The Daily Star
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Quinn Barnhart had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Unatego’s boys to a 67-51 non-league basketball victory at Southern Tier Athletic Conference member Chenango Forks on Monday.
“Our defensive pressure got to them,” Unatego coach Jim Knight said. “We got a lot of steals off their turnovers. We got a lot going in transition tonight.”
Barnhart and Kellen Komenda (15 points) had nine points apiece in the second half when Unatego outscored the Blue Devils, 36-26.
Of Barnhart’s play, Knight said: “He played real well tonight. He’s pretty much undersized every night, but he’s a tough kid.”
Tanner Winchester’s 14-point night included a 7-for-10 showing from the free throw line. The Spartans outscored Forks, 21-6, from the free throw line.
“I think our speed had a lot to do with that,” Knight said of his team’s 32 free throw attempts. “We didn’t shoot a whole lot from the perimeter. We went to the basket and ended up at the free throw line.”
Unatego (12-4) will host Greene in a Midstate Athletic Conference semifinal Friday. The second-seeded Spartans beat the third-seeded Trojans by 15 points during the regular season.
Chenango Forks, which beat Oneonta High, 64-55, on Dec. 18, received 14 points from C.J. Melvin.
Sidney 76, Deposit 25
The host Warriors placed five players in double figures and completed an 11-0 run through Midstate Athletic Conference opponents with a home victory.
Brandon Walters had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He scored eight points in the first quarter as Sidney took a 20-6 lead.
Damian Zimmer had 15 points, one more than Mike Cruz. Mike Ward and Bill Kozak contributed 12 and 10, respectively, for the Warriors (15-1), who have won 15 straight games.
Sidney is the top seed for the MAC tournament. The Warriors will host fourth-seeded Oxford on Friday. The other semifinal will have third-seeded Greene traveling to No. 2 Unatego on Friday.
The MAC title game will be played the following Saturday at Oneonta State.
B-G 70, SK 46
Austin Bauerle scored nine of his game high 24 points in the fourth quarter when visiting Bainbridge-Guilford pulled away for a non-league victory.
Bauerle also had 20 rebounds and six assists to lead the Bobcats, who led by one point midway through the third quarter.
“He’s tough inside and out,” South Kortright coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of Bauerle.
The Bobcats also received 16 points from Brooks Harmon, who hit three three-pointers.
“We’ve been dealing with injuries so this game is the best we looked coming back from that,” said B-G coach Greg Warren, who received 11 points from Corbin Palmer and 10 from Lucas Butcher. “It’s good to have everyone back on the floor.”
Dylan Cole scored 15 points for SK.
Griff Metzko and Trevor Holdridge scored 11 points apiece for the Rams, who will host Jefferson on Friday.
M-E 82 Cooperstown 78
Jordan Manikas and Ethan Bliss scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for host Cooperstown, which lost in overtime in the Center State Conference.
Manikas’ three-pointer with under a minute in overtime pulled the Redskins to two points. Cooperstown had a chance to tie or take the lead, but made a turnover.
Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said mental errors hurt his team down the stretch.
Morrisville-Eaton received a game-high 37 points from Will Thomas. Bertram said the Redskins normally had two defenders on Thomas.
Matt Roher had 20 points for M-E.
Cooperstown will host Waterville on Monday.
Andes 61, Windham 15
Jade Litaker had 16 points and seven boards to lead host Andes in the Delaware League.
Shianne Coss and Kelsey Little contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Mountaineers.
“We came out pressing,” Andes coach Jeff Rhone said, “and we got a lot of easy opportunities.”
Coss and Little had steals apiece.
Andes will travel to unbeaten South Kortright tonight.
Worcester 53, Sharon Springs 22
Six of Cassie Sklenka’s game-high 16 points came during a 19-3 second-quarter run that helped host Worcester to a non-league victory.
The Wolverines (8-6) led, 28-12, at halftime.
Jillian Perrillo contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for Worcester, which received eight points from Cierra Ralph.
Worcester will host Cherry Valley-Springfield on Friday.
Walton 65, Family School 9
Cortney Miller and Janine Velardi scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, to lead host Walton to a non-league victory.
The Warriors (4-12) will travel to Oxford at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 mini-tournament game.