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Leah Burden, Abigail Selhorn lift Carle Place to ‘B’ finals

Carle Place's Leah Burden, right, drives to the

Carle Place's Leah Burden, right, drives to the basket against Wheatley's Sami Rothstein, left, in a Nassau girls basketball playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Old Westbury. Credit: Anna Sergeeva

Carle Place’s Leah Burden and Abigail Selhorn call themselves “the duo.”

The pair have been best friends since kindergarten and played AAU basketball together for six seasons before bringing their talents to the Frogs.

Girls basketball coach Michael Bello did one better Saturday, calling his super sophomores “the dynamic duo.”

Bello has good reason. Selhorn scored 18 points and Burden 16 as two-time defending champ Carle Place defeated Wheatley, 60-37, in a Nassau Class B semifinal at SUNY-Old Westbury.

Carle Place (13-7) meets Oyster Bay (6-14) for the third time in four seasons for the Nassau B crown at noon Thursday at SUNY-Old Westbury. The two teams split their regular-season meetings.

“Leah was big for us in the first half,” Bello said. “Abby took over for us in the second half.”

The aptly-named Burden was able to take up the scoring “burden” for the Frogs in the first half when 6-foot Selhorn was whistled for her second foul late in the first quarter and sent to the bench. Burden, a 5-7 guard, had 13 first-half points and helped Carle Place to a 26-22 halftime lead. Allison LaMonica had 10 first-half points for scrappy Wheatley (3-17).

“I told them that was the best half we had played all together,” Wildcats coach Ashley Rogala said. “But in the second half we had no answers.”

Giana McKeough (four points) and Caroline McLaughlin (six) took turns playing man-to-man defense on LaMonica, who scored five points in the second half. Her 15 points were below her season average of 19.7, seventh-best in Nassau.

The Frogs led 41-27 after a 15-5 third quarter. Selhorn scored seven points in each of the third and fourth quarters and Carle Place closed the game on a 17-6 run to leave no doubt about the outcome.

“We’re all athletic,” Burden said.

“And we all hustle,” Selhorn chimed in.

“It’s all about dedication and hard work,” Burden finished.

Not to mention being a dynamic duo.

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