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Lutheran girls lose to rival Irvington

Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski gets between Irvington defenders during

Lutheran's Boogie Brozoski gets between Irvington defenders during a 59-58 loss in the Westchester Slam Dunk Tournament in White Plains. (Dec. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Long Island Lutheran girls basketball team had Friday's game against Irvington circled on its calendar since the start of the season.

The teams have met in each of the last three state Federation Class B championship games, with Irvington winning two.

Friday's contest in the 14th Westchester Slam Dunk Tournament had lesser consequences, but with Lutheran's move to Class A and the history between these two teams, it made the Crusaders' 59-58 loss hurt that much more.

Lutheran led 29-11 midway through the second quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored LuHi 48-29 for the rest of the game.

"It's very disappointing. This is a rivalry game," Lutheran guard Boogie Brozoski said. "We didn't think we'd come out on the short end of the stick . . . but I just felt that they outplayed us."

Brozoski, who had 16 points and nine steals, was injured early in the fourth quarter when she dived for a loose ball and took an inadvertent elbow to the head and a knee to the stomach. Brozoski said she "passed out" for a couple of minutes, but coach Rich Slater said she did not have a concussion. She returned for the final five minutes of the game after being examined in the locker room.

"She's tough," Slater said. "Two possessions later, she went out and took a charge."

The loss puts Lutheran in the tournament's consolation game at 11 a.m. Sunday against St. Anthony's, which lost to Ossining.

Friday's game was decided in the final seconds. The Crusaders had a chance to take the lead, inbounding the ball from in front of their own bench with 4.5 seconds left.

The pass went to Sade Gibbons in the post on a broken play, but her turnaround jumper missed and went out of bounds with six-tenths of a second left. The LuHi bench thought Gibbons was fouled, but no call was made.

"[Irvington's Brittni Lai and Alexis Martins] went to the free-throw line [32] times, just those two, and as a team we went [14]," Slater said. "I thought a couple of ours could have went either way and I thought [Gibbons] got fouled at the end going to the basket, but it shouldn't have come down to that."

Irvington went 23-for-32 from the free-throw line; LuHi shot 9-for-14. Martins had 22 points and 17 rebounds and Lai added 21 points.

Brozoski put LuHi ahead 58-57 with less than a minute to play when she drove inside for her 16th point of the game, but Lai hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds left to give Irvington the lead.

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