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March 7, 2013

Cooperstown wins Section Three Class C title

Redskins to play Harpursville Saturday at Oneonta State

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Murdock’s threes offset six by Weedsport.

“Holy cow they hit some threes, which is not something (Weedsport has) done all year,” Niles said.

Murdock’s second three-point shot of the third quarter put Cooperstown up, 35-18, 90 seconds into the half. But Weedsport answered with three three-point baskets in the quarter. The Redskins did not score for four minutes as the Warriors made their comeback.

Shelbie VanNorstrand made two three-point baskets in the final two minutes of the third quarter. The second one brought her team to within six points, 37-31, with 32.4 seconds remaining.

Haggerty made one of two free throws with nine seconds left in the quarter. 

Marsden’s putback made it a five-point game, but Cooperstown went on its final run to end the game.

Cooperstown spent most of the game in a 2-3 zone in an attempt to compensate for the Warriors’ speedy point guard Gabby LaForce.

“We were really afraid of getting into foul trouble on LaForce,” Niles said. “We had a couple of people in front of her at all times.”

LaForce’s led Weedsport with 10 points. Marsden and Cassie Weeks scored eight points each.

Haggerty, who dominated the inside with center Cring, scored 10 points in the opening half for the Redskins. Cring finished with eight points and Millea had seven points.

Cooperstown will play Harpursville (18-3) in the quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State. The Hornets beat Unatego, 60-36, on March 2 at Oneonta State.

Cooperstown 59, Weedsport 44

SECTION THREE CLASS C FINALS

At Syracuse Carrier Dome

WEEDSPORT (18-4): Gabby LaForce 3 2-4 10, Davianna Blasi 1 4-6 6, Kaitlyn O’Connell 1 0-0 2, Abby Marsden 4 0-0 8, Shelbie VanNorstrand 2 0-0 6, JoHanna Feocco 2 0-0 4, Cassie Weeks 2 2-2 8, Biz Chirco 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 8-12 44.

COOPERSTOWN (21-2): Liz Millea 1 5-7 7, Sumer Murdock 8 0-0 21, Alannah Haggerty 7 3-5 17, Nicole Cring 3 2-6 8, Caitlyn Briggs 1 0-0 2, Maggie Hall 2 0-0 4, S.J. Morosko 0 0-0 0, Noelle Palmatier 0 0-0 0, Ellen Vibbard 0 0-0 0, Lucy Ford 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22 10-18 59.

Weedsport 6 12 13 13 — 44

Cooperstown 15 14 9 21 — 59

Three-point field goals: W 6 (LaForce 2, VanNorstrand 2, Weeks 2); C 5 (Murdock 5).

Tournament MVP: Liz Millea, Cooperstown.

All Tournament Team: Sumer Murdock, Cooperstown; Kirsten Dodge, Fabius-Pompey; Gen Schoff, Little Falls; Gabby LaForce, Weedsport; Abby Marsden, Weedsport.

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