Alannah Haggerty scored on a putback with about 10 seconds left to snap a tie as visiting Cooperstown defeated Unatego, 37-34, Monday in a non-league girls basketball game.
Haggerty’s basket gave the Redskins a 36-34 lead. Unatego’s next possession resulted in a turnover and Cooperstown’s Elizabeth Millea hit one of two free throws with 2 seconds left.
“Based on the score you’d probably think, geez, it might not have been top-notch basketball, but both teams played exceptionally hard and played good defense,” said Unatego coach Greg Bonczkowski, whose team returned all five starters from a year ago. “Sometimes, good defense shuts down the offense. Both teams played with a lot of energy and they made a key basket or two at the right time. It could have gone either way. We had plenty of looks at the offensive end. If a couple of those go in, it could have been a different outcome.”
The Spartans (1-1) took a 25-17 lead into halftime. Casey Manzanero scored 11 of her game-high 13points in the opening half for Unatego.
But Cooperstown limited Unatego to nine points after halftime. Nicole Cring scored all but one of her 10 points in the second half.
“The thing that really hurt us I thought was they got a lot of second-chance opportunities,” Bonczkowski said. “The Cring girl is around 6 feet and Haggerty is 5-9 or 5-10.”
Sumer Murdock had a team-high 11 points for Cooperstown (3-0), which trailed, 34-31, with about two minutes left.
Cooperstown missed its next shot but grabbed the rebound before kicking it out to Murdock, who hit a tying three-pointer.
Manzanero missed an open look from 12 feet on Unatego’s next trip, setting up Haggerty’s go-ahead basket.
Marissa Woodard contributed eight points for Unatego..