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Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski has a better ending this time around

Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski stops and shoots

Long Island Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski stops and shoots during their game against Nazareth in the state Federation Class A girls basketball semifinal in Albany. LuHi won, 44-36. (March 22, 2013) Credit: Pat Orr

ALBANY -- For Boogie Brozoski, the ride up the thruway to the state capital has been more like a boulevard of broken dreams.

Broken hip suffered in the fourth quarter when she was an eighth-grader; she was in the hospital when Long Island Lutheran rallied to win the state Federation Class B crown.

Broken heart suffered as a freshman last year, when Irvington dethroned the Lady Crusaders with a rally of their own.

"Broken nose this year," she said with a laugh. "But that was in practice!"

Actually, Brozoski was just fine this time around. The sophomore point guard scored 14 points and spearheaded a stifling defense with five steals as the Lady Crusaders crushed Troy, 62-45, Saturday to win the Federation Class A championship.

"I really wanted to win. I wanted to enjoy the bus ride home," Brozoski said. "Last year the boys were celebrating and we were crying."

Brozoski gave her teammates and coach Rich Slater plenty to be happy about all weekend. In earning tournament MVP honors, she scored 33 points in the two games, with 10 steals and six assists.

"She's a special, special kid," Slater said. "Her job is to make other players better, and she does that. She's always banged up, but she's definitely fearless."

Playing with a clear glass facemask to protect her broken nose, suffered five weeks ago in a collision with a teammate during practice, Brozoski flew all over the court, applying defensive pressure with her quick hands, cutting off dribbling lanes with her quick feet, slicing through traffic for hard-nosed drives and even grabbing 12 rebounds in the two games.

"It's great to be here, to be on the court at the end of the game and hear the crowd cheer," Brozoski said. "I missed everything two years ago."

Slater recalled, "We had to visit her in the hospital before the bus ride home."

Now Boogie is riding high.

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