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Warrensburg advances to Sectional semi-finals

The 2012-13 Warrensburg High School Girls Basketball Team includes (front, left to right): Amanda Gee, Chiara Russo, Makayla Baker, Braydin Smith, (row 2): Aineen Callahan, Liz Turner, Korynn Raymond, Kaylene Norton, Mika Morehouse,  Erin Langworthy and Catie Baker. (Not pictured): Merissa Hayes.

The 2012-13 Warrensburg High School Girls Basketball Team includes (front, left to right): Amanda Gee, Chiara Russo, Makayla Baker, Braydin Smith, (row 2): Aineen Callahan, Liz Turner, Korynn Raymond, Kaylene Norton, Mika Morehouse, Erin Langworthy and Catie Baker. (Not pictured): Merissa Hayes. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Reflecting on the game Sunday, Burgher coach Scott Smith said the team’s hard work in practice throughout the week prior to the game was key to the victory. Every day, the players hustled, focusing on the game plan, he said.

The players who don’t normally experience many game minutes assunmed the roles of Northville players, giving the starters an opportunity to practice their game plan. Among those playing such an important role, Smith said, were juniors Makayla Baker and Merissa Hayes; sophomores Aineen Callahan, Amanda Gee and Kaylene Norton; and senior Braydin Smith.

The coach also praised Turner, who played with vigor, tallying 11 rebounds, despite recovering from the flu.

“Our players really showed their character Friday,” Smith said.

Next up for the Burghers is a semifinal showdown with Adirondack League champions Fort Edward.

Smith said his team isn’t fazed by Fort Edward’s No. 3 ranking in the state, nor their19-0 season record. The Burghers are 10-9.

“We don’t mind being underdogs,” he said. “We’ll play as hard as we can – we’ll be leaving it all on the floor.”

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