The Daily Star
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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.
The Rams will host a sectional quarterfinal against seventh-seeded Morris (13-4) at 7 p.m. Friday.
SC 51, Worcester 38
Jillian Perillo scored a game-high 17 points, but the season ended for 13th-seeded Worcester in the first round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“She had a lot of rebounds, too,” said Southern Cayuga coach Ed Heslop, whose fourth-seeded team moved to 11-8. “I don’t know the number, but it was a lot.”
Jessica Thompson contributed nine points for the Wolverines (9-8), who fell into a 24-12 hole by halftime.
“We don’t pound it in on anybody,” Heslop said. “The game turned on our pressure defense. We’re quick and we pressured them.”
The Chiefs offset Perillo’s performance with balance as Allyson Smith (five rebounds) finished with 13 points, Jessie Kopp had nine, Alex Hetherington scored eight, and Adrianne Torea contributed seven.
Neither team shot well at the foul line as Worcester made 10 of 29 attempts (34 percent) and SC went 9-for-25 (36 percent).
“We’re a 55-percent free-throw shooting team, and I know (Worcester) shoots better than that,” Heslop said. “I think it was the combination of a long layoff and tournament jitters for both teams.”
The Chiefs will host a sectional quarterfinal against Interscholastic Athletic Conference rival Marathon (7-11) at 6 p.m. Friday. The Olympians upset No. 5 Afton of the Midstate Athletic Conference, 54-36.
“We split during the regular season,” Heslop said. “The downside is we’ve got to play each other again. The upside is somebody from the IAC is going to the semifinals.”
Oneonta State will host the Section Four Class D semifinals on Feb. 26 and the sectional championship game on March 2.
Candor 47, H-T 30
Senior point guard Taylor Dart scored a team-high 16 points for visiting Hunter-Tannersville, which lost in the opening round of the Section Four Class D Tournament.
“We just didn’t come out and play,” Wildcats coach Nate Jones said of his 11th-seeded team, which made 12 field goals and shot 4-for-21 from the free throw line.
Sixth-seeded Candor (8-9), which plays in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, had a 24-12 cushion at halftime. Sierra Szwec scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the opening half for Candor, which visits third-seeded Davenport (16-3) for a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday.
Delaware League-affiliate H-T ended its season at 11-7.
Morris 52, Roxbury 22
Haley Wist scored a game-high 15 points to lead seventh-seeded Morris (13-4) to a first-round victory at Laurens in the Section Four Class D Tournament.
Delaware League-affiliate Roxbury (11-7), the 10th seed, played Morris of the Tri-Valley League to a 10-10 tie after one quarter. The Mustangs followed with a 17-5 advantage in the second quarter, which featured 10 of Wist’s points.
“I was very pleased how we played defense,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint said. “We had very active hands and were able to cause some turnovers.”
Alexis Forgit scored 12 points and Kelsea Webster contributed 11 for the Mustangs, who will visit second-seeded South Kortright (19-0) for a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday.
Kennedy Faraci’s eight points paced the Rockets.