UPDATE: Sachem East advances to the state Class AA championship game with a 57-48 victory over Mount Vernon.
Kristen Doherty led all players with 31 points, eight rebounds and 12 steals. Meagan Doherty and Caitlin Hopins each had 12 points. Stephanie Burrow had 11 rebounds.
Kristen Doherty, Caitlin Hopkins, Stephanie Burrow and Meagan Doherty have three fouls each for Sachem East.
Sachem East 39, Mount Vernon 36: Taylor Palmer nails a long three.
Sachem East 42, Mount Vernon 36: Meagan Doherty answers at the other end.
Sachem East 42, Mount Vernon 38: Shanyce Stewart on a putback.
Sachem East 42, Mount Vernon 40: Monique Hill hits two free throws.
Sachem East 42, Mount Vernon 42: Taylor Palmer ties it up with a put back.
Mount Vernon 44, Sachem East 42: Lubirdia Gordon. gives MV its first lead since the first quarter.
Mount Vernon 44, Sachem East 43: Kristen Doherty makes one of two.
Sachem East 45, Mount Vernon 44: Kristen Doherty makes two free throws. Taylor Palmer of MV has four fouls.
Sachem East 47, Mount Vernon 44: Kristen Doherty makes a layup and one. Misses the free throw.
Sachem East 49, Mount Vernon 44: Caitlin Hopkins scores off a nice feed from Kristen Doherty.
Sachem East 51, Mount Vernon 44: Kristen Doherty takes Palmer off the dribble and hits a layup.
Sachem East 51, Mount Vernon 46: Gordon.
Sachem East 53, Mount Vernon 46: It's Kristen Doherty again with some fancy dribbling.
Sachem East 54, Mount Vernon 46: Kristen Doherty makes 1 of 2.
Sachem East 54, Mount Vernon 48: Palmer hits a jumper.
0:44.5: Sachem East calls a full timeout up 54-48.
Sachem East 57, Mount Vernon 48: Kristen Doherty steal, end-to-end, layup and draws the foul. Hits the free throw. She has four steals in the final 3:30.
Third quarter: UPDATE: After three quarters, Sachem East leads 39-33
Sachem East 27, Mount Vernon 23: Kristen Doherty.
Sachem East 29, Mount Vernon 23: Meagan Doherty scores.
Caitlin Hopkins has started the half on the bench.
Sachem East 29, Mount Vernon 26: Taylor Palmer drained a three.
Sachem East 29, Mount Vernon 28: Taylor Palmer hits two free throws.
Sachem East 31, Mount Vernon 28: Kristen Doherty scores on a nice leaner.
Sachem East 32, Mount Vernon 28: Kristen Doherty makes one of two from the line.
Sachem East 33, Mount Vernon 28: Kristen Doherty makes one of two.
--3:00 remains-- Kristen Doherty just picked up her third foul. Stephanie Burrow picked up her third a few minutes ago.
Sachem East 33, Mount Vernon 30: Lubirdia Gordon.
Sachem East 35, Mount Vernon 30: Hopkins scores off an assists from Kelsey Ferguson.
Sachem East 37, Mount Vernon 30: Kristen Doherty steal, scores on a fast break.
Sachem East 39, Mount Vernon 30: Kristen Doherty scores on a fast break. Her 10th point of the quarter.
Sachem East 39, Mount Vernon 33: Monique Hill hits a three-pointer.
--End of quarter--
--Halftime update: Sachem East 25, Mount Vernon 23
Kristen Doherty and Caitlin Hopkins lead Sachem East with eight points each. Stephanie Burrow has eight rebounds for Sachem East. Taylor Palmer of Mount Vernon leads all players with 10 points. Lubirdia Gordon has 10 rebounds for Mount Vernon.
Sachem East shot 43 percent in that half. Mount Vernon 35 percent.
Sachem East 19, Mount Vernon 15: Kristen Doherty for two.
