Whatever the outcome was for Southampton Wednesday night, the season would continue. Still, the game meant a lot for Paris Hodges and her Southampton teammates.
The Mariners were facing a Glenn team that beat them by 34 points in the regular season. But Southampton showed it's a much different team now. Hodges had 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists and her younger sister Noel had 10 points and seven rebounds for Southampton in a 46-40 upset win over Glenn in the Suffolk Small Schools girls basketball final at Farmingdale State.
Kesi Goree and Cassidy Guida each added 10 points for Southampton (19-3), which will play Riverhead in the Suffolk final at 5 p.m. Friday at State.
Allison McKenna had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocked shots for Glenn (20-1). It is the second straight season Glenn went undefeated into this game and lost. Glenn will play the Nassau Class A winner in the Long Island Class A final March 9 at 5 p.m. at State.
"It was very important to us," Paris Hodges said. "We have been the underdogs. It's a big moment in all of our lives. We played defense very well. Our man-to-man defense has brought us here and we executed it very well."
Noel Hodges scored on a three-point play with 34 seconds left in the first quarter to give Southampton an 11-10 lead and it never trailed.
"We came out strong," Guida said. "We weren't thinking about the loss we had to them. It's really exciting. It's a big achievement."
Paris Hodges scored six points in the third quarter. Guida hit two big shots in the fourth quarter. She scored a three-pointer with 4:46 left to make it 41-31 and scored on a putback with 1:28 left for a 44-35 lead.
Southampton played Riverhead and Glenn, and Lindenhurst, which made the Class AA semifinals in the regular season and lost each time.
"You can't get a sense of how tough it can be unless you play tough teams," Southampton coach Rich Wingfield coach. "We thank those teams. We're not the same team we were when we played those teams."