Adam Ronis here live from Troy as we bring you coverage of today's semifinals. First up is Division against Lakeland in the state Class A semifinals. Game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start, but it might start a little later.
FINAL: Division loses, 51-45. The Dragons end the season at 20-2. Jarosz scores 31 points. Final stats to follow in a bit.
3:19 p.m.: Jarosz hits two free throws with 8.7 seconds left and Lakeland leads 51-45.
3:18 p.m.: Stuart misses a shot and Lakeland has the ball with 11 seconds left.
3:17 p.m.: Ballantyne hits a three with 18 seconds left and Lakeland turns it over. Division trails 49-45 with 17 seconds left and it has the ball.
3:15 p.m.: Pappalardo hits two free throws with 30 seconds left and Lakeland extends the lead to 49-42.
3:14 p.m.: Sara Oakes misses two free throws, but Parmese gets called for a double dribble. Lakeland leads 47-42 with 30 seconds left.
3:12 p.m.: Division forces a turnover, but then turns it over. Division went to the pressure defense way too late. Lakeland had a hard time bring the ball upcourt early in the game. Malings misses a three with 53 seconds left and then after an offensive rebound, Rea misses a three.
3:10 p.m.: Ballantyne attempts a runner, but it rolls out and Division fouls. Stokes misses the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:18 left. Ballantyne goes 2-for-2 from the foul line with 1:17 left and the Dragons trail 47-42.
3:04 p.m.: Malings gets a steal and a layup with 1:52 left. Division trails 47-40.
3:03 p.m.: Costello fouls out with 3:05 left in the game.
3:01 p.m.: Lakeland takes a timeout with 3:43 left. Division trails 45-36. Since the first quarter, Division has been outscored 38-22.
2:58 p.m.: The Jarosz show continues. Another layup inside for a 45-35 lead. Jarosz picks up her third foul with 4:06 left. Stuart goes 1-for-2 from the line. Lakeland leads 45-36.
2:56 p.m.: Costello is back in for Division.
2:51 p.m.: Malings gets a steal and layup before Kowalski hits a jumper. Lakeland leads 41-35.
2:57 p.m.: Jarosz scores inside with 4:45 left and Division trails 43-35.
Division has been outscored 32-19 the last two quarters.
2:47 p.m.: Parmese goes 1-for-2 from the line and Division trails 39-31. Stuart scores off a nice pass from Costello. The lead is cut to 39-33 with 10 seconds left. Costello picks up her fourth foul with five seconds left and that is not good for the Dragons. Lakeland leads, 39-33 after three quarters.
2:45 p.m.: Jarosz scores inside again and Division cannot hit a shot right now. The Dragons have four points in six minutes.
2:42 p.m.: Parmese with a nice move around Jarosz makes it 32-30, but Kowalski hits a three-pointer to make it 35-30. Pappalardo scores on a drive with 2:07 left and Division trails 37-30.
2:40 p.m.: Stuart misses two free throws with 3:56 left and Jarosz blocks the next two shot attempts. Division is really struggling and Jarosz is basically winning the game for Lakeland by herself.
2:37 p.m.: Jarosz scores inside and has 23 points. The lead is 32-26 and Division has yet to score in the half with 4:31 left. Stuart hit a jumper with 4:28 left as Division cuts it to 32-28.
2:35 p.m.: Jarosz goes 2-for-2 from the free-throw line and Lakeland leads 30-26. She has 21. Lakeland is 11-for-12 from the line.
2:38 p.m.: Parmese just misses a tear drop shot. It rolls out after a nice move.
First-half stats: Division is shooting 4-for-17, but three are three-pointers. The Dragons are 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Jarosz has 19 points and Rea and Parmese each have seven points. Division was outrebounded, 17-8. Lakeland had 11 turnovers; Division five.
HALFTIME: Lakeland 28, Division 26
2:21 p.m.: It's halftime and Division trails 28-26. Lakeland outscores Division 21-12 in the quarter to take the lead. Time for a bathroom break.
