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Sunday, March 18, 2018: Jamesville-DeWitt girls complete three-peat

   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.

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   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

  
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offense. We didn't play mediocre on offense. It was defense that got us through," Stewart said.

   Stewart, a four-year varsity player, scored 14 points and Jordan Jackson had 13. Seton Catholic's Leo Gallagher scored 17 points.

   Boys Class C: Lake George completed a 28-0 season by capturing its third NYSPHSAA title since 2013 with a 66-65 win over Northstar Christian in a rematch of last year's semifinal game.

   The Warriors, who lost the 2017 final to Moravia, led by 15 at halftime only to have Northstar make a game of it down the stretch.

   Caleb Scrime scored 20 points to lead four double-digit Warriors, closing it out with a layup with :07 to go. Northstar's Tray Roberts capped the scoring by making a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

   "It feels a lot better than last year, I'll tell you that," said junior forward Mason Flatley, who finished with 15 points.

   Lake George junior Chris Becker added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

   Mile Brown scored 25 points in a losing cause.

   Boys Class D: Buffalo East ended defending champion Moriah's 45-game winning streak with a 74-61 victory in overtime in Binghamton.

   Moriah's Dylan Trombley (29 points) tipped in a putback with :02 left in regulation to tie the game at 59, but Buffalo East scored the first 14 points of the overtime.

   "I've never felt like this ever in my whole life," said Willard Anderson, who recorded 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. "I wouldn't want to do it with any other group of guys that I did it with. I love my teammates."

   Justin Allen added 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Panthers.

   The victory gave Panthers coach Starling Bryant his fourth NYSPHSAA championship. He previously guided Buffalo Traditional to a three-peat starting in 1999.

   "Anytime you win a state championship you're blessed," he said. "Everyone on this team is blessed and so am I."


  
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