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Spartans topple Carthage, among teams going to finals

By MIKE LEVIN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's been a long time coming, but the New Hartford boys basketball team is finally going back to the Section III Class A final.  The #4 seeded Spartans, who last won the section title in 2007, beat #1 Carthage 57-43 Sunday night in the section semifinals at OCC's SRC Arena and will meet #2 Bishop Ludden in the Class A final at the Carrier Dome next Sunday night at 6:30. 

Jordan Henderson led New Hartford with 18 points, while twin brother Jared added 17.  Tom Clifford chipped in nine, on a trio of three pointers.  After trailing 27-24 at halftime, the Spartans outscored the Comets 15-5 in the third and 33-16 in the second half as a whole.

In other action Saturday, both boys and girls teams from NY Mills advanced to the section finals, with the boys beating Faith Heritage 56-43 in the Class D semis, and the girls edging Copenhagen 43-42. 

The boys will face Cincinnatus, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the D final, while the girls meet rival Oriskany in the girls final, Wednesday at 6.  The top seeded Lady Redskins, undefeated and the defending Class D champion, advanced with a 52-21 win over Sackets Harbor Sunday.

Clinton was the lone Mohawk Valley team who was not victorious Sunday, as the Warriors fell 62-49 to Westhill in the Class B semis.  Clinton, who had a fantastic season, finishes with a record of 16-4.

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