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Mackenzie and Monika Sivilli lead Glenn girls basketball win

Glenn's Mackenzie Sivilli controls the ball during first

Glenn's Mackenzie Sivilli controls the ball during first half action. (March 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

It took all 32 minutes to decide a winner in a battle of unbeaten girls basketball teams as Glenn and Cold Spring Harbor were locked in a defensive slugfest Saturday.

In the end, it was Glenn's defense and clutch foul shooting that propelled the Knights to a 46-45 victory over the Seahawks.

Monika Sivilli's three-pointer to open the fourth quarter gave Glenn (6-0) its largest lead of the game at 38-28. But after that, Cold Spring Harbor (3-1) went on a run and pulled ahead 43-42 with 2:25 remaining after a three-pointer by Alexandra Bounfiglio.

Cold Spring Harbor held the lead until Emma Klis hit two free throws to put Glenn back in front 44-43 with just 25 seconds remaining.

Then Glenn's defense buckled down and Mackenzie Sivilli stole the ball and was fouled with five seconds left. Sivilli, who led Glenn with 15 points and five assists, made both free throws. Bounfiglio, who had 13 points for Cold Spring Harbor, made a field goal with only a second remaining to provide the final margin.

"It was all about defense," Glenn coach Andrew Athanas said. "We were missing shots but defensively, we hung in there. We forced some key turnovers at the end of the game and hit free throws."

Athanas had high praise for Mackenzie Sivilli, who showed off her free-throw shooting -- more than 90 percent on the season, according to Athanas -- and defense in the final minute.

"She's our point guard and our floor general," he said. "She calls our defense and offense. She's really the heart of the team on both ends of the court."

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