Six teams were crowned New York State Federation Champions last weekend in Glens Falls, and four were from the Big Apple. Here is a rundown of how all of the New York City teams fared in the New York State high school equivalent of the Big Dance, starting with the games played on Friday, March 24th.
Westhill 72 Dwight 58
In a game of drastic momentum swings, Dwight trailed 14-9 in the first frame, but stormed back to take a 32-22 lead after opening the second on a 13-0 run. A 3-point play by Barry Evans would give Dwight 47-37 lead with 3:50 left in the 3rd, but Westhill closed the quarter on a 12-0 run of its own, taking a 49-47 lead heading into the fourth. It was all Westhill in the final 8:00, as the Warriors put up 23 points in the final quarter, holding Dwight to just 12. Braeden Elmer led Westhill with 17 points, while Charles Brown had 14 for Dwight.
LaSalle 61 Fannie Lou Hamer 47
The Cardinals were razor sharp on offense, especially in transition, which is saying a lot considering that Fannie Lou is one of the best defensive teams in the City. LaSalle got big games from Isaiah Allen-Smith (18 points) and James Bouknight (12 points).
The Perimeter shooting of Tyree Morris (game-high 23 points) kept Fannie Lou in it most of the way, but LaSalle was never really in trouble in this game, advancing to the Class B Final with a 61-47 win.
TMLA 59 Baldwin 49
After trailing Baldwin 17-12 at the end of the opening quarter, TMLA's offense came alive in the second, as the Hilltoppers outscored the Bruins 17-5 to take a 29-22 lead at the break. Led by Co-Miss New York Basketball and McDonald's All-American Danielle Patterson, TMLA fired on all cylinders the rest of the way, with Patterson scoring 18, Kania Pollock 16, Vanerlie Valcourt 12 and Jordan Nixon 11.
South Shore 58 LuHi 53
South Shore executed down the stretch and came away with an impressive 58-53 win over Long Island Lutheran, which was the top-ranked girls team in New York State for the entire season. Earlette Scott scored 28 points for the Lady Vikings, draining 16 of 18 free throws.
Seton Catholic 84 Rucker 38
Seton Catholic's run and gun offense was trouble for Rucker from the opening tip, as the Saints put up 47 first half points en route to an 84-38 win, advancing to the Class B Final.
Seton Catholic connected on 10 of 22 3-pointers in the game, five made by Ava McCann. Fatomata Trawalleh had 11 points for Rucker.
Lincoln 56 Cardinal Hayes 47
Lincoln's defense held Cardinal Hayes to just 3 points in the second quarter, as the Railsplitters took a commanding 26-19 halftime lead. Hayes rallied and had a chance to pull within two down the stretch, but a basket by Terry Dawkins was waived off when he was whistled for his fifth personal on a charging foul.
Lincoln got it done on defense and on the backboards in this game, holding Hayes to just 35% shooting and out-rebounding the Cardinals 45-29. Michael Reid had 17 points and Donald Cannon Flores finished with 15 for Lincoln.