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Bethlehem girls rally past Mohonasen

"Basically, we changed our defensive sets every two or three minutes to give her something new to look at," said Bixby.

McClain continued to struggle in the fourth quarter. Even free throws -- normally, a shot McClain makes -- became a problem as she missed four foul shots in a row at one point.

"She missed some shots that she made in the first quarter," said Brosious. "But that's how we've been [in general] all year. We've been streaky."

McClain pulled it together late in the fourth quarter. She drained a pair of free throws and then scored off a steal to turn a 42-38 deficit into an even game again.

Once Murphy made her shot, though, Bethlehem's defense took over, as the Lady Eagles denied Mohonasen on a couple of occasions to seal the victory.

Oskam scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Murphy contributed 11 points for Bethlehem, which remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Colonie in the South Division standings.

Mallory Kuchis chipped in 12 points to complement McClain's efforts for Mohonasen, which has lost four of its last five games.

"There is a lot of good things going on for us," said Brosious. "I just feel that we have one more step to go."

Bethlehem can take a step closer to the South Division lead Tuesday when it hosts Colonie (11-2, 13-2). The Garnet Raiders defeated the Lady Eagles 60-32 when they met Dec. 14.

"We have to play our game," said Bixby. "When we played them the first time, we tried to play Colonie's game and that didn't work out for us. If we go out and play our game, that will work for us."

Mohonasen returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Averill Park.""

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