"Playing in the Suburban Council and having all underclassmen on the roster, nobody gave us much credit," Averill Park coach Sean Organ said. "We learned a lot and we learned fast. Now just to have a chance to defend our title is a great achievement."
Alison Nunziato and Julia Mai combined for 23 points for the Warriors. Scotia was led by Cassie Broadhead with 18 points including 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Averill Park, the No. 4 seed, raced out to a 16-4 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back. The closest the Tartans could get within the lead was nine.
"When we got out to a 12-point lead that was great for our confidence," Carney said. "We knew rebounding was crucial and once we began winning the rebounding battle, we got in a rhythm and our offense kicked in."
Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville had little trouble advancing to the semifinals. Mohonasen downed Queensbury 53-29 in one quarterfinal game last Saturday, while Scotia-Glenville disposed of Hudson Falls 52-37.
Queensbury stayed within striking distance until the third quarter when Mohonasen went on a 10-2 run to build a 32-20 lead. McClain and Sara McGrath then opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back three-pointers, and the Mighty Warriors never looked back.
McClain scored 16 points, while Hall contributed 15 for Mohonasen.
Scotia-Glenville put together several spurts to build a 36-23 lead after three quarters on its way to its third victory over Hudson Falls this season. The Lady Tartans defeated the Tigers twice during the Foothills Council season.
Broadhead led a balanced Scotia-Glenville attack with 15 points. Danielle Conley contributed 14, and Sarah Janson added 10.""