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February 20, 2013

Franklin, SK girls cruise to first-round victories

Staff Report

Jordan Beers didn’t waste much time Tuesday.

Junior point guard Beers scored 17 of her game-high 35 points in the first quarter, leading the top-seeded Franklin girls basketball team to a 67-44 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Milford in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.

Tri-Valley League champion Franklin (17-0) will host a sectional quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday against eighth-seeded Schenevus or No. 9 Hancock of the Midstate Athletic Conference. The Dragons will host Hancock at 5:30 p.m. today as poor weather postponed their first-round game Tuesday.

Beers scored 29 points in Franklin’s 56-48 victory over Schenevus on Saturday, when the Purple Devils won their second straight Tri-Valley League championship.

Beers helped host Franklin to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter against 16th-seeded Milford (10-8), which faced a 41-18 deficit at halftime. Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said his team shot 61-percent from the field in the opening half against T-V foe Milford.

Beers also had 10 rebounds, seven assists and five three-pointers for the Purple Devils, who also received double-doubles from Marisa Cawley (13 points, 21 rebounds) and Haley Downin (11 points, 10 rebounds).

Addy Lawson’s 14 points paced the Wildcats, who received eight points from Serena Chase.

SK 46, Downsville 20

Kayla Craft scored 25 points to lead two-time defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright to a first-round victory over visiting Delaware League rival Downsville.

The DL champion Rams (19-0), who are the state’s top-ranked Class D team, pulled away from a 6-all tie after one quarter with a 24-6 run in the second. Craft hit four straight three-pointers en route to 16 points in the second period. She finished with five threes.

Miquela Hanselman contributed 11 rebounds and five assists for the Rams, who got seven rebounds from Craft.

Kaileen Townsend, who drew defenders Kayla Warycha and Burkley Cole, finished with a team-best eight points for No. 15 seed Downsville (8-10). Townsend entered the game averaging around 13 points.

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