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February 8, 2013

Cats edge Dragons for Preston title

The Daily Star

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Tournament MVP Sarah Haight scored nine points and Sam Maidens had a team-best 16, leading host Davenport to a 50-47 girls basketball victory over Schenevus in the championship game of the Ray Preston Tournament on Thursday.

Haight also had 11 rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats, who placed Maidens on the All-Tournament Team.

Jenna Lutz finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four steals for Davenport (13-2), which gave Preston his 617th career victory. Preston stands two wins shy of tying retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn for the most girls basketball victories in New York.

Lutz hit two foul shots with 6.9 seconds left for the final margin. Kassie Jeffers also came through late at the foul line, sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 27.3 seconds left to give Davenport a 48-47 lead.

“It’s a great win for us,” Preston said. “Schenevus is a great team.”

All-tournament picks Sierra Bentley and Sarah Mellor paced the Dragons, with 18 and 12 points, respectively. Ceara Marlow contributed a team-best nine rebounds for Scheenvus, which trailed at halftime, 30-23.

Upper Delaware Division champion Davenport hosts Delaware League rival Hunter-Tannersville at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, then closes its regular season Monday at Downsville.

UV 54, B-G 42

Amanda Off scored a game-high 22 points to help Unadilla Valley advance to the Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament championship game.

Teammates Taylor Davis and Jenn Elliot contributed eight and seven points, respectively, for the top-seeded Storm (14-1), who jumped to a 27-18 lead at halftime.

“We got to the line and made our foul shots,” said UV coach Brandi Backus, whose team made 17 of 21 attempts at the foul line.

Taylor Palmatier scored 12 points for fourth-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford, which received 10 points from Abbey Smith.

“She shot the lights out,” Backus said of Palmatier.

UV will face Unatego in the MAC 1-4 title game at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Oneonta State. Second-seeded Unatego (14-3) beat No. 3 Harpursville, 54-50, in Thursday’s other semifinal.

Stamford 43,

Margaretville 24

Cassie Ehrhart scored a varsity-best 15 points to lead host Stamford to a Senior Night victory in the Delaware League.

Ehrhart also had 14 rebounds, nine steals and five blocks for the Indians (9-7, 8-5), who outscored the Blue Devils, 27-11, in the second half.

“She had a pretty good overall game on Senior Night,” Stamford coach Lonnie Nickerson said. “We started off slowly because there were a lot of emotions.”

Erin Hull scored a game-high 17 points for Stamford, which also received six points, six assists, six steals and 11 rebounds from Kim Freer.

Tess Svoboda’s eight points paced Margaretville.

Stamford is at Windham on Monday.

SK 53, Jefferson 23

Kayla Craft hit five three-point field goals en route to a game-high 31 points as Delaware Mountain Division champion South Kortright cruised to a Delaware League victory on the road.

“She was just on fire,” Jefferson coach Scott Valens said of Craft. “She would just catch the ball, pull up and shoot a three. I only remember her missing one. She came to play tonight.”

Elissa Starheim had a triple-double of 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks for the J-Hawks (6-9, 5-8), who visit Andes on Monday.

Roxbury 64, Gilboa 61

Ten of Kennedy Faraci’s game-high 30 points came in the fourth quarter as Roxbury earned a Delaware League victory on Senior Night.

Shannon Sprague’s tying shot with 11 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. Allyce McIntosh contributed 19 points for the Rockets (11-6, 10-5), who rallied from a 37-30 halftime deficit.

Brooke Koerner scored 26 points for Gilboa, which also received three three-pointers and 11 points from Shelby Oliver.

H-T 43, Windham 27

Sarah Murin scored a game-high 14 points and Sam Dibbell had 11 to lead Hunter-Tannersville to a Delaware League victory on the road.

Keily Linger’s eight points paced the Warriors (0-15), who host Stamford on Monday.

Laurens 43, Edmeston 37

Taylor Kessler scored 14 points to lead host Laurens to a Tri-Valley League victory that marked its first win of the season.

Claire Fraser contributed 11 points for the Leopards, who rode a 17-12 fourth quarter to the triumph.

Savanna Fistrowicz scored 14 points for the Panthers, who were outscored from beyod the three-point arc, 15-0.

Laurens closes its season Monday against visiting Morris.

Downsville 32, Andes 23

Kaileen Townsend scored five of her team-high nine points during a 9-2 third-quarter run that helped Downsville to a Delaware League win over Andes at Roscoe.

It was Coaches vs. Cancer night.

Ashley Bivens and Samantha Bingay had eight points apiece for the Eagles (7-8), who will host Gilboa on Saturday.

Sam Falco had 14 points to lead Andes.


Chenango Forks 43, Oneonta 41

C.J. Melvin capped a game-high 22-point night by hitting a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of Chenango Forks’ Southern Tier Athletic Conference road victory.

“It was a synopsis of our season,” Oneonta coach Jerry Mackey said. “We have no answer on the perimeter for anyone with quickness and we can’t defend the three-point line.”

The Yellowjackets (6-10), who won’t play in sectionals, had three looks at a tying basket but couldn’t convert. Mackey said his team missed an 8-footer and two more attempts on putbacks before the final buzzer.

Senior Alec Picinich scored a team-high 15 points.

“He’s answered the call all season long,” Mackey said of Picinich. “From start to finish, he’s been our best player. It’s too bad we couldn’t put enough pieces around him.”

Mitchel Couch contributed nine points for OHS, which will play host Marathon at 5 p.m. Wednesday before Oneonta High’s girls host a STAC semifinal against Maine-Endwell or Binghamton.

Morris 72, Brookfield 62

Levi Decker scored 12 of his 23 points in the opening quarter, which ended with Morris ahead, 28-9, en route to a non-league road win.

“He was hot in the first quarter and then he got into foul trouble and Mike DeLuca took over,” said Morris coach Dave Sander, whose team improved to 14-1.

DeLuca finished with a game-high 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Mustangs, who took a 37-30 lead into halftime.

Skylar Maricle contributed 12 points for Morris, which will celebrate Senior Night on Monday with a home game against Tri-Valley League foe Laurens.

Jake Cowen’s 21 points paced Brookfield, which received 14 from Preston Riley.

Edmeston 69, Laurens 56

Brandon Fallon scored his varsity high of 26 points _ 18 coming before halftime _ to lead host Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Nick DeVries contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds. DeVries scored 10 points in the final quarter to help the Panthers seal it.

“They put on a press in the fourth quarter and we handed it pretty well,” Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. “We got some easy buckets.”

Edmeston (7-9) will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Monday on Senior Night.

Jared Conklin (14 points), Ryan Holmes (12) and Mitchell Barra (11) scored in double figures for Laurens.