High school basketball: Ossining, Irvington girls win state titles; New Rochelle, Burke Catholic advance
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Ossining's and Irvington's girls basketball teams put exclamation points on their memorable seasons by winning state championships Saturday, while the New Rochelle and Burke Catholic boys squads are each one victory away from doing the same.
In Troy, Saniya Chong, the Gatorade State Player of the Year, had 34 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ossining to an 86-69 victory over Gates-Chili in the Class AA championship game. Chong, who has committed to the University of Connecticut, broke the state's single-season scoring record in the game; she has 902 points.
Jalay Knowles had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 14 points for Ossining.
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Earlier, Irvington won its fourth consecutive Class B girls title by routing Waterloo 78-40.
Ryan McMahon paced the Bulldogs with a career-high 26 points.
“I can’t even put it into words,” McMahon told MSGVarsity of the “four-peat.” “It never gets old. It’s nice to have a good game, especially here (in the championship). But it really is just about the entire team and how everybody plays, and I think that everybody else played really well, too.”
Meanwhile in Glens Falls, New Rochelle's boys team continued its Cinderella march by defeating Northport 60-46 in the Class AA semifinals. The Huguenots will face Bishop Kearney at 3:15 p.m. Sunday for the title.
New Rochelle's Joe Clarke finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight steals.
Khalil Edney, who gained overnight fame with his miraculous 55-foot shot at the buzzer in the Huguenots' Section 1 championship game victory over Mount Vernon, added 13 points and four rebounds. Edney, however, said he refuses to believe it is a “miracle” that the Huguenots are on the brink of a state championship.
“I don't think it's because we're a team of destiny,” he said. “We worked hard every day in practice and every game, and in my eyes we deserve to be here. That shot was just one shot. We just need to stay focused and get one more win.”
In the Class A boys semifinals, Burke Catholic scored the game's first nine points and then played most of the fourth quarter on cruise control in a 68-50 victory over Amityville.
Jack Dwyer scored 18 points for the Eagles, who will play McKinley at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the final.
In other games involving Hudson Valley teams, Lake George's boys team defeated Pine Plains 55-45 in the Class C final; unbeaten Argyle routed Martin Luther King Jr. 58-33 in the Class D boys title game; and Harpursville's girls squad beat Alexander Hamilton in the Class C semifinals.
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