Evening Sun Report
Sherburne-Earlville 58, Cooperstown 52
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville started its week losing a fourth-quarter lead. It finished the week with an impressive comeback victory over state-ranked Cooperstown Friday night.
Before a raucous, partisan crowd, the Marauders made up a seven-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes scoring the game’s final 13 points. Mattie Dowdall scored on a layup after a long pass from Savannah Irwin to give the Marauders the lead for good with 1:38 left.
“The girls were upset after the lost to them the first game of the year,” said S-E coach Karen Mulligan. “They thought they could do better than that, and they did.”
S-E, down six entering the fourth, only made a two-point dent in the deficit despite holding Cooperstown without a point for nearly four minutes of the fourth quarter. Nicole Cring’s three-point play raised the Cooperstown lead back to seven, and after an Irwin bucket, Cring drove to the hoop that drew the fifth foul on S-E center Lilly Berg. Berg exited the game, and Cring made her two free throws lifting her club to a 52-45 lead with 3:18 left.
“We called a timeout after (Lilly fouled out) and put a press on to try to get a turnover,” Mulligan said. “We got the turnover and it was pretty effective, so we decided to stick with it.”
Jordan Van Althuis had four of her six steals in the final quarter, and played like a player possessed during the final salvo. The junior guard had a three-point play, and made 3-of-4 free throws in the last minute to help sew up the win.
Van Althuis led with 16, Savannah Irwin had 12 points including a big three late in the third quarter, and Dowdall came off the bench to score 11. “This win was great for the kids’ confidence,” Mulligan said. “We stuck with it, and (the game) certainly could have gone the other way, especially when you’re down seven.”
The Marauders play at Mount Markham Tuesday.
Cooperstown: Elizabeth Millea, 5 0-0-10; Summer Murdock, 6 0-2-14; Alannah Hagerty, 0; Nicole Cring, 6 7-7-19; Maggie Hall, 2 1-1-7; Lucy Ford, 1 0-0-2. Totals: 20 8-10-52.