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Tara DeAngelo's three sparks Garden City over Sewanhaka

Garden City's Samantha Auricchio draws a foul during

Garden City's Samantha Auricchio draws a foul during the second quarter. (Feb. 26, 2013) Credit: James Escher

The first time you heard Tara DeAngelo's name in Garden City's Nassau Class A semifinal against Sewanhaka Tuesday night was when the starting lineups were announced.

The next time you heard her name was at the most pivotal moment in the game.

DeAngelo hadn't scored through the first 30 minutes, but with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, she gave Garden City its first lead on a three-pointer from the far corner to help propel the Trojans to a 46-41 victory, at Freeport.

No. 6 Garden City (15-4) will play No. 4 Floral Park in the Nassau Class A final, Saturday at LIU Post. No. 7 Sewanhaka finished 14-6.

"The energy of the game was so intense and we all worked so hard and I feel like that shot put us over the edge," DeAngelo said. "I was frustrated all game not scoring, but I tried to make up for it on defense . . . And it pushed me to want that shot even more."

Added Garden City coach Anthony Sparacia: "Tara's three was obviously huge. She's the heart and soul of the team and for her to knock down that shot was tremendous."

Garden City trailed by as many as 12 in the second quarter and was down 25-15 at the half, but Taylor Carpentier (eight points) set the tone in the third quarter for the Trojans with four key free throws to help bring them within seven heading into the fourth.

"Going into halftime, we were down but we didn't want this to be our last game of the season so we came out and got it done," Sam Auricchio said.

In the fourth, Auricchio carried Garden City, hitting all eight of her free throws, including two with 17 seconds left to give the Trojans the 46-41 lead.

Auricchio led all scorers with 12 points, going 12-for-13 from the foul line. "I just try to block everything out. We needed those to win," Auricchio said. "I knew they were coming out and face guard me, but we all played together and I let everyone else do it but I had to make those free throws at the end of the game."

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