delaware League victory.

Makayla Foster scored a game-high 14 points for Gilboa.

Emily Wenner had eight points, and Shania Speenburgh finished with eight rebounds and six steals for the J-Hawks (3-10), who will host Roxbury on Thursday.

Sidney 50, Oxford 30

Sidney defenders limited the visiting Blackhawks to seven first-half points en route to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.

“We did pretty well,” Sidney coach Brad Aldridge said of his team’s defense. “We went man-to-man and pressured them, especially in the first quarter.”

The Warriors (10-5, 10-0) led, 10-0, after one quarter. Bethany Karl and Kelsey Decker then combined to score 17 points as Sidney outscored the Blackhawks, 22-7, in the second quarter. Karl had eight of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter. Decker finished 18 points.

Karl also had 14 rebounds for Sidney, which will face fellow MAC unbeaten Harpursville on Friday on the road.

“They’re good,” Aldridge said. “They move the ball well.”

Deposit 52, Walton 25

Haley Linkroum scored her season-high of 22 points and also had eight steals to lead host Deposit in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Linkroum scored eight points in the second quarter when the Lumberjacks extended a 9-8 lead to 23-12.

Catherine Bush contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for Deposit (4-11), which will travel to Afton on Friday.

Destyni Twman, an eighth-grader, had season highs of eight rebounds and eight points for Walton, which will visit Hancock on Friday. Janine Velardi contributed 10 points for the Warriors.