Colonie, Shaker meet for berth in AA finals

Erica Houle led three Shaker players in double figures with 18 points, six of which came in overtime. Mackenzie Rowland " returning from a bout with mononucleosis " and Lauren Woods each contributed 15 points.

"That helped us a ton [having Rowland back]," said Caschera.

Colonie had its own problems with an aggressive Saratoga squad. The Lady Raiders built a 25-14 halftime lead, only to see that advantage shrink as the Blue Streaks (10-10) went on a 10-3 run to open the third quarter.

Colonie's offense received a spark at the end of the third quarter when Kelly Dillon hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to put the Lady Raiders ahead 35-27. Tehresa Coles fanned that spark into a fire by scoring nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as Colonie pulled away for good.

Ashley Loggins used a strong performance from the free throw line to lead the Lady Raiders offense. The sophomore guard made 14 of her 16 foul shots on her way to an 18-point afternoon.

"Ashley stepped up and scored, and Tehresa did everything else for us," said Fiore. "Tehresa had 20 rebounds and was terrific at the defensive end. That's her game " she's everywhere."

Rachel Eddy netted 12 points for Saratoga.

Fiore said she's looking forward to Wednesday's rematch with Shaker " a team Colonie defeated 64-41 during the regular season.

"I expect it to be a totally different game," said Fiore. "They've improved since we last played [Jan. 8].""

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