B-G rallies to wrap up MAC Division II title

Girls’ Basketball

B-G 41, Oxford 35

OXFORD – B-G showed the mettle of a champion scoring the game’s last 11 points over the final 3:27 of play to secure the Bobcats’ ninth division title under head coach Bob Conway Tuesday.

Jennifer Patten tied the game with two free throws after a steal, and Mariah Schaeffer’s two free throws with 1:45 to play put her club up 37-35. Nicole Conway added a spot-up 15-foot shot on the baseline to pad the advantage.

Oxford rallied from a 13-1 lead in the first quarter briefly taking the lead in the second quarter, moving in front in the third, and extending that margin to as many as five points in the fourth.

Marcie Day converted a three-point play for B-G (15-2), while Schaeffer added a three ball to help spur the turnaround. “We got out of synch a little bit in the second and third quarters with foul trouble,” Conway said. “We played with more urgency at the end of the game and picked up our intensity.”

Julie Davis scored 12 points for Oxford and Alysa Law had 11. Davis scored eight of her points in the last quarter. “We’ve been in a couple games like this where we weren’t able to finish,” said Oxford coach Brad Aldrich. “B-G’s defense stepped it up in the fourth quarter.”

Schaeffer led the Bobcats with 12 points and Patten ended with 11.

B-G: Sam Spalholz, 1 2-2-4; Mariah Schaeffer, 4 3-4-12; Jen Patten, 2 7-8-11; Liz Holbert, 1 0-0-2; Brittany Fahringer, 0; Nicole Conway, 2 1-2-5; Marcie Day, 3 1-1-7. Totals: 13 14-17-41.

Oxford: Alysa Law, 4 3-3-11; C. Baker, 0; Chantel Crandall, 1 0-0-2; Erin Law, 1 0-0-2; Hollyann Branham, 3 0-0-6; Felicia Tynan, 0 1-2-1; J. Davis, 5 2-2-12; Amanda Nightengale, 0 1-2-1. Totals: 14 7-9-35.

Score by quarters

B-G 13 4 6 18–41

Oxf. 3 11 11 10–35

Fouled out: (O) Nightengale. Three-point goals: (BG) Schaeffer. JV: Oxford won. Officials: Jensen, Berg.

Norwich 43, Owego 38

OWEGO – Norwich reached double figures wins for the third straight season defeating Owego in a much tougher battle than the previous meeting at Norwich last month.

Brittany Cargill sunk one free throw with 20 seconds left, and Kyra Collier made a pair of freebies with under 10 seconds to play to seal Norwich’s win. “Owego has improved a lot – they are a dangerous team,” said Norwich coach Bob Branham. “We switched from zone to man-to-man defense in the full-court and halfcourt, and it was more effective. We’re also showing better consistency offensively in each quarter.”

Alicia Testani led Norwich (10-8) with 11 points and Melinda Moore added 10. Norwich plays a non-league game at Chenango Valley Monday.

NHS: Brittany Cargill, 1 1-2-4; Alicia Testani, 2 5-11-11; Krissie Collier, 1 0-0-2 ; Emily Tackabury, 1 0-0-2; Melinda Moore, 3 2-2-10; Kyra Collier, 2 2-2-6; Chelsea Leibundgut, ; Clare Sheldon, ; Brooke Abbott, 1 0-0-3; Kala Haltner, 2 0-0-5; Michelle Testani, . Totals: 13 10-18-43.

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