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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014: Broken rim suspends basketball game

   Leading off today: Noah Arciero didn't bring the house down at Ballston Spa on Tuesday, just the rim.

   With his team up 6-2 less than 2:00 into the game, the 6-foot-5 Saratoga Springs player stole the ball at the top of the key and headed to the basket all by himself. In attempting (and successfully executing) a two-handed dunk, Arciero snapped the rim off its mount, leaving the hoop dangling from the backboard by a thread.

   After a 10- to 15-minute stoppage to fix the rim didn't solve the problem, the game was suspended until Thursday.

   If you thought that was strange ... Regulation in a game in Washington State over the weekend probably ended in a fashion unlike anything you've ever seen.

   With the score tied, Grandview (Wash.) stole the ball and broke down the court in the closing moments with a chance to win against river Prosser High.

   As you can see in the video below, Bryce Carpenter drives to the basket and lays the ball on the rim ... literally.

   You and I could execute the ball 10,000 times in a row and the ball would either drop through the hoop for two points or fall away for a miss all 10,000 times. But in Carpenter's case, the ball just sat there until the regulation buzzer sounded.

   Grandview went on to win 72-70 in overtime.

   Girls basketball: Tuesday was a very good night for girls basketball matchups around the state, headlined by a Long Island nail-biter.

   Mei-Lyn Bautista (12 points) of second-ranked Manhasset St. Mary's made three of four free throws in the final :20 to beat No. 6 St. Anthony's 58-56 in a clash of CHSAA squads ranked in the state's Class AA top 10. Jordan Agustus scored 18 points for St. Mary's, which was down double-digits in the third quarter.

   In Class AA action in Section 2, No. 30 Shaker overwhelmed No. 8 Shenendehowa 61-33. Shaker senior point guard Jenni Barra led the way with 17 points.

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   "I don't think we got the respect we deserved and we used it as motivation," Coach Emily Caschera-Blowers, a former Shen star, told The Times Union. "We wanted to prove we're better than 30th in the state. Shen was ranked ahead of us. We wanted to prove how good we are and how much of a unit we are."

   In Section 5, No. 18 Penfield handed No. 24 Rush-Henrietta its first loss 39-27. Margot Hetzke led the Patriots with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

   In Section 6, Frontier knocked off No. 16 Jamestown 53-38 by running up a 30-10 margin after the half. Four Frontier players scored in double figures led by Kaitlyn Lipka's 13. Caisey Lipka had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

   In Class D, Jordan Beers scored 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead No. 4 Franklin to a 61-47 triumph against No. 16 Schenevus. Marisa Cawley added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

   Beers (2,126) passed Spencer-Van Etten graduate Evie VanHouten (2,102), Milford's Shannon Weir (2,116), and Davenport's Samantha Meyerhoff (2,121) and Rena Goble (2,121) on Section 4's career scoring list to claim the No. 5 spot.

   Awards time: Corning freshman Jessica Lawson has been selected Gatorade's New York girls cross country runner of the year.

   Lawson was the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B champion and also earned the Federation individual title. She finished seventh at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional and 27th nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

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