Bridgit Ryan, Harborfields finally get elusive LI Class A title

Harborfield's Bridget Ryan bring the ball up during

Harborfield's Bridget Ryan bring the ball up during the Southeast Regional Girls Class A High School basketball final. (Mar. 9, 2013)) (Credit: Alan J Schaefer)

Bridgit Ryan has waited five seasons, three Long Island finals and two other Suffolk title games for this.

The Harborfields senior was on the Tornadoes' girls basketball squads that lost to Glenn in the previous two county Class A championship games, and the teams that fell in the Long Island Class A title games to Division in 2010 and Floral Park in 2009.

But this year, it was Ryan's turn to take home the hardware.

Ryan scored all 13 of her points in the first half as Harborfields ran away from Garden City in the Long Island title game/Southeast state regional final at Adelphi, winning, 55-27, for its first LI title since 2007.

"I've been on varsity for five years, so to get this done my senior year means the world," Ryan said.

Harborfields (20-2) will play the Walkill vs. Maine-Endwell winner in a state Class A semifinal Friday in Troy at Hudson Valley Community College. Garden City finishes 16-5.

"She's just amazing," Harborfields coach Russ Tietjen said of Ryan. "She's put the team on her back the whole year and she's our leader. That's why I made her our captain."

Harborfields went on a 23-2 run over the first and second quarters to go up 27-6.

"We came out ready to play," Harborfields' Kristen Kelly said. "We really wanted this and weren't going to let anyone stop us."

In the first period, Ryan showed her versatility with seven points in a two-minute span. She converted a layup off a steal before knocking down a 25-foot three-pointer during the spurt to give the Tornadoes a 13-4 lead with 3:10 left in the quarter.

Kelly chipped in near the end of the period with a pretty assist when she fed Donasja Scott under the basket with a touch pass that made it 19-6 with 38 seconds left. Her second of two midrange jumpers in the final seconds made it 21-6 after one.

Late in the second quarter, Ryan hit two three-pointers from the corner to make it 35-13 at the half.

Kelly had 12 of her 14 points in the first half to go with 12 rebounds for the game. Scott finished with six points and six rebounds, and Amy Werbitsky had eight points and eight rebounds. Tara DeAngelo led Garden City with 10 points.

"We knew we had size inside," Tietjen said. "We thought that would be to our benefit, and Kristen, Amy and Donasja all played great inside."

Amy Luxemberg took on the offensive load for Harborfields in the second half with all eight of her points.

"This was our goal at the beginning of the season," Kelly said. "And we're not done yet."

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