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Unatego shared the wealth for a priceless girls basketball victory Friday night.
Senior point guard Sarah Mannina scored a season-high 15 points, Casey Manzanero contributed 13 and Marissa Woodard fell three points shy of a double-double as the host Spartans defeated state-ranked Harpursville, 51-44, in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
“One of the things we talked about coming into the game was that we needed a balanced effort offensively,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, who also received eight points from Kayla Talbot in helping to offset a 30-point night for the Hornets’ Miranda Drummond. “We really executed our offense well. They played man-to-man the whole game and we had a whole bunch of different sets we use against man.”
Woodard grabbed 12 rebounds for MAC front-runner Unatego (7-2, 5-0), which received eight assists from Mannina and seven rebounds from Manzanero.
Mannina also keyed the victory over the state’s ninth-ranked team in Class C with solid defense on Savannah Murray, who finished with seven points.
“Coming into the game, you know about Drummond and Murray,” Bonczkowski said. “They’re both averaging right around 20 points per game. Our defensive goal for tonight was to try to make Drummond and Murray earn everything they got, make them work every possession.”
Drummond still finished with a game-high 30 points, on 10 field goals (three threes) and 7-for-16 shooting from the foul line.
“She’s a good player,” Bonczkowski said. “She’s clearly one of the top players around. She’s going to get her points, but I’m very proud we made her earn every one of them. She didn’t have a lot of open looks and most of her shots were contested. If there’s a kid who can get 30 when you’re paying that much attention to her, she’s good.”
The Spartans led most of the game, but Harpursville (8-1, 5-1) rallied to take a four-point lead with about four minutes left.
“I was very proud we didn’t fold up our tents and go home,” Bonczkowski said. “We continued to play.”
Manzanero hit a shot in transition and later hit a free throw to cut the deficit to one before Unatego forced a key turnover. Mannina then drew a double-team and found Manzanero under the basket for a three-point play that gave Unatego a two-point lead with 2:30 left.
The Spartans went 12-for-19 at the foul line, including a 7-for-9 effort during the last four minutes. Manzanero hit 4 of 5 and Talbot, who guarded Drummond most of the night, went 2-for-2 during that stretch.
Unatego stands a half-game out of first place in the MAC as Unadilla Valley – the state’s 18th-ranked team in Class C – beat Afton on Friday night to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the league. Bonczkowski said the two teams will go head-to-head in the Spartans’ last game of the regular season (Feb. 1 at Unatego).
The Spartans visit Greene on Tuesday, when Harpursville hosts the Storm.
Oneonta 60, SV 40
Mariah Ruff had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead host Oneonta High to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory.
Ruff scored eight points in the first quarter, which ended with the Yellowjackets ahead, 24-6.
“We came out hot,” said OHS coach Matt Miller, whose state-ranked team (third in Class B) took a 36-13 lead into halftime. “I think we made our first five shots and we were up 12 or 13 points before you knew it.”
Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Jackets (9-0, 7-0), who received 10 points from Kelsey Baker.
OHS again played without starting guard Dani Nicosia, who has been out more than three weeks after suffering a concussion.
“I’m not sure when we’ll get her back,” Miller said. “A week-and-a-half would be the best-case scenario, but it could be longer.”
Shayna Lee scored 12 points to pace the Sabers.
OHS hosts Johnson City on Wednesday.
S-E 58, Cooperstown 52
Nicole Cring finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, but state-ranked Cooperstown dropped a non-league game at Sherburne-Earlville.
“We were up by seven with 3:49 to go and we didn’t score again,” said coach Mike Niles, whose Redskins entered the game as the state’s 14th-ranked team in Class C. “We turned it over a lot and that was that.”
Mattie Dowdall scored the go-ahead points on a layup with 1:33 remaining, giving the Marauders (8-2) a 53-51 lead. Niles said Jordan Van Althuis secured the victory for S-E by hitting two free throws with about 20 seconds left.
Sumer Murdock contributed 14 points and Elizabeth Millea had 10 points and five steals for the Redskins (7-2), who were outscored, 17-5, in the fourth quarter.
Cooperstown, which handed Unatego one of its two losses this season, hosts a varsity-only meeting against Mohawk at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
UV 65, Afton 33
Seventeen of Taylor Davis’ game-high 24 points in the first quarter as host Unadilla Valley opened a 23-6 lead en route to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Amanda Off and Jordan Anderson contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Storm (8-1, 6-0), who will travel to Harpursville on Tuesday.
Payton Cutting had 11 points to lead Afton.
B-G 45, Walton 22
Taylor Palmatier scored a game-high 12 points to lead visiting Bainbridge-Guilford to a MAC victory.
Hayley O’Connor’s nine points paced the Warriors (2-8, 0-6), who were outscored, 28-10, in the second half.
Walton is at Afton on Tuesday.
Sidney 44, Delhi 29
Kelsey Decker scored 14 points as the visiting Warriors cruised to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Taylor Krom contributed eight points in the victory.
Kaitlin Haynes had a game-high 15 points for Delhi (0-11), which will travel to Hancock on Tuesday.
Schenevus 56, Milford 53
Sierra Bentley, Sarah Mellor and Taylor Spranger scored 10 points apiece as host Schenevus won in the Tri-Valley League.
Karly Cairo and Ceara Marlow had eight points apiece for the Dragons (4-3, 4-2), who trailed, 20-10, after one quarter.
“We went to man-to-man,” Schenevus coach Tim Walke said of his team’s 18-5 run in the second quarter. “We started in a box-and-one on Addy (Lawson) and they were pounding ball in the paint. Then we went man-to-man and it was a tight game all the way through.”
Mataiah Waters had 13 points and Lawson finished with 11 for Milford.
Schenevus will host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Tuesday.
Franklin 56, G-MU 33
Marisa Cawley and Jordan Beers combined for 38 points as unbeaten Franklin cruised to a Tri-Valley League road victory.
Cawley had a game-high 22 points.
“She’s the real deal, too” Gilbertsville-Mount Upton coach Jim Johnson said of Cawley, a 6-footer. “Jordan’s so unselfish. We held her to 16 points, but we didn’t do anything to stop her. She just saw it was Marisa’s night.”
G-MU trailed, 16-14, after one quarter before Franklin outscored the Raiders, 33-7, over the middle quarters.
Nikki Savarese had nine points for G-MU (3-6, 2-4), which will travel to Edmeston on Tuesday.
Morris 40, RS 12
Amanda Flint and Kelsea Webster had 10 and nine points, respectively, to lead host Morris in the Tri-Valley League.
Alexis Forgit contributed eight points for the Mustangs (7-1, 6-0), who will host Franklin on Wednesday.
Kaity Richvalsky had five points to lead Richfield Springs.
CV-S 38, Worcester 24
Maddie Archer scored nine of her game high 14 points in the fourth quarter as host Cherry Valley-Springfield pulled away in the Tri-Valley League.
The Patriots closed on a 17-4 run.
“We came out with a little more intensity on defense in the fourth quarter and executed on the offensive end,” CV-S coach Terry Dubben said.
Jamie Thompson had seven points to lead Worcester.
CV-S (6-4, 4-2) will travel to Schenevus on Tuesday.
Edmeston 34, Laurens 33
Host Edmeston outscored Laurens, 12-2, from the free throw line en route to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Shelby McCall and Keley Bresett had eight points apiece for the Panthers, outscored the Leopards, 16-13, in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Kessler had a game-high 10 points for Laurens.
Edmeston (5-5, 2-4) will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Tuesday.