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SURVIVORS: Blue Raiders recover from star's injury, beat Big Spring in playoffs

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It looked ugly at first.

After a 30-some mile trip, Middletown arrived in Newville for a preliminary round game against Big Spring in the District 3 Class AAA girls' basketball tournament to find a big, loud crowd. Then Middletown's leading scorer suffers a leg injury in the first quarter and is pulled from the game – and the Blue Raiders already have lost two other starters to season-ending injuries, thinning out the bench.

Feeling lucky?

Middletown's bench glued the pieces back together on offense after teammate Ja'lynn Burton-Jones left in the opening quarter, with two subs in particular contributing greatly to the Blue Raider offense, and Middletown, the district's 17th seed, used a full-court press in the second half after Burton-Jones' return to collar the 16th-seeded Bulldogs, 57-48 on Friday, Feb. 13 and turn dire straits into success.


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