I'm live here at Hofstra for the NSCHSAA final between No. 1 Kellenberg and No. 2 St. John the Baptist. Kellenberg is going for its second consecutive title, while SJB is going for its sixth championship in seven seasons. The teams met twice in the regular season and split.

FIRST QUARTER: Kellenberg has jumped out to an 8-4 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter. Meghan Leap has four points. She has been playing well for Kellenberg.

Kamala Thompson hits a three-pointer to give SJB a 9-8 lead. Anastasia Williams has done a good job on the boards for SJB. She has four points. 

O'Connor scored to give Kellenberg a lead, but Thompson gets her own rebound and scores to make it 11-10. Lindsey Minor then hit a jumper off the glass to give SJB a 13-10 lead. That's the score after one quarter.

SECOND QUARTER:  When the Cougars defense is on, they are one of the toughest teams to score against and we are seeing that right now. Kellenberg is working so hard just to get open and are not getting good looks at the basket. Christine Bosco hits a three-pointer to give SJB a 16-10 lead with 5:29 left in the first half. Kellenberg calls a timeout.

Alexis Smith scores on a drive to make it 18-10. O'Connor gets a three-point play to pull Kellenberg within 18-13 with 4:33 left. O'Connor gets a block and that leads to a three-pointer by Leap to cut the deficit to 18-16. Thompson hits a jumper to make it 20-16. Donaldson scores on the other end to make it 20-18. Smith answers with a strong drive to the hoop. SJB leads 22-18 with 2:07 left in the first half.

O'Connor scores off a great pass from Katie Cunningham and Thompson hits a three-pointer. She has 10 points. SJB leads 25-20. 

O'Connor hits two free throws and a fade-away jumper. Kellenberg trails 25-24. That's the score at the half.

Thompson has 10 points, while Williams and Smith each have four for SJB. O'Connor has 13 points and four rebounds for Kellenberg. Leap has seven points.

THIRD QUARTER: O'Connor gives Kellenberg a 26-25 lead off a pass from Cunningham. Thomas scores and Thompson scores four straight to give SJB a 31-26 lead. O'Connor answers with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 31-29 with 4:38 left.

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Smith with another strong drive gives SJB a 33-30 lead with 3:15 left in the quarter.

Donaldson picked up her third foul with 2:47 left. SJB leads 33-30. Thompson has 14 points for SJB. O'Connor has 18 points four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

O'Connor gets fouled on a three-pointer attempt and goes 1-for-3 from the line with 2:23 left.to get Kellenberg within 33-31.

Smith gets a steal and fastbreak layup to give SJB a 35-31 lead.

SJB has gone a run. Everyone raved about Thompson and the way she played this summer and she is showing why tonight. She hit a three-pointer and got a steal and a layup to give SJB a 43-32 lead with 11 seconds left. Thompson has nine points in the quarter. She has 19 points. Thompson gets a block to end the quarter. This is the best I have seen Thompson play this season. After three quarters, SJB leads 43-32.

FOURTH QUARTER: Donaldson picked up her fourth foul with 7:44 left. She is now on the bench for Kellenberg. Cunningham hits a three-pointer and two free throws and O'Connor hits a short jumper to cut the deficit to 45-39.  

Leap scores on a three-point play with 5:37 left. Kellenberg trails 46-42. Thompson and Bosco hit three-pointer and Williams scores on a putback with 3:09 left to make it 54-46. Williams has played well, especially on the boards, but she has been down several minutes with an apparent knee injury, She is placing no weight on her right leg.

Cunningham goes 1-for-2 from the foul line with 1:56 left and Kellenberg trails 54-47. Williams is back in the game for SJB.

 SJB wins 58-47. That is the sixth title in seven seasons. Kamala Thompson led SJB with 22 points.