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February 19, 2013

Seniors lead Storm to first MAC title


The catalyst for UV’s running game was Anderson, a speedy guard who always plays with her head up and has a soft pull-up jumper to boot.

She scored or assisted on six of the Storm’s eight first-half baskets.

Her three-pointer from the left wing a minute into the second quarter cut UV’s deficit to 10-9.

A minute later, Davis hit a 15-foot pull-up jumper to make it 11-10, a lead the Storm would maintain the rest of the way.

Anderson then scored in transition and was fouled by Mannina. Her free throw made it 14-11 with 5:42 left in the quarter. Twenty-two seconds later, Anderson was fouled while attempting a fastbreak layup and she hit both free throws.

“Our team has a lot of weapons,” Anderson said. “We were able to get out and run the floor and that’s what we do best. Our coach told us to push the ball and that’s what we did.”

After a Mannina free throw stopped the run, Anderson found Off, who hit a baseline jumper to make it 18-11.

When Off scored on a putback 2:41 before halftime, UV led, 19-11.

But Unatego closed the half on a 7-2 run.

Robin Foster hit an 8-footer from the right block and Mannina turned a steal into a layup.

After Anderson hit a driving layup, Manzanero scored her milestone basket. She hit a three off the dribble from right of the circle for her fifth point of the day and her 1,000th over four varsity seasons.

“It’s also a tribute to all the girls who set screens for her and a lot of those assists on those baskets came from Sarah Mannina,” Bonczkowski said of Manzanero, who joined Lynn Jackson, Erika Puffer and Colleen O’Hara as 1,000-point scorers for the Spartans. “They’ve been playing together on varsity for four years. It’s an individual accomplishment, but it’s also something the team can be proud of.”

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