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By John Bernhardt
When the Margaretville girls’ basketball team looks back on the 2012-13 season, no other team will have been as big an obstacle as Hunter-Tannersville. For the third time this season, the Blue Devils found themselves on the short end of a contest with H-T when they fell to the Wildcats, 39-35, last Thursday.

Eight straight Wildcat points at the start of the second half was Margaretville’s undoing. The Blue Devils built and early 11-7 first quarter lead before a Sarah Murin inspired rally allowed the Wildcats to surge ahead, 21-17 at the half. Murin scored nine points in the first half including the Wildcats final five tallies before intermission.

Murin would play a huge part in Hunter’s run to start the second half. The Wildcats’ forward pulled down a defensive rebound and found Taylor Dart with a long rebound to start the scoring spree. A Murin steal and lay-up pushed H-T’s advantage to 25-17. A Taylor Firmalino inside post move and two foul shots by Sam Dibble extended the Wildcats’ advantage to 29-17.

Hunter maintained a nine-point spread entering the final frame that they pushed to 12 on a Murin three-point goal seconds into the final frame.

Margaretville battled back. Tess Svoboda turned a steal into a lay-up followed by a Sami Hunt turn-around bank shot. Hogan stopped on a dime to down eight footer at the end of a fast break and with 1:57 to play, the H-T lead was down to six.

A driving Hogan floater at 1:15 to play erased two more points from the Wildcats’ lead. When Svoboda banked in a runner, with 23 seconds on the clock, H-T led, 37-35. After Hunter was called for a moving screen, Hogan brought the home crowd to its feet with a three-point attempt that at first glance appeared to give the Blue Devils the lead but rimmed out.
Hunter sealed the deal with a full court out-of-bounds pass, Murin to Firmalino, for a layup with just over eight seconds to play.

Murin took game scoring honors for Hunter with 16 points. Hogan netted 13 and Svoboda 10 to pace the Blue Devils.

It was slow going in the first half at Windham Friday night with the Blue Devils and Warriors locked in a 15-15 tie. Margaretville kicked into gear in the final 16 minutes outscoring their hosts, 23-6 in the second half to bring home a 38-21 victory.

Tess Svoboda led all scorers with 14 points for Margaretville. Annette Hogan added nine and Raeann Bond six for the Blue Devils.
The win improved Margaretville’s record to 7-8 on the year.

Roxbury downs ACS
The Roxbury girls’ basketball team shows signs of peaking at the right time. The Rockets downed Jefferson and Andes last week to build a three-game win streak and improve their record to 9-6 for the season.

Stingy Roxbury defense was the story in the Jefferson game. The Rockets led by only a point, 9-8, after the first period, but limited their guests to only three points in the second period. The Rockets were in front, 18-11, at the half.

The scoring pattern was similar in the second half. Jefferson battled Roxbury basket for basket in the third frame, outscoring the Rockets 9-8 to pull within 26-20. Roxbury’s defensive was too much for the JayHawks down the stretch with the visitors only scoring six points in the final frame. Roxbury nearly doubled the JayHawks’ fourth quarter output, securing a 39-26 victory.
Kennedy Faraci led all scorers with 13 points for Roxbury. Shannon Sprague followed close behind with 12 and Allyce McIntosh threw in eight.

Elissa Starheim and Shiann Rellenger led Jefferson with eight and seven points.
The Rockets used a big third quarter to run past Andes on the Mountaineers’ home court on Friday. Leading 17-12 at the half, the Rockets earned some breathing room by out shooting their hosts, 15-7, in the third frame. The Mountain Division foes exchanged baskets in the fourth quarter with Roxbury the 41-27 victors.

Allyce McIntosh led the way for Roxbury with 16 followed by Faraci who netted 12.
Shianne Coss reached double figures for Andes with 12 points. Sam Falco scored seven and Jade Litaker six for Andes. Litaker pulled down 14 rebounds.

Mountaineers fall
Andes battled Gilboa in the first half before running out of gas in a contest earlier in the week on the Wildcats’ home court.
Andes trailed by only a field goal, 16-14, at the intermission but a three-point third period sealed the Mountaineers’ fate.
Gilboa’s defense limited Andes to only 10 points in the final half, winning 44-24.
Shianne Coss and Kelsey Little led Andes with nine and eight points.