Glenn girls fall in state semis

Glenn's Rachel Miller tries to get the ball Glenn's Rachel Miller tries to get the ball from opponent Renetta Fordham of Rochester East at the NYSPHSAA Girl's Basketball Tournament in Troy. (March 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Pat Orr

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TROY, N.Y. -- Allison McKenna went upstate averaging a double-double (20.6 points and 11.5 rebounds) but had yet to face a player of comparable size.

The 6-2 Glenn senior did all she could against 6-1 Rose Ayala of Rochester East on Friday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Eagles beat Glenn, 66-49, in a state Class A girls basketball semifinal at Hudson Valley CC.

McKenna had 16 points and six rebounds, Emma Klis had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Meaghan Haber also scored 10 points for Glenn (21-2).

Ayala proved to be a formidable foe on the inside for McKenna, who got in foul trouble early.

"She's very strong and athletic, so it was hard, but that's why I got into foul trouble. It's hard to stop her," said McKenna, who fouled out for the first time all season with 6:46 to go. "I think they had two big girls, so it was hard to stop them. They just kept going to the basket and trying to draw the foul. They knew I was in foul trouble so they kept coming."

Ayala, a transfer from Chesapeake, Va., had 19 points and 16 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end for the Eagles.

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"That was unexpected. We saw that she scored, she had some good games, but I didn't realize what a strong post player she was," Glenn coach Andy Athanas said of Ayala. "I kept Ali off her for half the game because I know the foul trouble. Foul trouble is what hurt us."

Renetta Fordham (19 points) had 10 points in a 21-10 first quarter for Rochester East (20-3). The Eagles went on a pair of 9-0 runs in the first half, with the second making the score 30-12. Glenn responded with 12 straight points -- 10 by McKenna, including two three-pointers -- to cut the gap to 30-24.

The Eagles responded with a pair of baskets to take a 35-24 lead into halftime and shot 6-for-10 from three-point range in the first half. "That hurt us a lot," McKenna said. "They were a lot bigger than us. They got a lot more boards and played good defense."

Rochester East's Tyra Jones (14 points) had six points in another 9-0 run that made the score 44-29 with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

McKenna had all of her points in the first three quarters and the rest of the Knights had only 15. Mackenzie Sivilli, Haber and Klis shot a combined 8-for-36, including 4-for-19 from three-point range, as Glenn shot just 31 percent from the field.

"It was pretty bad, but what are you going to do? That happens," Athanas said of the shooting. "This is a different environment for us. This is a college gym, the baskets have no depth perception . . . You have days like that. If you're going to shoot from the outside, you've got to live and die by it. They had a good day and we didn't."

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