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Shenendehowa, Bethlehem girls clash in defensive battle for title

Once it had the lead, Shen never let go of it. The Plainsmen opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run and limited Bethlehem to one field goal in the period.

Bethlehem had opportunities to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, especially after Shen's leading scorer, Barb Shea, sat on the bench with her fourth foul early in the period. But the Lady Eagles kept missing their shots, which helped Shen maintain its lead.

Shea led all scorers with 14 points, while Carey Turner contributed 12 points for the Plainsmen. Strube said the two guards led the team "nicely and with composure."

McCullough had 12 points, and Olsen added seven points for Bethlehem.

Shen and Bethlehem took different roads to the Division I final. Shen handled Columbia 50-32 in its semifinal game Thursday, while Bethlehem fended off a late Niskayuna surge for a 48-44 victory.

Shea led a balanced Shen attack with 11 points as the Plainsmen pulled away to the 18-point win. Marissa Ray and Meg Goodwin each added 10 points.

Olsen had a big night for Bethlehem against Niskayuna. The junior guard drained five three-pointers on her way to a 26-point performance.""

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