By James Champlin
Sun Sports Correspondent
ONEONTA – An old adage in sports proclaims the difficulty of one team beating another three times in one season. Someone forgot to tell that truism to the Lady Hornets from Harpursville in the Midstate Athletic Conference final versus Oxford. In front of a sparse crowd at the SUNY Oneonta Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon, the Hornets cruised to a 48-27 victory to claim their fourth consecutive league title.
Harpursville, who rarely looked like the number one ranked Class C team in New York State on this afternoon, still opened the game on a 12-0 run. Oxford went scoreless until the 2:20 mark of the opening stanza, until a Jacquelyn Heggie layup, but would never get closer than eight the remainder of the game. Harpursville looked anything but worthy of its pedigree – a club that lost in last year's state final – as both teams slogged through the first quarter committing a combined 13 turnovers in the first eight minutes. Heggie also scored on the next possession as the quarter closed with the Hornets in front, 13-4.
As both squads continued to show trouble adjusting to the style of officiating, the turnovers and fouls began to mount. Midway through the second quarter, Harpursville's leading scorer, Miranda Drummond, exited the game with her third foul. Moments later she was followed to the bench by teammate and fellow starter Kayleigh Livermore, who also picked up her third foul. Oxford's Lacey Barry swished a 15-footer off a nice feed from Megan Golden to make it 16-6, but the Blackhawks’ foul shooting woes were about to surface.