continued "Defense is what wins championships,'' said Compton. "We started with a strong defense, and our offense fed off of that. (Holy Names) had a height advantage, so we needed to take away their inside game.We just played tremendous defense.''
Fourth-seeded Mohonasen (9-11) gave Averill Park all it could handle in the other semifinal game. Averill Park (15-5) -- which had defeated Mohonasen by 25 and 14 points in their two Suburban Council meetings this year -- led by one point after the first quarter and by six points at halftime. Mohonasen continued to hang around until Averill Park hit four consecutive foul shots in the final 22 seconds to preserve the victory.
"Mohonasen can't get enough credit for its great defense tonight," said Averill Park coach Sean Organ. "I am proud of my kids for gutting it out. We had some key buckets and some key rebounds when we needed them."
Brooke O'Shea led Averill Park with 18 points, and she also forced a pair of Mohonasen turnovers in the final minute that led to Warrior baskets.
"When it got close, I knew I had to step up and give a little bit of extra effort,'' said O'Shea, who will be making her third trip to the championship game. "It feels good to get back to Hudson Valley. Another championship would be nice. It's my last chance and I will give it everything I have.''
Mohonasen coach Paul Brosious was proud of his team's efforts against the defending Sectional champions.
"We totally surpassed all that was expected of us at the beginning of the season," said Brosious. "We were looked at as a team that would win a game or two. I am so proud of them for the way that they battled tonight."