Sachem East (22-3) wins the state Class AA championship with a 50-44 victory over Shenendehowa. Kristen Doherty finished with 22 points and Meagan Doherty had 18. It's the first state championship for Sachem East since the split.
FINAL SCORE: SACHEM EAST 50, SHEN 42
END OF FOURTH QUARTER:
UPDATE: 0:10: Marissa Ray makes a jumper. Sachem East 50, Shen 42.
UPDATE : 0:18: Kristen Doherty makes 1-of-2. Sachem East 50, Shen 42.
UPDATE 0:23.1: Kristen Doherty makes 1-of-2 from the line and grabs the rebound off her miss. The Sachem players on the court are smiling. The girls on the bench are going nuts. this one's close to over. Sachem East 49, Shen 42
UPDATE 0:37.7: Kristen Doherty makes 1-of-2 from the line. Sachem East 48, Shen 42.
UPDATE 0:47.8: Kelsey Ferguson makes 1-of-2 from the line. Sachem East 47, Shen 42.
UPDATE 1:21: Kristen Doherty gives SE some breathing room with a layup. Ferguson makes a steal at the other end. Sachem East 46, Shen 42.
UPDATE 2:00: Allie Setter just fouled out for Shen. She has 12 points. Sachem East has shot 3-for-9 from the line in this half. 4-for-16 for the game.
UPDATE 3:31: Hopkins extends the lead with a free throw. Sachem East 44, Shen 42.
UPDATE 3:36: It's Emily Weber for three again. Sachem East 43, Shen 42.
UPDATE 4:06: Kristen Doherty just hit two free throws. Sachem East 43, Shen 39.
UPDATE 4:26: Emily Weber just buried a three. Sachem East 41, Shen 39.
UPDATE 5:27: Meagan Doherty hits a wide open three. Not the person you want to leave open on the perimeter. Sachem East 41, Shen 36.
UPDATE 6:06: Kristen Doherty hits a three. Sachem East 38, Shen 36.
UPDATE 6:46: Marissa Ray puts Shen back on top. Shen 36, Sachem East 35.
UPDATE 7:15: Marissa Ray hits a long two. Sachem East 35, Shen 34.
UPDATE 7:32: Stephanie Burrow scores on a layup from an assist from Kristen Doherty. Shen is doubling Doherty. Burrow was wide open. Sachem East 35, Shen 32
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Sachem East 33, Shen 32.
UPDATE: 0:02: Kristen Doherty just hit an amazing runner as the shot clock experied. Sachem East 33, Shen 32.
Scoreboard malfunction currently reads Shen 32, Sachem East 3. That is not the real score.
UPDATE : 0:40: Hopkins just commited her third foul.
UPDATE 1:12: Kristen Doherty just picked up her third personal foul. Shen misses both free throws. Both teams really struggling with free throws.
UPDATE 2:51: Allie Setter puts Shen back up with a layup + 1 misses the FT. Shen 32, Sachem East 31.
UPDATE 3:22: Kristen Doherty puts Sachem East back on top with a jumper. Sachem East 31, Shen 30.
UPDATE 3:52: Now everyone's getting involved. Stephanie Burrow makes a layup. Shen calls a timeout. It's an 11-2 run for SE to start the quarter. Shen 30, Sachem East 29
UPDATE 4:28: Meagan Doherty's big game continues. Another three. Shen 30, Sachem East 27.
UPDATE 4:50: Emily Weber ends the run. Shen 30, Sachem East 24.
UPDATE 4:58: Here they go. Caitln Hopkins makes a layup. It's a 6-0 run for SE. Shen 28, Sachem East 24.
UPDATE 5:37: Kelsey Furguson just went to end-to-end with a beautiful layup. First non-Doherty basket. Shen 28, Sachem East 22.
UPDATE 7:33: Meagan Doherty hits a jumper. She has a game-high 12. That was big to start the half with a score. Shen 28, Sachem East 20.
HALFTIME UPDATE: SHEN 28, SACHEM EAST 18:
A good time to stop, maybe it will cool of Shenendehowa. Sachem East opened up with a 12-3 lead. Since then it's been Shenendehowa 25, Sachem East 6.
At halftime only the Doherty sisters have scored for Sachem. Kristen has eight and Meagan has 10. Sachem East is taking a lot of outside shots. They doing well on the offensive glass, one possesion earlier we counted five offensive rebounds, but they can't seem to finish. They'll need to start attacking the hoop in the second half to win. If they can't do that, they beter hope their shots start to fall. Sachem East was 1-for-7 from the line in the second quarter.
UPDATE: We just got more stats. Sachem East shot 7 for 29 from the floor in that half, while Shen was 12 of 21. There's your difference right there. Shen has turned the ball over more 14 to 10.
Sachem East has 11 offensive rebounds.
END OF SECOND QUARTER: SHEN 28, SACHEM EAST 18
UPDATE 0:33: Roz Alexander for three. Shen 28, Sachem East 18.
UPDATE 1:10: Roz Alexander extends Shen's run. Shen is outscoring SE 11-4 this quarter. Shen 25, Sachem East 18.
UPDATE 1:57: Allie Setter extenns the lead with a layup. Shen 23, Sachem East 18.
UPDATE 3:03: Meagan Doherty drains a big three. Shen 21, Sachem East 18.
UPDATE 4:29: Marissa Ray extends the lead with a three. Then Emily Weber made a layup. Shen 21, Sachem East 15.
UPDATE 5:40: Allie Setter gives Shen its first lead of the game. Shen 16, Sachem East 15.
UPDATE 6:09: Kristen Doherty was fouled shooting a three. She made one of three. Sachem East 15, Shen 14.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: SACHEM EAST 14, SHEN 14
UPDATE: 0:20: Emily Weber ties it with a three. Sachem East 14, Shen 14
UPDATE 0:50: Allie Setter just hit a layup. Kristen Doherty has two fouls. Sachem East 14, Shen 11.
UPDATE: 2:04: Meagan Doherty ends a 6-0 shen run with steal followed by a nice layup. Sachem East 14, Shen 9.
UPDATE 2:38: Shen's Meg Rogers makes a layup. Allie Setter hit a layup plus one (foul on Stephanie Burrow). Setter Misses the free throw but Shen recovers and Setter hits a runner. Sachem East 12, Shen 9.
UPDATE: 4:33. It's been a sister act for the Dohertys. Meagan just buried a three. Sachem East 12, Shen 3.
UPDATE: 5:35: Kristen Doherty just hit a runner to make it Sachem East 9, Shen 3.
UPDATE 7:19: Kristen Doherty buries a three. Then makes a steal and hits a layup. Sachem East 5, Shen 0.
Doherty said before the game she put her rough shooting day behind her. Looks like she was right. As coach Matt Brisson said: "It probably bodes well for us. She doesn't have too many cold streaks in her." Meagan Doherty just hit a two. Sachem East 7, Shen 0.
Live from Troy it's Saturday night!!! Sachem East (21-3) and Shenendehowa (22-2) are warming up for the Class AA championship right now. For future reference Shenendehowa will be abbreviated Shen because Shenendehowa is very hard to spell. We're about eight minutes from tip-off. See you then.
One of Shen's two losses was to Averil Park, which just one the A title. Averil Park had some of the loudest fans I've ever heard.