The Pride ended their regular season on a high note, cruising past Irvington behind a big performance from, who else, Saniya Chong. Chong posted a near triple-double, but so did freshman Shadeen Samuels. If that game was a preview of things to come, Ossining may cruise to the state semifinals.
The Bulldogs ended their regular season with a sour taste, playing poorly (by their standards) against Ossining. However, sometimes a loss can light a fire under a team, and if there is any coach that can get a team to bounce back heading into the playoffs, it’s Gina Maher.
The Patriots ended their regular season with just one loss against league-rival Lourdes in early January. John Jay-EF reached the semis last year, but ran into the Ossining juggernaut. The seeds have played out and the Patriots won’t face Ossining until the championship, but Lourdes will most likely be waiting for them in the semis.
Pearl River has been on fire of late and the Pirates are in the perfect position to repeat as Class A champions. It certainly won’t be an easy road, but Lorraine Moylan will have this team as prepared as possible.
Lourdes sits in that second tier behind Ossining and will have the chance to play its way into the County Center, and possibly the finals. The Warriors don’t have some of the raw talent that some of the other top teams in Class AA, but they make up for it by running their system to near perfection.
The Trojans lost to Ossining in another legendary performance by Saniya Chong, but may have gained some real experience in the loss. It’s not often that Class B teams play against teams like Ossining, and in the big moments of the playoffs, the Trojans can fall back on the experience they had playing against a better team late in the season.
The Gaels had the bulk of their big games in the first half of the season and have taken care of business of late. Kennedy lost its backup power forward for the season with a knee injury and one of its starting guards, Sara Dowd, is currently out with an ankle injury. Dowd needs to get back if Kennedy wants to compete for a Class B championship.
Monroe-Woodbury has played the best basketball in Section 9 this year and is the favorite to take home a Class AA championship. The Crusaders don’t have the pure talent to compete with Ossining, but as the saying goes: anything is possible.
Sleepy Hollow will have plenty of rest by the time its first round game comes around. The Headless Horsemen do not have the same strength of schedule as some of the other Class A teams, but don’t let that fool you. Sleepy Hollow can play.
The Red Raiders have lost Maia Hood for the year, severely hurting their chances at a state championship. However, Tiffany Corselli will return for the playoffs, so the Red Raiders remain in the No. 10 spot for now. New Rochelle, Clarkstown South, Ursuline, Wallkill and Arlington are on the bubble.