Super Seven: State tournament hoops
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NEW YORK STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Saturday, March 10
At SUNY New Paltz
Class C boys: Tuckahoe 72, East Rockaway 58
Undefeated Tuckahoe (23-0) outscored East Rockaway 23-13 in the fourth quarter period to finally pull away. Senior star Sky Williams had a game-high 22 points to pace the Tigers. Teammates Shyheim Nixon (18 points), Justin Nolan (15 points) and Mark Raymond (13 points) rounded out the offensive production for Tuckahoe, which square off against Mechanicville (Section 2) in the NYS semis at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 5 p.m.Center.
Class B boys: Burke Catholic 69, Center Moriches 41
Class D boys: Livingston Manor 69, Bridgehampton 53
At Farmingdale State
Class B girls: Irvington 74, Southampton 41
Defending state champ Irvington rolled back to the NYS final four with a convincing win over Section 11's Southampton. Marley Giddins paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 23 points, while Brittini Lai chipped in with 18. Lexi Martins added 15 points and 19 rebounds. Irvington will square off against Section 7's Saranac Central in the semis at Hudson Valley Community College on March 16 at 11:45 a.m.
Class C girls: Coleman Catholic 66, Southold 25
STATE FINAL FOUR
At Glens Falls Civic Center
Friday, March 16
Class D semifinal: Livingston Manor vs. Madrid-Waddington, 11:45 a.m.
Class C semifinal: Tuckahoe vs. Mechanicville, 5 p.m.
Class B semifinal: Burke Catholic vs. Watervilet, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Class A semifinal: Tappan Zee vs. Jamesville-DeWitt, 10:45 a.m.
Class AA semifinal: Mount Vernon vs. TBA, 2:15 p.m.
Class D championship, 5:30 p.m.
Class C championship, 7:15 p.m.
Class B championship, 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 18
Class A championship, 1:30 p.m.
Class AA championship, 3:15 p.m.
At Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
Friday, March 16
Class B semifinal: Irvington vs. Saranac Central, 11:45 a.m.
Class A semifinal: Pearl River vs. Averill Park, 3:15 p.m.
Class AA semifinal: Ossining vs. Cicero-N. Syracuse, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Class B championship, 4 p.m.
Class A championship, 7 p.m.
Class AA championship, 8:45 p.m.
Friday, March 9
At Pace University
Class AA girls: Ossining 90, Binghamton 76
With UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma in the stands, Ossining superstar Saniya Chong didn't disappoint. The prized junior recruit totaled 39 points, four rebounds, eight assists and four steals to lead the Pride into the NYS final four. Ossining (23-0) will square off against the winner of Cicero-North Syracuse/Colonie on March 16 at Hudson Valley Community College at 8 p.m. Ossining — which lost to Binghamton in last year's NYS regional final — also got strong contributions from Jalay Knowles (22 points, 7 rebounds) and Destini Walker (15 points, 14 rebounds). Caity Kuhnen and Madison Ward poured in 19 apiece to power the Patriots (21-1).
Class AA boys: Mount Vernon 98, Middletown 44
Mount Vernon (21-2) senior guard Isaiah Cousins was spectacular for the Knights, posting 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks in one of his most complete games of the season. Teammate Jarrel Marshall added 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Knights led 29-6 after the first quarter and led 79-23 after the third quarter. Chaston Richardson had a team-high 13 points for Middletown (15-8). Mount Vernon will face the winner of Christian Brothers Academy and Utica Proctor in the NYS semis on March 17 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. At Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh
Class A boys: Tappan Zee 53, Marlboro 34
Section 1's Tappan Zee (24-0) flexed its muscles on defense en route to a convincing win over Section 9's Marlboro (17-5). The Dutchmen outscored the Dukes 32-14 in the second half. Senior star Pat Peterson led the way with a game-high 20 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out three assist. Teammate Billy O'Shea also chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Alex Smith paced Marlboro with a team-high 12 points. Tappan Zee will square off against the winner of Jamesville-DeWitt/Scotia-Glenville in the NYS semis on March 17 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Class A girls: Pearl River 59, Red Hook 41
Section 1's Pearl River (22-2) overcame an early deficit to score a convincing 18-point win over Section 9's Red Hook (15-7). The Pirates blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Red Hook 23-14. Senior standout Christa Scognamiglio paced Pearl River with a game-high 21 points, three assists, four rebounds and two steals. Teammate Christy Carty chipped in with 16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The Pirates will square off against the winner of Jamesville-DeWitt/Averill Park in the NYS semis on March 16 at Hudson Valley Community College.
