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February 19, 2013

Seniors lead Storm to first MAC title


That basket cut the Spartans’ deficit to 22-18 heading into the third quarter.

Elliott scored all five of her points in the first 1:27 of the third quarter. She hit a long two-pointer and then hit a three-pointer from the baseline, that basket making the score, 27-18, with 6:33 left in the third quarter.

But Unatego stayed close.

When Cassidy Newman scored inside with 1:40 left in the quarter, the Spartans trailed, 31-26.

Marissa Woodard’s putback 20 seconds into the final quarter made it a three-point spread.

UV responded with four straight points. Corrine Izard, who suffered a left ankle injury with 6:11 left and did not return, hit two free throws with 6:34 left and Off scored inside with 4:52 to play to make it 35-28.

Manzanero, who scored 26 points in Unatego’s 55-52 regular season loss to UV, hit a free throw with 4:35 to play and Kayla Talbot swished a 12-footer with 3 ½ minutes remaining as Unatego closed to 35-31.

But Manzanero fouled out with 3:13 left.

That started a 4-0 Storm run that all but ended things. Off hit 1 of 2 free throws after Manzanero’s fifth foul, Anderson did likewise with 2:28 left and Anderson ended the run on a pull-up jumper with 2:14 to play.

“It’s huge for the program,” Backus said of winning the UV’s first MAC title in girls basketball. “These girls have been hard-core basketball for the last three to four seasons, so it’s nice to see them get rewarded. It kind of sets a standard for the younger girls.”

The third-seeded Storm will take a 14-game winning streak into a Section Four Class C quarterfinal against sixth-seeded Harpursville or No. 11 Watkins Glen on Friday.

“It’s going to bring us a lot of confidence,” Anderson said of Saturday’s win. “Key players stepped up today and they know they can do that in the future.”

Rob Centorani can be reached at or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.

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