B-G falls to Unatego in MAC finals rematch

Girls’ Basketball

Unatego 45, B-G 39

BAINBRIDGE – In a rematch of last year’s MAC title game, Unatego returned to favor to the Bobcats avenging that last-season defeat with a six-point victory Thursday.

Unatego saw a 23-9 first-half lead dwindle to six points in the fourth quarter before prevailing. “It’s a whole different group for us and we were struggling a little defensively and offensively in the first half,” said B-G coach Bob Conway. “We picked it up in the second half. For many of our kids, it was the first varsity game they played.”

Dani Conway led B-G with 15 points and Mariah Schaeffer added 11. The Bobcats (0-1) host Sidney Tuesday.

Unatego: Kayleigh Kinsella, 0; Kaylinn Birdsall, 0; Gabi May, 0; Ashlee Walke, 1 0-0-2; Chelsea Dalton, 1 0-0-3; Katya Harris, 5 0-0-10; Colleen O’Hara, 4 1-2-11; Blake Shelton, 6 0-0-12; Kelly Fernandez, 3 0-0-7. Totals: 20 1-2-45.

B-G: Mariah Schaeffer, 5 0-0-11; Ellery Gager, 1 2-2-4; Liz Holbert, 3 0-0-6; Brittney Fahringer, 1 0-0-3; Dani Conway, 4 7-8-15; Kimberly Hart, 0; Brittney Hutchinson, 0. Totals: 14 9-10-39.

Unat. 14 11 9 9–45

B-G 8 5 10 16–39

Fouled out: none. Three-point goals: (B) Schaeffer, Fahringer. (U) O’Hara 2, Dalton, Fernandez. JV: Unatego won 33-24. Officials: Miller, Cicciarelli.

Greene 54, Harpursville 39

GREENE – Greene scored nine straight points in the second quarter to grab a seven-point halftime lead, and stretched the lead to 13 with a strong third quarter.

Barb Borst had seven in the third stanza and Liz Wentlent six markers as the Trojans extended a seven-point halftime lead to 44-31. “We switched to a halfcourt man defense and got a couple of steals,” said Greene coach Bill Case of the Trojans’ surge. “Harpursville played well, but our defense was super and we had good shot selection.”

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