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February 7, 2013

Cooperstown girls win division basketball title

Redskins beat Waterville, Hamilton, stay undefeated in CSC Division III

Cooperstown clinched the Center State Conference Division III title with a home win over Waterville last Thursday and a road win at Hamilton on Tuesday.

Liz Millea scored a game-high 14 points as Cooperstown beat Waterville, 58-38.

Nicole Cring had 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals for the Redskins, which led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

“I think Nicole and Sumer (Murdoch) and Lexi (Bloomfield) have been playing against the Waterville 2-3 defense for three years now and they know how to play against it,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said.

Murdoch scored 10 points. 

Stephanie Yoxall led the Indians with 12 points on four three-point baskets, and Hannah Gray scored 10 points.

“I think we match up really well with their shooters,” Niles said. 

“Our three perimeter defenders were able to keep their kids under wraps.”

It is the second time in a week that Cooperstown beat second-place Waterville (9-6, 6-2) by double digits. On Jan. 26, the Redskins won at Waterville, 66-38.

“I was surprised by the game up at their place,” Niles said. “It was a little bit of a gut check for us, but we came through. Tonight, I think with everyone excited for the senior night, the kids came out ready to play.”

The Redskins celebrated the careers of six seniors: Cring, Murdoch, Bloomfield, Alannah Haggerty, Noelle Palmatier and Micayla Foster. All six players scored in the game. 

On Tuesday, Millea scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Redskins past third-place Hamilton, 48-33.

Murdock had 12 points and four steals. Cring had nine rebounds and Millea had five steals.

The Redskins led 19-6 after the first quarter with Murdock scoring eight of her points during that period. They led 31-13 at halftime.

The Cooperstown junior varsity team, coached by Shannon Merwin, also won both games this week, and is now 17-0 on the season.

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