McKenna's 16 not enough to lift Glenn
Glenn ran its offense through 6-2 center Allison McKenna for the past two seasons and Rochester East was not caught by surprise in Friday's state semifinals.
"We knew they went through their big girl. We didn't see much out of the guards," Rochester East coach Mario Velazquez said after his team's 66-49 win over Glenn at Hudson Valley CC. "I know they had [Emma Klis], we knew she was good shooter but other than that we didn't see much out of the other guards."
McKenna came into Friday's game averaging 20.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.8 blocks and increased her output to 23.5 points and 15.3 rebounds during four postseason games. The SUNY-Geneseo-bound volleyball and basketball star had 16 points and six rebounds and fouled out for the first time all season with 6:46 left to play with Glenn trailing 51-31.
"We tried to keep two bodies on her as much as possible," Velazquez said. "To be aware of where she is and try not to let her hurt us."
The Eagles used 6-1 Rose Alaya and 5-10 Tyra Jones to try and slow down McKenna and the duo was successful. Part of that success was due to the poor shooting performance of Glenn's outside shooters, who usually create opportunities for McKenna on the inside.
Glenn (21-2) shot 31.3 percent as a team Friday but without McKenna (7-for-13) the rest of the team shot 25.9 percent including 20 percent from three-point range.
"It's frustrating but we're a young team too so we're nervous," McKenna said. "I don't blame anybody for shooting poorly."
With McKenna in foul trouble early and no consistent outside shooting, the Knights were unable to find any sort of rhythm on offense or create chances to get the foul line. The Knights made one of four throws while the Eagles made 11 of 28.
"The ball's got to be pounded inside to give the opportunity for those people to shoot from the outside," Glenn coach Andy Athanas said. "Then you've got to let them shoot. If it goes in it goes in, if it doesn't that's that."