Evening Sun Report
NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley put itself in position to win its first Midstate Athletic Conference championship game.
The Storm pulled away in the third quarter finishing the stanza on a 16-5 run, and it turned back a stubborn B-G team, 54-42, Thursday. The Storm (14-1) will meet Unatego next Saturday at SUNY Oneonta for the league championship.
“It really was tougher than the final score shows,” said UV coach Brandi Backus. “B-G broke our press a lot better than the last time we played them, they rebounded well, and they shot it pretty good from the outside.”
Backus’ compliments of B-G aside, it was her own team that deserved to take a bow after a strong finish to the third quarter.
The Bobcats whittled an 11-point deficit in the third down to 31-27 on the strength of a 9-2 spurt. Five different players contributed to those B-G points with Betsy Holden’s putback basket after a pair of offensive rebounds capping the salvo.
Over the next minute, UV senior Jordan Anderson had her finest moments of the game. She made a behind-the-back dribble at the foul line to ditch her defender, and sliced through the middle of the B-G defense for a driving layup to raise the lead to six. After a Bobcats turnover, Anderson drew a foul and made two free throws, and then she fed Jen Elliott on an out-of-bounds play for a 15-footer that gave UV some breathing room.
The third quarter ended with UV leading by 15 points.
“We had a nice little rally in the third quarter, and we kind of let it get away,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “We still are a little inconsistent on offense, but I thought it was a good showing against what is probably one of the top three Class C teams in Section IV.”