The Daily Star
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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.
Along with Lutz’s big night, Sarah Haight had 13 points and five steals, Kassie Jeffers contributed four points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Sam Maidens had nine points and 10 rebounds.
“We were not playing well early (in the season),” said Davenport coach Ray Preston, whose 616 victories are three shy of tying retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn for the all-time state record. “We were winning, but we weren’t playing well. I feel good we’re playing better now.”
Davenport (12-2, 10-2) led, 25-8, at halftime. The Wildcats had five players score in each of the first two quarters.
Of his team’s defense, Preston said: “I thought we did some good things. We mixed up defenses and people who had certain assignments did well.”
The Wildcats will face Mountain Division winner South Kortright in the crossover final at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at SUNY Delhi.
On Thursday, the Wildcats will host Schenevus in the final of the Ray Preston Tournament at 6:30 p.m.
SK 58, Andes 17
Four three-pointers highlighted a 28-point night for Tori Rockefeller, who led the host Rams to a Delaware League victory.
“When she’s shooting well, she’s not only putting points on the board, but she’s opening things up inside for (Kayla) Craft and (Miquela) Hanselman,” South Kortright coach Josh Burroughs said. “It’s nice to see Rocky shooting the ball again. She’s also using her speed and turning mistakes into points.”
Rockefeller also had five steals. Craft had 16 points and six rebounds, and Brianna Laing finished with 10 points.
Hanselman didn’t score but finished with seven rebounds, five steals and five assists.
“Each and every game the girls have shown progress,” said Burroughs, whose team has advanced to the Class D state semifinals the past two seasons. “The No. 1 thing on our team is to defend and over the course of the year, we’ve defended better. We have a nice balance between scorers and ballhandlers, and all of them buy into the defensive system and play together.”
Shianne Coss had eight points for Andes.
SK (16-0, 14-0), champion of the Mountain Division, will play at Jefferson on Thursday.
Roxbury 36, Downsville 29
Kennedy Faraci’s 19-point included an 8-for-11 showing from the free throw line and host Roxbury rallied in the fourth quarter to win in the Delaware League.
Shannon Sprague scored five of her seven points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets outscored Downsville, 14-4.
“She gave us a little spark with a couple of steals that went for layups,” Roxbury coach Lisa Faraci said of Sprague.
Kaileen Townsend had 10 points to lead the Eagles.
Roxbury (10-6, 9-5) will host Gilboa on Thursday.
H-T 44, Stamford 40
Half of Sam Dibbell’s 14 points came in the fourth quarter, when host Hunter-Tannersville rallied for a Delaware League victory.
Dibbell scored on a two fastbreak layups with one leading to an old-fashioned three-point play in the fourth period. Sarah Murin capped a game-high 21-point night by going 3-for-5 from the line in the fourth quarter, when the Wildcats outscored Stamford, 17-11.
Murin scored 16 points in the first half as H-T took a 25-19 lead. Stamford took a 29-27 lead into the final quarter by outscoring H-T, 10-2, in the third quarter.
“I think Stamford is one of the best teams in the league,” H-T coach Nate Jones said. “Our team defense won the game.”
H-T (10-5, 7-5) will travel to Windham on Thursday.
Kim Freer’s 14 points paced Stamford.
Edmeston 48, Morris 46
An 18-5 fourth-quarter run fueled by freshman Sydney Smith helped host Edmeston to a surprising Tri-Valley League victory.
Smith scored 11 of her team- and varsity-high 18 points over the final eight minutes. She scored the final four points of the game from the free throw line, the last two coming with three seconds left. Both trips to the line came after Smith made steals.
“We were just pressuring the ball and trying to get a steal without fouling,” Edmeston coach Russell McCall said of the late steals.
Shelby McCall contributed nine points for the Panthers (7-8, 4-7).
“I just told my team to keep fighting and we made some shots we needed to make,” coach McCall said. “We didn’t give up.”
Kelsea Webster had a game-high 22 points for Morris.
Greene 58, Sidney 30
Kaitlyn Smith went 5-for-7 from behind the three-point arc and scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half to lift host Greene to victory in a first-round game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.
The Trojans (11-5), who will host Afton in the 5-8 final next Tuesday, led, 39-15, at halftime.
Kelsey Decker had 10 points for Sidney, which will play at Hancock in the 5-8 consolation game next Tuesday.
Greene will oppose Susquehanna Valley at 4:30 Saturday in the final of its Christmas Tournament.
Afton 41, Hancock 29
Shakari Coss scored a game-high 14 points and had seven steals to lead Afton to a home victory in the first round of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.
Coss missed her varsity-high by one point. That also came against Hancock earlier in the season.
The Crimson Knights (10-7) led by two points at halftime before outscoring Hancock, 12-2, in the third quarter to take control.
“I thought we played a lot better defense,” Afton coach John Simonds said of his team’s third-quarter run. “I told them we have to pressure the ball. They were making passes too easy and we got after them.”
Ashley Rogalsky contributed eight points for Afton, which will play Greene in the 5-8 title game Tuesday.
CV-S 44, Milford 39
Host Cherry Valley-Springfield, which was led by Maddie Archer’s 16 points, overcame a Milford rally in the fourth quarter to win in the Tri-Valley League.
CV-S entered the third quarter up, 38-22, but the Wildcats outscored the Patriots, 17-6, in the fourth. Milford closed to three points with 35 seconds left.
But Archer scored in the lane with 13 seconds left to restore CV-S’ lead to five.
Archer also contributed 17 rebounds for the Patriots (8-6, 6-5), who will play at Worcester on Friday.
Milford was led by Addy Lawson’s game-high 21 points.
Cooperstown 48, Hamilton 33
Cooperstown remained perfect in the Center State Conference, winning on the road behind Liz Millea’s game-high 16 points.
Sumer Murdock contributed 12 points and four steals for the Redskins (15-2, 9-0). Eight of her points came in the first quarter, which ended with Cooperstown leading, 19-6.
Nicole Cring contributed nine rebounds and Millea finished with five steals.
The Redskins face Sauquoit on the road Monday.
Jefferson 50, Gilboa 45
Elissa Starheim finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead host Jefferson (6-8, 5-7) to a Delaware League victory.
Shania Steenburgh contributed 15 points and 15 rebounds to the victory. Starheim and Steenburgh were 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Jefferson next hosts South Kortright on Thursday.
Richfield Springs 27
Taylor Spranger scored 13 points to lead Schenevus (10-3, 10-2) to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.
The Dragons trailed, 6-2, after one quarter. Then they outscored Richfield Springs (3-12, 2-10), 17-6, in the second quarter. Spranger had nine points in the second period. She finished with 10 rebounds.
Ashley Fuller had nine points to lead the Indians, who will travel to Milford on Friday.
Hancock 55, Afton 44
Rick Parsons scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Afton dropped a first round matchup in the Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 Tournament.
Hancock outscored the Crimson Knights, 16-7, in the fourth quarter to pull away from a two-point game. Tyler Phillips scored 11 of his game-high 20 points over the final eight minutes.
Matt Olin had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson Knights (3-14, 2-10).
Section Four Alpine
Windham swept the Section Four Alpine Ski meet at Hunter Mountain.
Aidan Cohane and Mattie Seamans paced the Warriors’ boys and girls teams with first place times of 31.20 and 35.66, respectively. Six of the top 10 boys and eight of the top 10 girls finishers were from Windham.