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CLIFTON PARK: Plainswomen take round one

"We settled down offensively and made the extra pass (to create open shots)," said Bonitatibus. "Defensively, we made some successive stops."

Colonie built its lead to five points before Shen rallied. Waltersdorf and Barb Shea each drove for layups, and Waltersdorf added a free throw to tie the game at 38 with 4:01 left. Pintka briefly gave Colonie a one-point lead by making a free throw, but O'Dell hit a three-pointer to put Shen ahead 41-39.

"Once we got back our composure, we got back in our groove," said O'Dell.

Colonie tied the game twice in the last two minutes, but when O'Dell followed a missed three-pointer with a long jump shot with 25 seconds left, Shen had the lead for good.

"At the end of the game, we were getting the stops, but offensively we weren't making the extra pass, and we started forcing up shots," said Bonitatibus.

Allen sealed Shen's victory in the final 20 seconds. She forced a Colonie turnover near midcourt, and after getting the ball from Serita Holland off the resulting scramble, she made a layup to put the Plainswomen up four points.

"I was off all game," said Allen, who scored all of her four points in the final minute. "I finally came through at the end."

"Kelsey Allen may be one of the best-kept secrets until tonight," said Strube. "She's one of those kids kind of like Logan Pintka in that she can take it to the hoop, and she's very athletic."

Waltersdorf contributed 13 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter, and Shea added eight points for Shen. Sweeney scored 12 points, Amarando chipped in 11 points and Pintka added 10 points for Colonie.

The two teams meet again Feb. 9 in the final Suburban Council game of the regular season at Colonie, where Strube said he expects another battle.

"It's a great step for (my players), but it's only halfway through the season," he said.""

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