2:19 p.m.: Jarosz goes 2-for-2 from the line with one minute left. Lakeland leads 28-26.
2:18 p.m.: Pappalardo hits two free throws to tie the score at 26.
2:17 p.m.: Ballantyne hits a three-pointer off a pass from Parmese. Division leads 26-24.
2:15 p.m.: Parmese goes at Jarosz and scores to give Division the lead back, but guess what? Jarosz scores inside again. Lakeland leads 24-23.
2:06 p.m.: Jarosz hits two free throws and the lead has been cut to 14-9. Kowalski hits a three and Malings answers with a three for Division to make it 17-12. Pappalardo scores on a layup and it is 17-14. Jarosz scores on a putback and the lead is down to 17-16 for Division, which takes a timeout with 5:23 left.
2:12 p.m.: Rea scores on a drive and completes a three-point play as the Dragons lead 20-16. Jarosz answers with a layup inside. Jarosz picks up her second foul with 4:28 left. Parmese goes 1-for-2 from the line. Division leads to 21-18. Jarosz scores inside again. Jarosz scores on a short jumper with 3:19 left and Lakeland has taken a 22-21 lead. Jarosz has 15 points and she's scoring at will.
1:46 p.m.: The game has started. Costello hits a three-pointer and Parmese hits two free throws. Division opens a 5-0 lead.
1:49 p.m.: Parmese scores off a nice feed from Costello. The lead is 7-0 with 6:10 left.
1:50 p.m.: Lakeland is on the board as Jarosz goes 1-for-2 from the line.
1:52 p.m.: Pappalardo goes 2-for-2 from the line and the Divsion lead is trimmed to 7-3. Ballantyne answers with a long jumper. Division leads 9-3 with 4:30 left.
1:53 p.m.: Division is doing a good job keeping the ball out of Jarosz's hands. She is 6-3 and going to Vanderbilt. No one else is doing anything for Lakeland.
1:58 p.m.: Rea goes 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with 1:26 left. Division leads 11-3.
2:01 p.m.: Jarosz hits a jumper and gets a layup. Division leads 11-7 with 35 seconds left. Alicea has three fouls for Lakeland. Ballantyne goes 1-for-2 from the line. It is 12-7. Lakeland already has eight fouls. Rea goes 2-for-2 from the foul line with 12 seconds left. Division leads 14-7.
2:03 p.m.: Division leads 14-7 after one quarter. Rea and Parmese each have four points. Lakeland has had a difficult time getting the ball past halfcourt. Jarosz has five points for Lakeland, but Division has done a good job of keeping the ball out of her hands.
Here's a preview from Mark Macyk.
For the first time a team from America's first suburb will head to the state basketball final four. Division will play Lakeland in the state Class A semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hudson Valley CC. No other Levittown basketball team, boys or girls, has made it this far. The championship game will be played at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow.
Lakeland has been here before; the Hornets won the state title in 2007. Seniors Tori Jarosz and guard Kristin Pappalardo were freshmen on that team.
Division has not faced an opponent like Jarosz, a 6-3 center who will play at Vanderbilt next season. Lakeland runs its offense through Jarosz and she typically draws a double- or triple-team.
But the Blue Dragons have five players who are 5-10 or taller, and as captain Molly Bauer noted, "We have two amazing forwards who can pound it in the middle."
That's 5-10 Nicolette Parmese and 6-1 Kristen Costello, who will have their hands full with Jarosz. In addition, 6-1 shot-blocking machine Kristen Stuart comes off the bench and provides instant energy.
If the middle is plugged up, expect a big day from Division guards Julie Ballantyne, Taylor Malings, Christina Rea and Bauer. Malings (14 points) and Ballantyne (13 points) were Division's leading scorers in the Long Island Class A championship game.
I'll be back when the game starts.