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Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 1/30/2013 Ft Plain Assignment Fort Plain's Zach Sweet (L) and Stephen Belden (#43) battle Saratoga Catholic's Michael Naughton (#33) and Keegan Murphy (#10) for a loose ball during their game on Wednesday night.

Dave Wojeski / For The Recorder 1/30/2013 Ft Plain Assignment Fort Plain's Jacob Sardina makes contact with Saratoga Catholic's Brian Hall as he goes up for a shot during their game on Wednesday night.

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Fort Plain defeats Spa Catholic in OT

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Updated: 5:30 PM

Staff report

FORT PLAIN -- Marcus Failing scored a game-high 26 points, including all eight of Fort Plain's points in the overtime session to propel the Hilltoppers to an emotional 73-70 overtime victory over Saratoga Catholic in a Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game on Wednesday night.

The pre-game festivities included recognition of Fort Plain's seniors as well as paying tribute to former Fort Plain standout Bo Baker who was killed in a car accident last Friday.

"This was a really emotional game," said Fort Plain head coach Casey Russom whose team lost a 72-25 decision to the same Saratoga Catholic team earlier this season. "It was a well played game, probably the best high school basketball game that I've ever been a part of."

Saratoga Catholic sent the game into the overtime session when Ryan Czarnecki dribbled the length of the floor and drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 2.6 seconds left in regulation.

But Failing gave the Hilltoppers all it would need in the extra period, connecting on two, 3-pointers to help Fort Plain improve to 7-4 league. The Hilltoppers can clinch second place in the WAC Northern Division with a win at St. Johnsville on Friday night.

Keegan Murphy led Saratoga Catholic with 16 points with Czarnecki chipping in with 15 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

WAC

Fort Plain 36, Saratoga Catholic 32

Fort Plain went on a 13-6 fourth quarter run en route to a win over Saratoga Catholic.

Abby Boyer led Fort Plain with 14 points. Haley Kilmartin added eight points and Kendra Trembley finished with six points.

Kaylie Fish had 15 points to lead Saratoga Catholic.

Northville 36, Mayfield 34

Lyndsey Wadsworth tallied 19 points and Kelly Van Nostrand contributed with eight points to lift Northville to a win over Mayfield.

Nicole Little and Kylie Manoogian each scored 12 points to lead Mayfield.

BOWLING

Big 10

CBA 5, Amsterdam 2

Kyle Adams rolled a 623 to help CBA defeat Amsterdam.

Billy McGaffin tallied a 247-639 and Jake Cetnar bowled a 232-629 to lead Amsterdam (73-25).

Canajoharie boys and girls squad

In recent high school bowling action, the Canajoharie boys won two matches and the girls split a pair.

Tuesday, the Cougars were 3-1 winners against Middleburgh, as Bailey Pitonza bowled a 226-621 in the victory, while Mike Bowman added a 225-584. In all, the Cougars outpinned Middleburgh, 2,897-2,726.

Meanwhile, against the Middleburgh girls, the Lady Cougars suffered a 4-0 setback, getting outpinned, 2,030-1,532. Brittany Nelson's 171-493 led the winners, while Canajoharie's Kiara Putnam posted a 173-473 and Kendra Kilcullen had a 108-287.

Wednesday, both squads posted victories against Saratoga Central Catholic. Pitonza (213-629) was again the top bowler for the Cougars -- who won 4-0 -- while Chris Parino's 228-623 was the day's second best. For the girls -- 3-1 winners -- Kara Putnam had a 176-439 and Courtney Cyr posted a 113-295, while SCC's Anlya Billington had a 140-355.

     

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