Wednesday, March 7
At Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh
Class B boys: Burke Catholic 43, Albertus Magnus 38
Defending state champ Burke Catholic outscored Albertus Magnus 14-7 in the fourth quarter to earn a hard-fought victory. Zach Rufer had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles, who will face Long Island champ Center Moriches (Section 11) in the regional finals on March 10 at SUNY New Paltz at 1 p.m. Tyler Sayre paced Albertus Magnus with a team-high 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Teammate Jack Sullivan added 11 points.
Tuesday, March 6
At Westchester County Center
Class B girls: Irvington 79, Highland 36
Irvington jumped out to a commanding 24-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Lexi Martins paced the Bulldogs with 20 points and 16 rebounds. She also recorded two blocks and three steals. Teammate Marley Giddins also scored 20 points and added three assists. Brittany Lai had 12 points, seven assists and six steals to round out the production for Irvington, which will face Long Island champ Southampton (Section 11) the regional finals on March 10 at SUNY Farmingdale at 5 p.m. Kelly Murphy scored a team-high 10 points for Highland, which finished the year at 14-7. Alexandria Garcia added nine points.
Class C girls: Coleman Catholic 49, Hamilton 44
Coleman Catholic staged an impressive comeback to edge Hamilton in a thriller. The Statesmen fell into an early 13-2 first-quarter hole, however, they bounced back to outscore the Raiders 31-18 in the second half. Lauren Melville and Mackenzie Burud scored 12 points apiece to power Coleman Catholic. Teammates Emily Curley, Nicole Curley and Kate Schultz each added seven. Maia Hood and Amani Lightbourne paced Hamilton with 14 points apiece. Jasmine Robinson and Ayanna Behagan each chipped in with six. Coleman Catholic will square off against Long Island champ Southold (Section 11) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at a Section 9 venue to be determined.
Class C boys: Tuckahoe 62, Pine Plains 44
Senior star Sky Williams had a game-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and two steals as undefeated Tuckahoe (22-0) advanced to the regional finals against Long Island champ East Rockaway (Section 8) on March 10 at SUNY New Paltz at 2:45 p.m. Teammate Shyheim Nixon filled up the stat sheet with six points, six assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Justin Nolan (eight points, nine rebounds) and Tyler Freire (seven points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals) also chipped in for the Tigers, who outscored Pine Plains 34-16 in the second half to pull away. Rob Lamont paced the Bombers with a team-high 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Brothers Zach Lydon (10 points, six rebounds) and Tyler Lydon (three points, 14 rebounds) rounded out the production for Pine Plains, which fell to Tuckahoe in the regionals for the second straight year.
Class D boys: Livingston Manor 86, Greenburgh Academy 54
Troy Correa poured in a game-high 31 points as Section 9's Livingston Manor cruised to a 86-54 win over Section 1's Greenburgh Academy. Correa, a senior guard, scored 16 of his points in the third quarter as the Wildcats opened up a 74-37 lead heading into the fourth. Mike Mills (17 points), Ken Fisk (16 points) and Josh Janik (10 points) also contributed for Livingston Manor, which will square off against Section 11's Bridgehampton in the regional finals on March 10 at SUNY New Paltz at 4:30 p.m. Tony Testagrose totaled 13 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to pace Greenburgh Academy. Teammate Yubiny Henriques chipped in with 17 points.
At Johnson City High School
Class A girls: Pearl River 61, Owego 33
Pearl River had 24 steals as a team and jumped out to a 37-14 halftime lead. Senior Christa Scognamiglio led the way with 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals, six assists and 13 deflections. Allison Cook added 12 points, while Missy Scognamiglio contributed nine points, nine rebounds and five steals. Seniors Kerry Sullivan and Christy Carty both scored eight points. Sullivan had 10 rebounds, eight steals and four assists. Carty grabbed seven rebounds. The Pirates led 50-25 after three quarters. Pearl River moves on to the Class A regional final where it will face Section 9’s Red Hook at Mount Saint Mary College on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Class A boys: Tappan Zee 51, Seton Catholic 27
The Dutchmen rode a 19-0 run from the end of the second quarter until late in the third and blew out the Section 4 champions in a matchup at Johnson City High School. Pat Peterson recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists in the victory. Brian McLaughlin had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists, and Joe Letizia scored 10 points, seven coming during the 19-0 run. Eric Casey, playing in place of injured forward Brendan Donahue, had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Tappan Zee will play Section 9 champion Marlboro in the state regional finals on Friday at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh at 7:30 p.m.
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