For the third time in the last four years, Averill Park is the Section II Class A girls basketball champions.
The Warriors proved to be too tough for Scotia-Glenville, as they pulled out a 41-33 victory in Saturday's Sectional final at Hudson Valley Community College.
Averill Park's defense gave Scotia-Glenville fits all afternoon. The Warriors forced the Lady Tartans into 24 turnovers, which left Scotia-Glenville's offense in disarray.
“It came down to turnovers. We just didn’t take care of the basketball,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Regan Burns. “We looked good at times getting to the basket but we didn’t have enough looks because of turnovers. We had some runs, but they didn’t last long enough."
Brooke O'Shea led Averill Park with 13 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player.
“It feels like I’ve been here forever, and it’s always good," said O’Shea, who has been a part of all three Averill Park Sectional championship teams. “I knew if we were going to win, we’d have to step it up on defense."
Averill Park led 14-10 after the first quarter and extended its advantage to 24-12 at halftime. Scotia-Glenville cut the lead to 37-31 in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as the Warriors would let the Lady Tartans get.
"We got out to an early lead and when they started coming back, we held together and stepped up our intensity,” said O'Shea.
“These kids know what it takes to play here," said Averill Park coach Sean Organ. “They (Scotia) came out shooting the third quarter, but our kids didn’t panic. Our defense got it done. I knew we would be okay as long as we continued to guard, get stops and rebound.”
Cassie Broadhead was the lone Scotia-Glenville player to reach double figures in the scoring column, as she netted 15 points.