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  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Little Falls returning to Carrier Dome

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  • SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties are heading to the Carrier Dome for the second time in three years following Sunday’s 58-50 win over Cooperstown in Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.
    “This means everything in the world to the kids that were out there at the end,” coach Pam Munger said after her Mounties scored the final eight points to break away from a tie and earned their third win over the Hawkeyes this season.
    Cooperstown, then the Redskins, had beaten Little Falls 50-45 last year last year in Section III’s Class C-1 championship game and also ended the 2010-11 season for Mounties Gen Schoff, Kelli Shepardson and Amy Hart in the playoffs when they were freshmen.
    Winning one playoff rematch sets up another for the Mounties. Two years ago, Little Falls won Class C-1 then beat Class C-2 champion Fabius-Pompey 46-44 in the overall Class C final in the Carrier Dome. Fabius-Pompey returns to the Carrier Dome Friday after beating Weedsport 38-33 in Sunday’s other semifinal.
    Little Falls (21-0) and Fabius-Pompey (18-3) tip off at 5 p.m. Friday in the first of three championship games on the schedule.
    Cooperstown led Little Falls 24-23 at halftime Sunday then rallied from a 12-point deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.
    “I think that sometimes kids need a shot of confidence,” Munger said. “They gave themselves that shot today. When it got close again after getting up that much in the third quarter, that confidence kicked in.”
    Little Falls led 41-29 after outscoring Cooperstown (14-7) 18-5 in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. The Hawkeyes broke the run with a basket by Mallory Arthurs and Maggie Hall added a three-pointer in the closing second of the third quarter to cut the Mounties’ lead to seven.
    Lucy Ford and Liz Millea scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter and Hall tied the game at 41 with another three with 6:16 left to play. Hannah Becker answered with a three-pointer of her own to put Little Falls back on top.
    Although they never regained the lead, the Hawkeyes pulled even again at 48 and, for the last time, at 50 on two Millea foul shots with 2:05 left to play.
    A fast break layup by Hart, assisted by Becker, put Little Falls back in the lead for good with 1:14 on the clock. Hart’s basket started an 8-0 run by the Mounties to end the game. Cooperstown turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Becker delivered another three-point shot from the right corner to put her team up by five in the final minute.
    “Even the three-pointer by Hannah,” Munger said. “That’s something they work on and those kids have confidence in it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Cooperstown missed two more chances to score and Shepardson was fouled on the rebound. Not yet in the bonus, Cooperstown fouled again and sent Schoff to the free throws line where she converted both her shots. Hart added one more with 1.1 seconds showing on the clock.
    Little Falls had trailed at halftime only once previously this season — 27-18 Jan. 17 in a 51-41 win at Cooperstown. The Mounties led Cooperstown by one point — 33-32 — at the half at home Dec. 9 and won that game 70-55.
    Shepardson led Little Falls, the tournament’s top seed and the state’s second-ranked Class C team, with 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Sunday. Schoff scored 11 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and six blocked shots, Becker added 12 points, and freshman Maria Morotti had 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
    Millea had 18 points and Hall scored 16 for Cooperstown.
    COOPERSTOWN (14-7) — Christina Noto 0 0-0 0; Liz Millea 6 6-8 18; S.J. Morosko 0 0-0 0; Mallory Arthurs 2 0-2 4; Jenn Flynn 0 2-2 2; Maggie Hall 6 1-1 16; Lucy Ford 4 0-0 8; Ciarra McGoldrick 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 9-13 50.
    LITTLE FALLS (21-0) — Kelli Shepardson 7 1-3 15; Hannah Becker 4 0-0 12; Gen Schoff 4 3-4 11; Laura Wind 0 0-0 0; Sarah Bruins 0 2-2 2; Amy Hart 3 2-4 8; Maria Morotti 5 0-0 10. Totals: 23 8-13 58.
    Cooperstown 12 12 10 16 — 50
    Little Falls 10 13 18 17 — 58
    Three-pointers — Cooperstown 3 (Hall 3); Little Falls 4 (Becker 4).