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Class B, C girls teams battle for LI crowns

East Rockaway's Theresa Amabile, Emily D'Archangelis and Alyssa

East Rockaway's Theresa Amabile, Emily D'Archangelis and Alyssa Marinazzo celebrate after winning the Nassau Class C crown. They face Suffolk champion Stony Brook in the Long Island Class C title game. (Feb. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

The Long Island Class B and C girls basketball games Tuesday night at St. Joseph's College will decide which L.I. teams advance to the Southeast Regional Friday at Pace University. The winners of those games advance to the state semifinals at Hudson Valley CC.

Class B: Locust Valley (12-8) vs. Center Moriches (17-7), 5 p.m.:

Center Moriches' profile has risen in the last month. The Red Devils won the Suffolk Class B championship as the No. 3 seed, then defeated the county Class C and A champions to become Suffolk's small-school champions. The Red Devils kept it close early Saturday against AA champion Sachem East before eventually falling, 59-31. During this run, Jessica Bandrowski and Amber Davis emerged as All-Long Island candidates for CM.

Locust Valley has not played since the Nassau B/C title game Feb. 27 and has played only twice since Feb. 8. The team hopes the hiatus won't interrupt Alexis Monserrate's hot streak. Monserrate scored 30 points in the county championship game and had 12 in the second half of the B/C title game. Isabel Pagliaccio and Courtney Morgan also are dangerous scorers for the Falcons.

Class C: East Rockaway (18-2) vs. Stony Brook (19-2), 7:30 p.m.:

Stony Brook hopes to go upstate again after reaching the state semifinals a year ago. The Bears' on-court leader, point guard Sadie Singer, was injured during last season's playoff run and has made a significant contribution this season. Brannon Burke and Emily Carmel also are keys for the Bears, who held opponents to 27.2 points per game in the regular season and allowed only 15 points in the Suffolk title game.

East Rockaway has not lost since Jan. 3, and the Rocks proved something in their 38-36 overtime victory over Locust Valley in the B/C title game. East Rockaway rolled undefeated through Conference ABC-III and Class C and overcame a Locust Valley squad that plays in the higher-ability Conference ABC-II.

The Rocks are loaded with experience. In the past four games, four different seniors - Alli Pacheco, Emily D'Archangelis, Alyssa Marinazzo and Lenna Degiulio - have led the Rocks in scoring.

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