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By John Bernhardt
It was a game of scoring streaks in the Margaretville gym Friday night. The Downsville and Margaretville girls’ basketball teams traded scoring spurts throughout the contest. The Eagles would record the final run, a spree that allowed them to create enough separation from their hosts to take home a 47-40 victory.

Leading by a bucket in the first quarter, Downsville ran off 10 straight points to take a 16-4 lead, the biggest difference in the game. The Eagles turned two steals into scores, had a favorable bounce off the front rim for a score and netted a long shot that circled around and around the rim before dropping in during the scoring spree.

Keeping it close
A Raeann Bond pass to Annette Hogan resulted in a lay-up to end the Eagles’ run just before the first quarter horn.

Courtney Jennings found herself alone under the Eagles’ basket seconds into the second period to push the Downsville advantage back to 12. Margaretville stormed back.

When Sami Hunt ran down a long rebound in the corner, turned and hit Hogan slicing through the lane, the Blue Devils started a nine-point scoring burst of their own. Hogan was fouled and hit the free shot for an old fashioned three-point score. Kelsey Buerge drove from the right wing and touched a high shot off the backboard for a score. A Megan McKenna set shot two steps in front of the foul line and a Tess Svoboda steal and a lay-up cut into the Eagles’ lead. Downsville was in front, 18-15.

Keeping it close
After a Downsville field goal, Hogan ended the half by burying a three-point score from the corner off an out-of-bounds play with the home team trailing, 20-18

The teams traded baskets to start the second half before the next scoring burst, this time a mini-run by the Eagles. Jennings scored on a put back, center Ginny Gilkeson finished a spinning move from the low post, and Samantha Bingay swished a long outside shot putting Downsville out in front, 28-20.

The Blue Devils scratched and clawed to stay close with Svoboda driving twice through the lane for scores, McKenna banking home a 12-footer, and Hogan hit a pull-up jumper and another shot from the corner on an out-of-bounds play, this time a two-pointer. Downsville lead, 34-30, heading into the homestretch.

Kate Short’s three-point goal off a Hogan pass left the teams separated by a single point igniting the game’s final scoring spree. Downsville’s Kaileen Townsend split the lane on a running lay up to start an eight-point Eagle run that proved too much to overcome. Townsend, a freshman, stole a pass driving coast-to-coast and was fouled. The point guard made both charity shots. A Samantha Bingay lay-up and a gorgeous Townsend to Bingay pass for a lay up completed the run with the Eagles ahead, 42-33.

Not done yet
Another Kate Short three-point goal cut the Blue Devils’ deficit to six points later in the quarter, but that was as close as Margaretville would get.

Townsend hit five-of-six foul shots in the fourth quarter to help preserve Downsville’s advantage. The freshman finished with a game-high 15 points. Bingay netted 10 points for the Eagles, two more than Courtney Jennings and Ginny Gilkenson.

Hogan paced Margaretville with 12 points and six assists. The Blue Devils were aided by 10 points from Svoboda.

Margaretville hosts Stamford on Thursday.