Sachem East 21, Mount Vernon 15: Caitlin Hopkins for two.
Sachem East 21, Mount Vernon 17: Lubirdia Gordon for two.
Sachem East 21, Mount Vernon 18: Tatiana Lewin makes one of two free throws.
Sachem East 21, Mount Vernon 20: Taylor Palmer hits a leaner.
Sachem East 23, Mount Vernon 20: Kristen Doherty hits a nice jumper. She needed that. She looked like she was getting frustrated with her shot.
Sachem East 25, Mount Vernon 20: Meagan Doherty just made a steal and went end-to-end for the layup.
Sachem East 25, Mount Vernon 22: Sanyce Stewart hits two free throws. Of bigger concern for Sachem East: Caitlin Hopkins just picked up her third foul.
Sachem East 25, Mount Vernon 23: Palmer makes one of two. Mount Vernon grabs the rebound twice but cannot score again.
--End of Quarter--
First quarter: UPDATE After one quarter Sachem East leads 17-15
Mount Vernon 2, Sachem East 0: Lubridia Gordon, 6-4 center from Mount Vernon, makes a put-back.
Mount Vernon 4, Sachem East 0: Taylor Moore makes a putback.
Mount Vernont 6, Sachem East 0: Gordon scores off an assists from Sade King.
Mount Vernon 6, Sachem East 2: Caitlin Hopkins, two free throws.
Mount Vernon 6, Sachem East 4: Meagan Doherty for two.
Mount Vernon 8, Sachem East 4: King for two.
Mount Vernon 8, Sachem East 6: Hopkins off rebound.
Mount Vernon 8, Eachem East: 8: Kristen Doherty drives and scores.
Sachem East 10, Mount Vernon 8: Stephanie Burrow from Kristen Doherty.
Mount Vernon 11, Sachem East 10: Taylor Palmer for three.
Mount Vernon 13, Sachem East 10: Palmer for two.
Mount Vernon 15, Sachem East 10: Carece Moore for two.
Mount Vernon 15, Sachem East 12: Hopkins putback and is fouled.
Mount Vernon 15, Sachem East 14: Kristen Doherty for two.
Sachem East 17, Mount Vernont 15: Meagan Doherty nice three.
---END OF QUARTER---
Hello everyone. We’re back from the Capital District with more state girls basketball action. It’s been dark times for the politicians in Albany lately but the sun is shining outside here in Troy.
Inside at Hudson Valley CC Sachem East (20-3) and Mt. Vernon (21-3) are warming up for the Class AA semifinal. Tip-off is set for 6:15. Until then, here’s Adam Ronis’s preview:
Sachem East will try to become the second consecutive Long Island team to win the state Class AA championship after Copiague did it last season. The Flaming Arrows will play Mount Vernon in the state Class AA semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Hudson Valley CC in Troy.
The championship game will be played at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
The teams played during the 2008-09 regular season and Sachem East won, 65-41. Sachem East returns four starters and Mount Vernon brings back its top six players.
Sachem East is led by Boston College-bound Kristen Doherty. The senior guard has 2,195 career points and is 10th all-time on Long Island. Caitlin Hopkins is a threat inside, Meagan Doherty is an excellent three-point shooter and Stephanie Burrow has come on strong the last few weeks after battling an ankle injury. Kelsey Ferguson usually guards the opponent's top threat and makes key plays that don't show up in the boxscore.
Mount Vernon, making its first final four appearance in 29 years, features 5-8 senior guard Taylor Palmer, who will play at West Virginia and is the team's leading scorer at 15.6 points per game. Senior forward Shanyce Stewart, who is 6-1, is the leading rebounder with 13.8 per game and 5-8 senior forward Tatiana Lewin can shoot, rebound and play inside.
Sachem East has won 16 consecutive games by an average of 26.1 points and is 42-4 the past two seasons. Sachem (when it was one school) last won a state championship in 1995 as a Class A school.