A big first half and some clutch shots in the fourth quarter helped Corcoran beat one of the state's premier class AA girls basketball teams.
The Cougars took a 29-18 halftime lead and held on for a 48-42 victory over Shenendehowa in Saturday's regional final at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
This is a team that's (won games) from both directions, said Corcoran coach Jim Marsh. "We've won games where we've been down big in the first half and had to come back. This time, we had a great first half. Everything went our way."
"We battled back, and then we just didn't seem to get the breaks at the right time," said Shen coach Ken Strube.
Corcoran came out firing from behind the three-point arc. Brittini Ray made her first two three-pointers, and Quarin Bey added another to give the Cougars an 11-5 lead.
Shen's shooters were not nearly as hot as Corcoran's shooters in the first quarter. The Plainsmen managed just one field goal as they fell behind 13-6. Even leading scorer Barb Shea had trouble making shots, missing a breakaway layup after forcing a steal late in the first quarter.
Things went from bad to worse for Shen early in the second quarter when Shea injured her left ankle while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds. Shea went to the bench for less than two minutes, but Corcoran took advantage of Shea's absence to build a 23-10 lead. Carey Turner briefly got the Plainsmen back in the game with a three-pointer and a long jump shot before Bey stopped Shen's run with a long three of her own. Corcoran's lead never dipped below double digits again before halftime.
The Cougars finished the first half with a .500 shooting percentage, while the Plainsmen made only 25 percent of its field goals.