“She’s really learned how to play with two fouls,” Ehrensbeck said. “When we lost to Unatego earlier, she couldn’t do that. She got her second and then picked up her third very quickly. I like to leave them on the court with two fouls. My feeling is two fouls is not a problem, but three fouls is a problem. I give her credit for learning how to play with two fouls.”
On the other bench, Cooperstown had to sit starters Cring and Alannah Haggerty as they got two fouls apiece in the first half trying to guard Drummond. Lucy Ford came off the bench and got three quick fouls trying to stop Drummond.
The lead changed six times in the first half and there were four ties. But in the second half, there was one tie and one lead change — on Murray’s jumper 13 seconds into the half.
Led by Drummond’s 10 third-quarter points, Harpursville started the period on a 12-2 run. The Hornets led, 31-21, on Drummond’s three-point basket with 3:24 left in the quarter.
Cooperstown got back into the game quickly. Hall’s long two-point basket at 3:04 made it an eight-point game. Murdock then stole the inbounds pass and made a layup.
Cring blocked Medovich to get the ball back for Cooperstown. Millea was then fouled by Marci Ritter while shooting a three-point shot. She made 2 of 3 free throws to cut it to 31-27.
Tatianna Sosnowsky’s layup put the Hornets back up by six, but Murdock answered on a pass from Millea with 1:29 left to make it 33-29.
After Drummond made 1 of 2 free throws, Millea ended the quarter with a long two-point basket with 2.6 seconds left, and Harpursville led, 34-31.
The Hornets started the fourth quarter by again extending their lead. Drummond and Murray had two baskets each, and Harpursville started the quarter on a 8-4 run. Drummond’s basket on a bounce pass from Murray put the Hornets up, 42-35, with just under three minutes left.