Girls basketball: Woods' free throws lead Shaker past Shen

— "All I was thinking was don't foul her (Cusack) and put her on the line,'' Shaker coach Emily Cashera-Blowers said. "Thank God it didn't drop. It was a dramatic finish.''

The second half was dramatic. The Blue Bison outscored the Plainsmen 17-10 in the third quarter to enter the final period with a 43-37 lead. But just as they had on so many occasions, the well-coached Plainswomen roared back. Shen went on an 18-8 run and led the Blue Bison 55-51 with 1:07 left.

While a towering Shaker front-line accounts for much of the Blue Bison's points, Shen got caught off guard when sophomore Adriene Gambles, a 5-6 guard, swished a jumper from the top of the key with 47 seconds left. A Shenendehowa turnover then set up the game's dramatic finish.

"Certainly I am disappointed we didn't win, but I am not disappointed with our effort," said Strube. "They (Shaker) are a spunky group, as are we. The Capital area will be treated to some great basketball in the Sectionals, that's for sure. Albany is undefeated, and Troy has been playing good. It's (Section II Class AA) gonna be crazy, that's for sure.''

Woods finished with 22 points and was 6-for-8 from the free throw line. MacKenzie Rowland scored 11 points, and younger sister Madison Rowland added 10 points.

Weber led all scorers with 23 points and was 10-for-11 from the foul line. Cusack finished with 14 points, and Alyssia Marsal chipped in with 10 points.

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