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  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Cooperstown tops Little Falls in C-1 championship game

  • FEBRUARY 23 GIRLS' BASKETBALL



    Freshman Liz Millea scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the top-seeded Cooperstown Redskins held on to beat Little Falls 50-45 in Section III’s Class C-1 championship game at SRC Arena.

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  • COOPERSTOWN 50, LITTLE FALLS 45
    Freshman Liz Millea scored 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the top-seeded Cooperstown Redskins held on to beat Little Falls 50-45 in Section III’s Class C-1 championship game at SRC Arena.
    Cooperstown (19-2) never trailed against the defending champions but allowed No. 3 Little Falls (16-5) to cut a 17-point halftime deficit down to three twice in twice. The Mounties scored only 15 points in the first half but started the second with an 13-2 run. Little Falls outscored the Redskins 19-5 in the third quarter and trailed 37-34 at the start of the fourth.
    “We had to battle back,” Little Falls coach Pam Munger said. “We had to believe in the fact that we could come back. It’s like the Thousand Islands game” — Little Falls led by 11 points at halftime and won its semifinal with free throw to tie and take the lead in the last minute — “and we knew it could happen.”
    Gen Schoff had seven points in the run that got Little Falls back in the game and Hannah Becker had four.
    Millea had matched Little Falls with eight points in the first quarter; she would outscore the Mounties in the fourth. Two baskets by the guard stretched the Cooperstown lead to seven points and she scored the Redskins’ first eight points in the final period.
    Schoff grabbed a rebound for Little Falls and raced the length of the court for the layup that pulled the Mounties back within three points at 45-42 with just more than one minute left to play. Sumer Murdock made one of two free throws for Cooperstown and Millea converted on a one-and-one. Forced to foul, the Mounties sent Millea to the line one more time and again she made both shots on a one-and-one to put the Redskins up 50-43 with 33 seconds left to play.
    “We never gave away the lead,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said. “That’s a big thing emotionally. ... We just tried to keep the clock running.”
    The split class championship is Cooperstown’s second in six years with Niles as coach. The 2007-08 Redskins defeated Little Falls 53-51 in the Class C-1 final at Rome Free Academy.
    “This was the same kind of game,” Niles said, “a real gut check.”
    Little Falls defeated Cooperstown 46-34 in the 2009 final.
    Murdock scored 11 points and Alannah Haggerty had eight for Cooperstown Saturday. Nicole Cring scored the Redskins’ other five points, all during the second quarter.
    Schoff led Little Falls with 17 points and blocked five shots. Becker added 10 with eight coming during the third quarter. Cheyanne Rivenburg had five points and seven rebounds off the bench. Kelli Shepardson contributed seven points and six rebounds.
    Cooperstown’s opponent for the overall Class C title game in the Carrier Dome will be Weedsport, a 58-51 winner over undefeated Fabius-Pompey in a rematch of last year’s Class C-2 final.
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    LITTLE FALLS (16-5) — Kelli Shepardson 3 1-2 7; Hannah Becker 5 0-0 10; Kaitlyn Duesler 0 0-0 0; Gen Schoff 7 3-3 17; Cheyanne Rivenburg 2 1-4 5; Sarah Bruins 2 0-0 4; Amy Hart 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 5-9 45.
    COOPERSTOWN (19-2) — Liz Millea 9 8-12 26; Sumer Murdock 4 1-2 11; S.J. Morosko 0 0-0 0; Alannah Haggerty 4 0-1 8; Nicole Cring 1 3-4 5; Ellen Vibbard 0 0-0 0; Maggie Hall 0 0-1 0. Totals: 18 12-20 50.
    Little Falls      8    7  19  11 — 45
    Cooperstown    15  17    5  13 — 50
    Three-pointers — Little Falls 0; Cooperstown 2 (Murdock 2).

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