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Girls basketball: Defense propels Bethlehem past Guilderland

Eagles soar into sole possesion of third place in division

— Bethlehem built its lead to 38-25 entering final quarter. The Eagles swarming defense then closed out the final eight minutes by holding the Lady Dutch to three field goals.

"This was a big game for our seniors, and we really wanted to win for them,'' said junior Bridget Murphy, who led all scorers with 15 points. "We've been working really hard on defense all year and tonight it showed. Our help defense really worked and we talked as a team.

Freshman Gabby Giacone scored 14 points and added eight rebounds.

"This was a big game and we wanted to win badly,'' said the 5-foot-11 forward. "This was one of the best defensive games we played all year. We started in a zone, and then went to man. We closed out on their shooters, and that was the difference.''

Guilderland was led by seniors Amanda Kernozek and Cristal Bentron, who contributed nine points apiece.

Bethlehem will be looking to avenge a two-point loss to Colonie when the two teams meet Tuesday night.

"Gettting better and better this time of year is just what you want,'' Bixby said. "Yes, we'd like to avenge that loss where they got us by two the fifth game of the season, but we've got to keep our eyes out for everyone heading into sectionals.''

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