BINGHAMTON – Turns out, the best thing that could have happened to Greene was losing in the finals of the Midstate Athletic Conference to Harpursville.
Two weeks removed from a disheartening defeat that broke an unbeaten run that removed them from a number one state ranking, the Trojans are again riding high after claiming their first girls’ basketball sectional title in 13 years. Barb Borst scored a career-high 29 points, and Greene pulled away for a 59-44 victory over Odessa-Montour, Saturday in the Class C title game at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
“Everyone expected us to win the MAC title and we didn’t,” said Greene first-year coach Dave Gorton, whose club improved to 22-1 overall. “Then everyone expected us to fold, and I read in some places that Harpursville was now the favorite. I told the girls that I still had faith in them, and that I hope they still had faith in themselves.”
Through three playoff victories, one in which the Trojans avenged a loss to the Hornets, Greene looked every bit the top seed in the tournament. Borst canned five three balls to go with nine rebounds and three assists. Megan Kinne did her typical yeoman’s job under the radar with nine points and eight rebounds. Greene, as a team, finished with a season-best 39 rebounds.
“Ever since that loss to Harpursville, we tried not to let down, and that loss really did motivate us,” Borst said. “This feels great.”