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Live from Glens Falls: Sachem East falls to Christ the King in AA title game

FOURTH QUARTER

Both teams had trouble scoring to start the final period. Ariel Edwards tied it at 42 with a bank shot two minutes in the quarter.

Edwards got good inside position again for a layup that gave CK a 44-42 lead. Bria Smith followed with a drive and a six-point lead.

Halfway through the quarter and Sachem East hasn't scored. The Arrows are fortunate only to be trailing by four.

Kristin Doherty spun inside for a slick layup that cut it to 46-44, but Edwards again answered inside.

Edwards has been tremendous inside force. She converted a conventional three-point play to make it 51-44 with 2:20 left. Doherty just missed a three-pointer and with little offensive support, doesn't look like she can do it herself.

Smith's two free throws have oepned it up to a nine-point bulge with two minutes left. At 1:54, Doherty nails a three to give the Arrows some hope at 53-47. Will someone else step up?

Doesn't look like it. That 13-2 run to start the fourth quarter by Christ the King looks huge right now, as Sachem East calls a timeout with 1:23 left, trailing by eight.

The Royals are doing a masterful job of killing the clock in the final minute. Sachem East finally has the ball back, but at 56-47 with 23.1 seconds left, there is nothing coach Matt Brisson can do during this timeout to overcome the deficit.

A great season is coming to an end for Sachem East.

Christ the King wins it, 56-47 and finishes 25-5 with a state Class AA Federation title for their trophy case. Sachem East, after winning the school's first Long Island championship, finishes at 22-4.

 

THIRD QUARTER

Ariel Edwards scored on a putback and Bria Smith made a layup for a 31-27 leadfor the Royals.

But Kristen Doherty nailed a driving layup, drew Edwards' third foul and made the three-point play. After Stephanie Burrow's floater put the Arrows on top 32-31, Doherty took a beautiful backdoor feed from Caitlin Hopkins for a layup with 5:45 left that gave East a 34-31 lead and prompted a timeout by Christ the King.

Smith hit two free throws with 4:34 left to put the Royals ahead, 35-34.

Doherty smartly switched to her right hand for a layup that gave the Arrows the lead. Doherty was forced to foul Smith inside on the next sequence. Smith made one of two to tie it at 36 with 3:44 left. This is a good one!!

Off a turnover, Doherty made a layup for a 38-36 led. The Royals responded with some tight defense. Baskets by Nia Oden and Rayne Connel produced a 40-38 lead.

Caitlin Hopkins scored inside to tie it at 40.

Stephanie Burrow got hammered inside with 2.2 seconds and sank both free throws to give the Flaming Arrows a 42-40 lead entering the final period.

 

 

 

SECOND QUARTER

A nice inside move by Ariel Edwards put Christ the King ahead 14-13 early in the second quarter. But Kristen Doherty answered with one of her patented lefthanded drives to put the Arrows back on top 15-14. Doherty has 7 points at the moment.

Edwards, a 6-2 junior from Elmont with nice post moves, again spun inside to give the Royals a 16-15 lead. Stephanie Burrow put the Arrows back on top with two free throws and, as the pace picked up, Bria Smith made a three-point play beginning with a tough layup in traffic. Smith is from Massapequa.

Doherty tied it at 19 with 4:48 left on a baseline jumper.

Edwards drew a foul inside and made both free throws then scored on a fastbreak layup to put the Royals ahead 23-19 at the four-minute mark. Doherty had another three-point attempt go in and out, but was still running the East offense skillfully.

Edwards made a gorgeous hesitation move for a lefty layup that proudced a 25-19 lead, the Royals' largest, with 1:57 left. Burrow's layup cut it the 25-21.

Finally, with 49 seconds left in the half, Doherty sank a three-pointer from the wing that brought the Arrows to within 25-24. It was her 12th point of the game and moved her into sole possession of seventh place on the all-timne Long Island girls scoring list with 2,260 points.

Edwards put the Royals back on top with two free throws, giving her 10 points in the quarter. Then, Doherty, feeling it, made another trey with seven seconds left to send the teams into halftime tied at 27.

 

 

 

 

Corey McLaughlin and I are trying to end our oh-for-Glens Falls streak today. Long Island teams have not won a game at the Civic Center in the past two weekends. Can Sachem East end our "jinx?"

FIRST QUARTER

Christ the King's defense pressure create some havoc for Sachem East early, and the Royals also showed superior quickness to the basket in moving out to a 10-5 lead.

Bria Smith scored two baskets for CK, including a layup after a steal. Kristen Doherty, needing 11 points to become the seventh leading scorer in Long Island history, missed her first three shots, but drew a foul on the third miss. She converted one of two free throws and added a driving layup. Her sister, Meaghan, scored on a strong move to the basket to make it 10-7 with about  three minutes left.

Kristen was just off on her three-point shot, and some frustration showed on her face after one of those misses. Caitlin Hopkins converted one of Kristen's missed layups into a putback and then Kristen made a great no-look pass on the break to Hopkins for an easy bank that gave the Flaming Arrows an 11-10 with 1:10 remaining.

Kristen Doherty's spinning drive  put the Arrows back on top 13-11 and Doherty had a wing jump rim out at the buzzer. Again, she clapped her hands in frustration, but Sachem East had a 13-11 lead.

 

 

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