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Minerva-Newcomb girls close season with a win!

MINERVA-NEWCOMB The Mountaineer girls came to Minerva Central School ready to play good strong basketball the evening of Feb. 15 and they did not disappoint. Their Keene Central School opponents had beaten the Mountaineers earlier in the season in Keene, and were looking for a seasons series sweep. The inspired Minerva-Newcomb team was determined to avoid that scenario; the win over Keene was decisive: 54 42. Both of the Minerva senior girls had a great game, with Emma Corey and Whitney McGinn each nailing 14 points. Not bad for the last game of their high school careers (it is unlikely that the team will be playing in the upcoming Sectional games). For this game against Keene, the entire team looked comfortable, playing smoothly and fearlessly in an effort that lead to a 26 to 12 first half lead. The Mountaineers played great team ball, with Chantalle Bean netting eight points, Emily Bolan scoring seven points (plus five steals and six rebounds), and Diedra Palmatier knocking down an additional six points. McGinn controlled the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds. Elena Ebbeke, Sara Fransson, Courtney Gereau, and Chelsea Walsh also played excellently for the Mountaineers. Adding to the drama of the evening was the fact that it was the final game of the season for the Mountaineer team, an occasion which was coupled with Flower Night. This was a night when the Minerva-Newcomb senior girls thanked their parents (or guardians) for all their support over the years, as they played modified and varsity sports for their schools. The Minerva senior girls (Emma Corey, McKenna Kelly, Whitney McGinn, Danielle Turcotte) presented bouquets of flowers to their parents, and the Newcomb junior and senior girls (Elena Ebbeke, Sara Fransson) presented flower bouquets to their Newcomb host families. Both Elena (from Germany) and Sara (from Sweden) are part of the international student contingent that arrived at Newcomb Central School in September of last year. Head Coach Steve McNally and Assistant Coach Kevin Bolan worked well with the team throughout the season. We improved the whole season, and it was rewarding according to McNally. We all grew together as a team, and the end result was wonderful. While looking forward to next season, McNally said that he has high hopes for the teams chances, but, he said, Well miss the leadership of Emma and Whitney and the effort put into the team by Elena and Sara.

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