Leading off today: Jamesville-DeWitt
made it three straight NYSPHSAA girls Class A basketball championships by defeating Elmont 64-51 at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday.
Sophomore Gabby Stickle went on a 3-point binge in the third quarter, connecting from beyond the arc on four straight possessions to finish with 16 points, and freshman Momoka LaClair contributed 14 points.
"We call them the young'uns," J-D coach Rob Siechen said. "And we've got some young'uns that can play."
Seniors Meg Hair (13 points), Jamie Boeheim (eight) and Kasey Vaughan (10) head to next weekend's Federation tournament in Glens Falls as the leaders of a program that is 115-21 over five seasons. The Red Rams were New York State Public High School Athletic Association finalists in their eight- and ninth-grade seasons.
Kem Nwabudu paced Elmont with 20 points.
Girls Class B: In a game tight from start to finish, Susquehanna Valley improved to 25-0 with a 55-52 victory against Irvington for its second title in four years.
Trinasia Kennedy, who finished with 20 points, picked off a long pass and got the ball to Hannah Haskell, who was fouled with 32.1 seconds to go and made two free throws for an insurmountable five-point lead.
Kennedy was crucial on defense, limiting senior forward Kelly Degnan to 1-for-7 shooting.
"Trinasia, as usual, comes up big for us," senior guard Holly Manchester said after finishing with 11 points. "She knows what she has to do and she got the job done."
The Sabers took their biggest lead at 41-34 when Haskell connected with 7:35 to play, but Irvington chipped away with an 8-0 run to take the lead.
Manchester answered with a banked 3-pointer -- "The luck of the Irish. Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone," she said -- and then Maeve Donnelly received a pass on the left block and found a cutting Kennedy for a layup.
After an Irvington free throw, Kennedy was fouled on a fast break and made both foul shots for a 48-43 advantage with 2:50 to go.
Girls Class C: Erin Fox scored 26 points and was named tournament MVP as Millbrook prevailed over Syracuse Academy of Science 67-64 in overtime.
SAS sophomore Erykah Pasha made two free throws after being fouled with no time on the clock to force the OT.
Millbrook junior Sam McKenna scored her 1,000th career point in the win, finishing with 18 points.
Lyrik Jackson led SAS with 24 points, followed by Diamonne Harris with 23.
Boys Class B: Mekeel Christian captured its first state championship in any sport by defeating Binghamton's Seton Catholic 42-37 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
The win was the 400th in Chad Bowman's coaching career at Mekeel.
Mekeel scored just five fourth-quarter points but put the game away on two free throws by Carter Stewart that made it 41-37 with 17 seconds left and a Gideon Agbo foul shot with :06 to play.
"We didn't play great offense. We didn't play good on