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State Final Four!!

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 by Karin Leary
State Final Four
A breakdown of the Long Island teams vying for a state title this weekend at Hudson Valley CC in Troy

BY ERIK BOLAND
STAFF WRITER

March 10, 2005


Vote: Who will win a state title this weekend

CLASS C
East Rockaway vs. Seton Catholic
Saturday, 2:15 p.m.


Junior Meredith Levison (17.2 ppg) is on a roll. She scored 28 points in against Haldane, and dropped 23 two games prior in the Nassau Small Schools final against Malverne. Junior Brittany Fuller led the Rocks (21-2) in scoring, averaging 18 ppg, but East Rockaway is more than just this duo. Keep an eye on guards Sarah Gallagher, Sarah D'Archangelis and Kelli Hughes.
Seton Catholic (14-7, Section IV) is led by 5-4 guard Deirdre Torto (13.4 ppg), and 5-9 senior forward Suzy Precopio (9.6). Elizabeth Fox, a 5-10 senior, doesn't score much, but gives SC one more big body down low. SC beat Watertown IHC, 31-27, to get here, plays with primarily a seven-man rotation.

Outlook

One gets the sense ER eclipsed its biggest obstacle by beating Section I's Haldane, which knocked out the Rocks last season. Seton Catholic likes to play a lot of zone; perhaps not the best idea against ER's bevy of outside shooters. The winner plays Brushton-Moira (17-2, Section X) or Lyons (20-3, Section V) at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.


CLASS AA
Massapequa vs. Nottingham
Friday, 6:15 p.m.

Chiefs (19-4) are on fire, having won 14 straight games, including wins over Elmont and Northport where Massapequa hit every big shot. Brittney Messina hit five threes in the Northport victory and had plenty of help from Gina Giambanco, Ashley Caiafa and Susan Dittrich. Freshman Janine Aldridge keeps improving and there was no better point guard the second half of the season than sophomore Suzanne Fregosi.
Nottingham (19-3, Section III) features three Division I players; Sophronia Sallard (Kansas), Cintia Johnson (Syracuse) and Tamaya Daniels (Howard). Sallard led Nottingham in scoring this season, averaging 14.6 ppg. The 6-foot Sallard scored 25 points in Nottingham's 59-40 regional final victory over Colonie.

Outlook

Based on its bevy of D-I talent, Nottingham is the slight favorite, which is just fine with Massapequa. Why? Few thought the Chiefs would even get this far. Perhaps they have another surprise or two in them. The winner plays either White Plains (23-3, Section I) vs. Rush-Henrietta (18-4, Section V) Saturday at 8:45 p.m. in the final.


CLASS A
Westhampton vs. Burnt Hills
Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Westhampton (17-6), ranked fifth in Suffolk in scoring (55.8 ppg), found itself in a defensive struggle against Wantagh in the LI Championship, yet still prevailed, 47-38. The 6-1 freshman Kelly Cavallo (17.8 ppg) led the Hurricanes in scoring but in the LIC, it was 6-foot senior Christina LaVigna with 19 points. Cavallo added 12 points, 5 blocks and 4 steals. Sophomore guard Jennifer Polan keeps getting better.
Burnt Hills (20-5, Section II) features a pair of 6-footers in Rachel Ormsby (13.4 ppg) and Sarah Morton (11.4). Ormsby had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Hills' 48-34 regional final. Located in nearby Albany, Hills will be playing what amounts to a home game. It played at Hudson Valley CC two weeks ago

Outlook

As has been the case all season, it comes down to how the opposition matches up with Westhampton's Cavallo and LaVigna. Burnt Hills is big but Westhampton won't be intimidated. The winner plays either defending state champ Our Lady of Lourdes (22-1, Section I) or Honeoye Falls-Lima (22-2, Section V) at 7 p.m. Saturday.


CLASS B
Glenn vs. South Jefferson
Friday, 10 a.m.

Not much to add regarding a team that has won 25 in a row. Six Knights - Kate Gosman, Maria Feehan, Emily Feldman, Vicki Cangero, Caila Desroches and Harmonie Calinda - also won a state title this year in volleybal. These are players who not only expect to beat the opposition, but also to dominate it. That's pretty much been the case all season. An undefeated season looms.
South Jefferson (26-0, Section III) returned just one starter, senior guard Lauren Roach from last year's state champ. Mindy Roach, a 6-3 senior forward, led Jefferson in scoring this season at 11.6 ppg. Jefferson mostly wins with man-to-man defense and averaged just 42 ppg on offense.

Outlook

South Jefferson is 75-3 over the past three seasons but likely hasn't run into a team like Glenn, which has been focused on reaching this point since practice began in November. No reason to think Glenn's journey doesn't end with the program's first state championship. The winner plays Burke Catholic (21-2, Section IX) or Waterloo (21-3, Section V) at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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