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Sunday, March 19, 2017: Baldwin ends Ossining's reign in Class AA

   Leading off today: Baldwin dethroned four-time defending champion Ossining, cruising to a 73-45 victory Saturday in the NYSPHSAA girls Class AA basketball final at Hudson Valley Community College.

   Junior Aziah Hudson scored 22 points and Montia Moon added 12 to lead the Bruins to the program's first state championship.

   Ossining coach Dan Ricci was ejected after receiving two technical fouls in the third quarter. The first came for berating the officials during a timeout, and the second came after a charging call against Pride star Andra Espinoza-Hunter.

   "That's the exact reason why I was worried about you doing this game," Ricci told the official, who is a Long Island-based referee, The Journal News reported.

   Espinoza-Hunter scored 10 points in the first three minutes to put the Pride up early and finished with 19 points in the game and 995 for the season.

   Class A final: Jamesville-DeWitt completed defense of its title at Hudson Valley Community College by rallying in the second half to down previously undefeated Pittsford Mendon 48-46.

   Trailing 27-22 at halftime in their fourth straight trip to the final, the Red Rams went on an 18-3 run in the third quarter with the help of back-to-back 3-pointers by eighth-grader Momoka LaClair to seize the lead they would never lose.

   Meg Hair scored 12 and senior Julia Kelner added 11 for J-D.

   Mendon cut a 10-point deficit down to one point down the stretch. A Momoka LaClair free throw with :07.3 to play completed the scoring, and J-D got a block by Kelner of a last-second Vikings shot from the paint after an inbounds pass from under the basket.

   Class B final: Tournament MVP Hanna Strawn scored 26 points on 9-for-11 work from the field and Binghamton Seton Catholic rolled past Irvington 86-67 for its second NYSPHSAA championship.

   Lexi Levy finished with 22 points on her 18th birthday and Ava McCann scored 18 for the Saints, who move on to next weekend's Federation tournament in Glens Falls.

   Seton Catholic closed the third quarter on a 15-5 run that included three baskets from Hauer and five points from Levy.

   Lindsay Halpin had 24 points for Irvington.

   Class C semifinals: Watkins Glen won its state semifinals debut, beating Mekeel Christian 60-49 with a balanced attack that saw six players score eight or more points. Emilia Bond led the way with 14 points.

   Mekeel point guard Elizabeth Singleton scored 28 points in a losing cause.

   A free throw from Hanna Morse, who missed a chunk of the first half with three fouls, allowed the Senecas to take a 43-39 lead into the closing eight minutes. Morse penetrated the lane to feed Kelly for a layup to start the fourth quarter, then drove for a layup of her own to make it 47-39 with 7:14 remaining.

    • Port Jefferson reached the final with a 71-53 win over South Seneca as the Royals' Courtney Lewis scored 31 points. Lewis shot 7-for-13 from the field and 17-for-22 from the free-throw line. 

   Jackie Brown's 3-pointer with :10 left in the third quarter gave Port Jefferson a 47-44 lead entering the final stanza.

   Led by four 3-pointers from Brown, Port Jefferson was 7 of 16 from behind the arc.

  


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   Class D semifinals: Paige McCormick finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as two-time defending champion Heuvelton overwhelmed Moriah 73-46. Kedan Mack scored 14 points and Alex Steele added 13.

   Heuvelton took command with a 29-point first quarter.

    • Panama knocked off previously unbeaten South Kortright 48-43 to earn a second consecutive trip to the final.

   Nicole Johnson led Panama in scoring with 14 points and Natalie Angeletti finished with 12. Alexa DuBois connected for 20 for South Kortright, including the Rams' final 10 of the contest.

   After DuBois tied the game with 1:36 to go, Lauren Barmore penetrated the lane and passed to Johnson for a lay-up and the lead for good.

   PSAL championships: James Madison rattled off the final 16 points on the third quarter en route to a 59-40 win over Lab Museum for the Class A championship and a berth in the Federation tournament semifinals against Staten Island Academy.

   Madison's lead was 22-20 at the half.

   In Class B, Holcombe L. Rucker downed Springfield Gardens 52-40.


  
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