"We had some tape on them, and the word on the street was they shot the ball as poorly as we did," said Strube. "That was definitely not the case."
Shen turned the momentum in its favor to start the third quarter. Another Turner three-pointer and a long jump shot from Serita Holland helped the Plainsmen cut Corcoran's lead to 29-24.
Corcoran answered quickly with help from Nadia Jackson. The sophomore guard converted two midcourt steals into easy layups to spark a 6-0 Cougar spurt that re-established Corcoran's 11-point lead.
Shen wasn't about to let the game get out of hand, though. Kim Woodward nailed a three-pointer and a long jump shot in the final minute of the third quarter to cut Corcoran's lead to 39-33.
The score did not change much in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, as both teams struggled to hit their shots from the field and the free throw line. With less than three minutes left, Corcoran clung to a 41-35 advantage.
Irene Hudson gave the Cougars a little breathing room by driving for a layup to make the score 43-35, but the Plainsmen refused to quit. Shea hit a three-pointer " one of only two shots the senior guard hit all day " and Turner sank two free throws to pull Shen within three points with 1:43 left.
That was as close as Corcoran allowed Shen to get. Zephrah Pam hit a clutch shot from the low post, and Jackson added a three-pointer in the final minute to seal the Cougars' victory.
"They missed a bunch of chippies (in the second half), but they kept penetrating and going to the basket," said Marsh.
Bey finished with 11 points to lead a balanced Corcoran attack. Jackson and Pam each contributed nine points off the bench, and Hudson added eight points.
"That's the way we are. We don't have any star players," said Marsh.
Turner and Woodward each had nine points for Shen, which has won nine Section II titles since 1988.
"They have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of," said Strube.
Corcoran advances to this weekend's state tournament at HVCC. The Cougars meet Long Island champion North Babylon Friday night, with the winner playing either Section V champion Rush-Henrietta or Section IX champion Kingston Saturday.""