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March 14, 2013

Hornets, Drummond stop Cooperstown

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Harpursville’s Holly Henry then missed a layup at the other end, and Cring grabbed the rebound.

Millea drove to the basket, drew a foul on Henry and made 1 of 2 free throws with 19.3 seconds left for the final point.

Cooperstown stopped the clock a few seconds later, when Millea fouled Drummond and sent the junior forward to the line for a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity. Cring rebounded Drummond’s front-end miss, giving Cooperstown one last chance with 8 seconds left.

Cooperstown did not get a final shot off.

“That was a busted play,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “We were trying to go to Sumer again, and we were not able to get the spacing right to get her the ball.

“We didn’t have any timeouts left,” he continued. “At the last timeout we took, we were trying to yell (over the crowd) everything we needed. It just didn’t get through.”

After nearly erasing a 10-point deficit in the third quarter, Cooperstown found itself trailing, 42-35, with three minutes remaining.

Murdock banked in a driving layup with 2:44 to go before Cring scored on a putback at 1:35. Murdock then tied it on the three with 45 seconds left. 

Murdock, Cooperstown’s leading scorer, scored all nine of her points after halftime. Ehrensbeck credited Shelby Medovich’s defense for limiting Murdock in the first half.

“Medovich, she’s a good athlete and she has long arms,” Ehrensbeck said. “I told her, after watching (Murdock) hit all those threes at the Dome, ‘Shelby you have to stay with her. She can hit from two feet behind the line, so don’t let her get space.’ And she did a good job of doing that. I think she definitely frustrated her.

“What we didn’t count on was 25 (Hall),” he continued. “She made some big shots early, but I feel like we made an adjustment.”

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