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LIVE BLOG: LIC Class AA Championship: Sachem East vs. Baldwin

Welcome back to Farmingdale State. We’re about eight minutes away from tipoff between Sachem East and Baldwin. Winner of tonight’s game advances to the state semifinals next weekend in Troy.

FIRST QUARTER: Katie Greene and Kalin Russell each scored to open the game as Baldwin leads 4-0. Upset?

Caitlin Hopkins scores on a putback and Sachem East has taken a 5-4 lead. Kristen Doherty scores on a fastbreak layup and its 7-4. Shayna Gatling makes it 7-6. Doherty goes 1-for-2 from the foul line to make it 8-6. Doherty has five points. Make that seven as she hits a jumper. Sachem East leads 10-6 with 2:45 left.

Kristen Doherty hits a three-pointer and Courtney Jackson scores for Baldwin. Sachem East leads 13-8. Gatling scores and Baldwin cuts it to 13-10. Hopkins answers for a 15-10 lead.

Sachem East leads 15-10 at the end of one.

SECOND QUARTER: Kristen Doherty scores to take a 17-10 lead. She has 12 points. Kathleen Everson scores off a pass from Hopkins and the Flaming Arrows lead 19-10 with four minutes left. It has been a quiet quarter offensively.

Gatling scores with 3:40 left as the Bruins get their first points of the quarter. Doherty scores on a putback to make it 21-12. Doherty has 14 of the 21 points.

Doherty scores again to make it 23-14. She has 16 points. Stephanie Burrow scores to make it 25-16. Burrow scores again to extend the lead to 27-16. Alex Hampton hits a three for Baldwin at the end of the half.

Sachem East leads, 27-17.

THIRD QUARTER: Baldwin is staying in this game. The Bruins trail 29-22. Burrow, who has played very well recently, scores to make it 31-22. Jackson hits her second three of the half to pull Baldwin within 31-25, but Doherty converts a three-point play. SE leads 34-25 with 5:04 left.

Greene hits a jumper and the Bruins trail 34-27. But Doherty hits a three-pointer. She has 22 points. SE leads 37-27.

Gatling scores four consecutive points and Baldwin has sliced it to 39-31 with 1:53 left. Baldwin is doing a great job staying in this game.

Gatling scores and Baldwin is down 41-35, but Doherty scores on a runner with 39 seconds left. Sachem East leads 43-35. Doherty has 24 points.

After three, Sachem East leads 43-35.

FOURTH QUARTER: Gatling scores and the Bruins are down 43-37. Doherty misses two free throws and that's a rarity. Burrow scores off a pass from Doherty. Gatling completes a three-point play and Baldwin trails 45-40. Meagan Doherty hits a three-pointer and it's 48-40. Kristen Doherty scores to make it 50-40.

Baldwin trails 50-44 with 2:35 left.

Meagan Doherty hits a jumper to make it 52-44 2:00 left. Doherty hits another huge shot. She nails a three-pointer. All of her 8 points came in the last 5:30. Sachem East leads 55-44.

Doherty goes 2-for-2 from the foul line with 15.9 seconds left. Sachem East leads 57-44. Doherty has 28 points.

Sachem East wins 57-44. The Flaming Arrows will play the winner of Mount Vernon-Kingston Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Troy.

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