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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 16, 2012

Undefeated until end of regular season
BKW falters down the stretch, loses to Duanesburg

AMSTERDAM –– After going undefeated in 17 games, Berne-Knox-Westerlo finally cracked on Tuesday in a seven-point loss to Duanesburg.

“We really wanted to go 18-0, but the pressure was too great,” said Head Coach Tom Galvin this week. “The whole thought of an undefeated season had a negative effect on our game. We went cold.”

The Bulldogs had already beaten the Eagles by 11 points and 32 points in two previous meetings this season. The third game, played at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, was for the Western Athletic Conference Cup. BKW had hopes of bringing the hardware back to Berne.

“They were pretty happy to beat us,” Galvin said of Duanesburg. “They wanted a piece of us.”

BKW won its first 16 games by an average of 23.8 points per game, but Fort Plain gave the Bulldogs serious trouble last Friday in the WAC Cup semifinals. A brilliant hook shot from Liz Harvey and a huge rebound from Christina North was enough to take Fort Plain, 54 to 50.

“We have a target on our backs,” said Harvey on Friday. She scored 34 points against Fort Plain. “Everyone wants to beat us,” she said.

BKW had undefeated regular seasons in 2002-03 and 2003-04 under the direction of Galvin.

The Bulldogs (17-1) are seeded fifth in Class C for sectionals. The team hosts Mechanicville on Tuesday in the first-round.

“A sudden loss like this is hard,” Galvin said. “But, we’re hoping to refocus. I think losing a game took the pressure off.”

By Jordan J. Michael

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