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February 6, 2013

Franklin, Davenport clinch titles

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The girls from Franklin and Davenport clinched division basketball titles Tuesday with convincing victories.

The unbeaten Purple Devils received 30 points from junior standout Jordan Beers in beating Laurens, 55-36, at home. Franklin has a three-game lead over Morris in the West Division of the Tri-Valley League with one game remaining.

Jenna Lutz had 14 points and 16 rebounds as Davenport beat visiting Margaretville, 49-20. The Wildcats clinched the Delaware League Upper Division title when Stamford lost, 44-40 at Hunter-Tannersville.

Davenport has a three-game lead in the division over Stamford and H-T with two games to play.

Franklin 55, Laurens 36

Beers hit three three-pointers and finished with 15 points as the Purple Devils took a 20-9 lead after one quarter.

“She’s a tremendous basketball player,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers, who increased her school record for all-time points to 1,707. “It’s our system. There are a lot of people setting screens and rolling hard to the basket and there are multiple screens (to get Beers the ball). When it’s clicking, there’s definitely a fluency there.”

Beers also had eight rebounds and six assists as Franklin honored its three seniors before the game _ Haley Downin, Lindsay Huyck and Kristin Heidenreich.

Marisa Cawley contributed 11 points for the winners

The Purple Devils (14-0, 12-0) won the Tri-Valley League title last season, beating Worcester, 45-36, to win their first crossover final since 1984.

Dutcher said a key for Franklin as it begins playing of more importance will be its defense.

“A big part with us that makes us go is how we play defensively,” Dutcher said. “The better we play defense, the easier the offense comes. That has to be the message to our team as we play bigger games.”

Franklin will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Friday.

Taylor Kessler had 12 points to lead Laurens.

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