The Long Island Class AA and A girls basketball championships will be decided Friday night at Farmingdale State. The winners advance to the state semifinals at Hudson Valley CC in Troy next weekend.
Class AA: Sachem East (19-3) vs. Baldwin (16-4), 7:30 p.m.
Sachem East has won 15 consecutive games. The last loss for the Flaming Arrows came in late December against undefeated Bergtraum. The Flaming Arrows defeated North Babylon, 72-69, in the Suffolk final. Boston College-bound Kristen Doherty had 24 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, Caitlin Hopkins had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Kelsey Ferguson had 11 points and five steals. Sophomore Meagan Doherty scored a career-high 23 points in the Suffolk overall championship. Sachem East has a lot of weapons and its defense usually turns turnovers into transition points. Baldwin won the Nassau championship by defeating Uniondale in double overtime, 46-39. Baldwin lost twice to Uniondale in the regular season. Shayna Gatling, Alex Hampton and Courtney Jackson lead the way for the Bruins, who haven't played since Feb. 27. Baldwin won its first county title since 1999 and is looking for its first Long Island crown.
Class A: Harborfields (17-5) vs. Division (19-1), 5 p.m.
Harborfields has won three county championships in four seasons and aims to get back to the state semifinals for the first time since a 2007 trip. Harborfields defeated top-seeded Kings Park, 45-36, in the Suffolk final. Bridgit Ryan, Kasey Stolba, Lynn Zhong and Jana Amchin are all capable of scoring in double digits, but the Tornadoes are known for their defense and fundamental play. Division has won 10 consecutive games and last played on Feb. 27 when it defeated Lynbrook, 41-31, for the Nassau championship. Division is strong in the post with 5-10 Nicolette Parmese, who is an excellent rebounder, and 6-footers Kristen Stuart and Kristen Costello. Taylor Mailings scored 12 points in the county final, and Parmese had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Division hasn't allowed any team to score 50 points this season.