Averill Park gave its loyal followers plenty to cheer about at the start of the final period. Michela Ottati nailed a trey and Molly Streb got loose on the baseline for a layup that built a 38-32 lead, largest of the game to that point. With 7:24 left, St. Anthony's coach Ken Parham called a timeout.
It didn't change the Friars' fortunes immediately, however. Katie Duma made a steal and wsa fouled on a breakaway. She sank both free throws. After another turnover, Duma swished a trey. The 10-0 run produced a 43-32 advantage and prompted another timeout from Parham with 5:56 left.
A third straight steal led to one free throw and a 44-32 advatage. Averill Park's trap has taken its toll. The drought finally ended for St. Anthony's when Maggie Bill made a steal and converted into a three-point play to make it 44-35. Carolyn Lizza's driving layup cut it to 7 at 44-37.
Lizza made two free throws to bring St. Anthony's to within 47-41 with 3:40 remaining. The Friars aren't going away.
Duma scored her 18th and 19th points from the foul line to make it 49-41. Symone Kelly answered with a baby hook. But at 51-43, the Friars committed a couple of turnovers, missed a couple of free throws and and couldn't overcome the deficit.
Averill Park sank its free throws down the stretch, eight straight at one point, and held pulled away for a60-48 victory. Duma led the Warriors, 25-1, with 22 points. St. Anthony's was 24-7 in coach Ken Parham's first season. Lizza led the Friars with 10 points.
Averill Park built its lead to 28-23 on a nice scoop by Michela Ottati. Then St. Anthony's went on a 6-0 run to take a 29-28 lead with 3:31 left.
Symone Kelly drove across the lane for a one-hander. Micki Impellizeri sank two free throws and Rebecca Musgrove finished the break with a layup after Kelly's strong rebound and outlet pass.
The Warriors got the lead back on a conventional three-point play by Katie Duma. Jennifer Sixsmith re-tied it with a bank shot on a nice feed from Impellizeri.
Duma's two free throws put the Warriors back on top 33-31 and Carolyn Lizza cut the deficit to a single point with one of two free throws.
The fourth quarter promises some thrills.
Symone Kelly has eight rebounds and Shannon White has five points for St. Anthony's Lauren Nunziato leads Averill Park with seven points. Michela Ottati has six rebounds.
St. Anthony's made 6 of 10 field goals but committed 15 turnovers.
Jennifer Sixsmith came off the bench for the Friars and nailed her first shot, a three-pointer that cut the deficit to 15-14. Another St. Anthony's trey, this one by Rebecca Musgrove, produced a 19-17 lead.
Averill Park tied it on two free throws by Katie Duma and took the lead, 22-19, on a deep corner three by Michela Ottati.
The Warriors, backed by a spirited cheering section of several hundred fans who journeyed from nearby Rennslaer County, expanded their lead to 24-21 on a nice jumper off a pump fake by Lauren Nunziato. They also turned up the defensive pressure with a halfcourt trap to forced several turnovers.
Nunziato made a steal at midcourt and raced all the way for a layup that made it 26-21, the largest lead of the game.
However, St. Anthony's Carolyn Lizza hit a jumper in the lane at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 26-23 at halftime.
Good afternoon from sunny Glens Falls.
Here are the starting lineups for Saturday's state Class A Federation championship game between St. Anthony's and Averill Park:
St. Anthony's: Carolyn Lizza; Rebecca Musgrove; Maggie Bill; Micki Impellizeri; Symone Kellyu.
Averill Park: Michela Ottati; Brittany O'Shea; Katie Duma; Katie Hawes; Brooke O'Shea.
Interesting contrast. St. Anthony's has the height but Averill Park has the quickness. Symone Kelly, who is 6-1, dominated on the boards and scored one basket and two free throws.
Micki Impellizeri sank a three to give the Friars a 7-4 lead. They led for most of the quarter, but Lauren Nunziato came off the bench to nail a long trey at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 13-11 lead.
Five of Averill Park's baskets came on driving layups as their offensive scheme keeps the middle open and counts on the team's quickness to penetrate.