March 2, 2013

B'town girls work overtime for title

PLATTSBURGH — It was a game that neither team deserved to lose, but in the end, someone had to be crowned champion.

Beekmantown and Plattsburgh battled each other through regulation, but needed overtime to determine a winner.

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The Eagles outscored the Hornets 7-3 in the overtime session to capture the Section VII Class B championship, 44-40, in girls’ basketball at the Plattsburgh State Field House Friday.

Beekmantown will face the winner of today’s Section II championship game between Watervliet and Ravena at 6 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Field House Wednesday.

“I am feeling very proud of my players,” Eagles coach Greg Waters said. “I am proud of them for staying the course and sticking to the game plan for the full 32 minutes (and overtime).”

It was Plattsburgh, though, that jumped out to the early lead.

The Hornets took a 13-8 lead after one, then went on a 7-2 run to start the second quarter. Beekmantown would battle back at the conclusion of the second, but still trailed 21-16 at the half.

“I told the girls at halftime that we needed to make a run to start the second half,” Waters said. “We needed to get them on their heels and then we’d have a chance. If they went on a run things could have been much different.

“The second-half run was key.”

Waters got what he wanted.

The Eagles roared out of halftime and held the mighty Plattsburgh offense to just four points in the third quarter. Beekmantown pulled ahead 30-25 to start the fourth quarter, a lead they wouldn’t let go until the very end of regulation.

The Hornets chipped away slowly at the Eagles’ lead in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t until a steal and layup by Marle Curle with just over a minute to play in regulation that the lead would be erased.

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