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February 6, 2013

Franklin, Davenport clinch titles


Davenport 49,

Margaretville 20

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.”

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