No. 1 St. Anthony's (23-2) vs. No. 2 St. John the Baptist (19-5)
What's up everyone? It's a battle between the two best teams on Long Island for the NSCHSAA championship here at Hofstra. St. Anthony's went undefeated in league play to earn the No. 1 seed. The Friars beat SJB on Dec. 14, 52-39. They led 38-15 at the half. The second game was more competitive with the Friars winning 49-43 on Jan. 20.
But SJB is a different team since the teams last played. The offense is finally clicking with five consecutive games of at least 60 points. The Cougars, the preseason favorites and defending champions, have won six of the last seven CHSAA championships.
I'll keep up updated on the action. Game time is 2 p.m.
With 5:36 left in the quarter, the Friars lead 4-3. Micki Impellizeri has all four points for SA and Alexis Smith has all three for SJB.
At the end of the first quarter, SA leads 18-13. Impellizeri has nine points and Kerrin Maurer has six points. Alexis Smith has seven points to lead SJB.
SJB pulled within 18-15 on a putback by Anastasia Williams before Symone Kelly scored. The Friars lead 20-15 with 4:28 left in the half.
Williams scores five consecutive points to tie the score at 20. Kimani Jackson gives the Friars the lead back with a drive to the hoop. It's 22-20 in favor of the Friars.
Kelly picks up her third foul with 2:24 left and Kristen McMahon hits both free throws. It's tied at 22.
Maurer hit two free throws with 1:40 left and Chastity Taylor scored the next four points to cap a 6-0 run to close the half and give the Friars a 28-22 lead at the half.
Williams leads SJB with nine points and Smith has seven points. Impellizeri has nine and Maurer has eight for the Friars.
Having technical issues here. St. Anthony's leads 41-40 with 6:12 left in the game. Hope to stay connected this time.
Micki Impellizeri goes 1-for-2 from the line and Kelly picks up her fourth foul with 5:57 left. SA leads 42-40.
McMahon goes 1-for-2 from the line and SJB is within 42-41. Johanna Impellizeri goes 2-for-2 from the line with 4:38 left to make it 44-41.
McMahon scores on a three-point play with 3:36 left and it's tied at 44. Alexis Smith scores on a drive with 3:34 left and SJB leads 46-44.
Taylor hits two free throws and we're tied at 46. Thompson hits two free throws with 2:38 left and the Cougars lead 48-46.
Micki Impellizeri goes 2-for-2 from the line to tie it at 48. Kelly scores and Alexis Smith hits a pair of foul shots to tie the score at 50. Kelly scores on a putback with 1:03 left and the Friars lead 52-50.
Williams has a good look under the basket and misses with 30 seconds left for SJB.
Maurer goes 2-for-2 from the foul line with 15.4 seconds left and the Friars lead 54-50.
McMahon goes 1-for-2 from the line with 1.4 seconds left.
St. Anthony's wins 54-51.