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F-M picks up basketball sweep of Corcoran

Boys Hornets nearly reach 100; girls need OT over Cougars

Corcoran, in defeat, also put four players in double figures, as Shakem Buckmon led with 19 points, with Chris Putnam and Henry Sullivan each managing 15 points and Jaaron Cole managing 10 points.

As this went on, F-M's girls team, no. 17 in the state Class AA rankings, was at Corcoran. The Cougars gave the Hornets one of its two defeats this season, prevailing 38-36 on Dec. 2 in the first round of the Oswego Tournament, when Kiley Shoemaker was out with a stress fracture.

Having long since returned, Shoemaker's presence helped, but even in this situation, with Corcoran missing three players that were part of that first meeting, F-M found out again how difficult it is to beat them.

The Hornets' defense dominated early, holding Corcoran to six points in the first quarter. And even when the Cougars shook itself out of that slump, F-M expanded the margin to 28-20 by halftime.

Now, though, it was the Hornets' turn to go cold. Shots went off target, and the Cougars' defensive pressure forced a rash of second-half turnovers.

This gave Corcoran time to rally, and it did. Led by Mary Morgan, who hit five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 19 points, the Cougars forged a 41-41 tie. An exchange of baskets shortly followed, but both sides squandered chances to end it in regulation.

They were still tied, 47-47, when Charlotte Beers converted with 30 seconds left in the OT period, putting her side in front to stay.

With 10.6 seconds to play, Corcoran's LaBreya Stewart saw her front end of a one-and-one opportunity go off the rim. Immediately fouled, Beers hit the first free throw and missed the second, but Lauren Getman picked up a crucial rebound and also got fouled.

Unable to make either of her free throws, Getman had to watch Morgan try a 3-pointer to force a second overtime - but it missed, and F-M had held on.

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