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Saturday, March 10, 2018: Ossining girls advance, but Griffin injured

   Leading off today: Ossining achieved its objective Friday in the NYSPHSAA girls Class AA basketball quarterfinals, but it may have come at a price.

   Pride junior Aubrey Griffin piled up 36 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in a 90-78 victory over Elmira at Pace University, but she left the game in the final minute with a knee injury.

   Griffin reported a funny feeling in the knee after landing on a lay-up. There was no contact on the play.

   The knee was wrapped in ice after the game and coach Dan Ricci said athletic trainer Luis Iglesias "wasn't happy" after examining the Division I prospect.

   Griffin missed all of last season with an ACL tear.

   "Tomorrow will tell a lot," Ricci said.

   If Griffin cannot play next weekend in Troy, Ossining will run more of the offense through junior forward Kailah Harris and senior guard Kelsey Quain, who scored 23 apiece vs. Elmira.

   Elmira sophomore Kiara Fisher finished with 25 points and freshman Zaria DeMember-Shazer added 23 points and 11 rebounds.

   More NYSPHSAA girls: Binghamton Seton Catholic led by as many as 38 points in the third quarter and beat Saugerties 71-43 of the Class A quarterfinals at SUNY New Paltz.

   Ava McCann scored 20 points on the strength of 6-for-12 shooting on 3-pointers. Marina Maerkl added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Julia Hauer had 15 points and nine rebounds.

   Hauer, who scored her 1,000th career point in the previous game, hauled down her 1,000th rebound.

   Mount Vernon advances: Mount Vernon improved to 19-3 all-time vs. Section 9 opponents (see their game-by-game results here) in state tournament action by beating Pine Bush 63-58 in a boys Class A quarterfinal.

   The defending NYSPHSAA champs got 23 points from senior Jason Douglas-Stanley and 12 points, eight assists and two steals from senior Demetre Roberts.

   Mount Vernon went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter and led 35-23 at halftime only to fall behind 48-42 in the third quarter. The Knights regrouped to go on a 13-1 run to open the final period.

   Bryan Powell had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Pine Bush.


   More NYSPHSAA boys: Junior Zeke Blauner scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of Ardsley's 47-31 win over New Paltz. The Panthers held New Paltz scoreless for the final 9:36.

   "This is something big," Blauner said. "This is the furthest Ardsley has ever been, so it's crazy. This means a whole lot to the whole community."

    • Bridgehampton, which began its season with a five-player roster and six straight losses, saw its season end in the Class D quarterfinals with a 61-44 loss to Newfield.

   Sophomore Josh Wood led Newfield with 22 points, with all but one of those points coming over the first three quarters. Freshman Jacob Humble made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points.

   More CHSAA girls: Two of the three Monsignor Martin girls basketball teams in New York City won state semifinals.

   Cardinal O'Hara began the second half on a 17-0 en route to a 52-48 win against St. Anthony's in Class AA. Kiara Johnson paced the winners with 11 points to set up a final against Christ the King.

   In Class A, Sacred Heart defeated Syosset Our Lady of Mercy 76-63 behind a combined 49 points from Siobhan and Micaela Ryan. The Sharks play St. John Villa on Saturday in the final.

   St. John Villa eliminated Brooklyn St. Joseph 57-38 to advance to the final for the first time since 2003.

   Senior guard Gianna Kroczynski led the way with 14 points.

   Indoor track: Haleigh Morales, Sofia Housman, Deandra Francois and Katelyn Tuohy finished in 11:44.38 as North Rockland won the girls distance medley relay for the third straight year at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory.

   Saratoga finished second in 11:52.96.

   Tuohy took the baton in fifth place on the anchor leg but ran a 4:38.62 and pulled away from Saratoga's Kelsey Chmiel (4:48.79).

   "This is the first time she was chasing people down (in the DMR). She loves to do that," North Rockland coach Brian Diglio said.

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