BINGHAMTON – Wallkill’s girls basketball team did what it has done all postseason, getting off to a fast start against Section 4 champion Maine-Endwell in a Class A state quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Binghamton High School.
What was different this time around was that Wallkill let the lead slip away and spent most of the game trying to rally from behind.
After jumping out to a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter, Wallkill found itself trailing by nine with under 2:00 to play in the second quarter. Maine-Endwell made a 25-10 run in the final 12 minutes of the first half.
Wallkill (20-2) tied the game at 43-43 when Lisa Bouffard was fouled as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter. She made one of her two attempts to make it all square.
The Panthers rallied to tie the game twice more in the fourth quarter, but Maine-Endwell’s Martine Bosch hit a jumper with just over 30 seconds left to put the Spartans ahead for good.
Bouffard caught a cross-court pass from Chelsea Murphy and connected on a long 3-point shot with under five seconds to go, making it a 3-point game, but Daniella Dean closed it out with one of her six fourth quarter free throws to make it a 62-58 final for Maine-Endwell.
Maine-Endwell advances to the state semifinals against Harborfields (20-1, Section 11) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
For highlights from the game as well as interviews with Bouffard and Heather Kiczek, check out the video above.
After the game, Wallkill head coach B.J. Masopust made a point of mentioning that this team advanced deeper in the postseason than any Wallkill team of the past – boys’ or girls’. It’s a bit early to start thinking about the 2013-14 season, but Wallkill will return four starters in Rachel Simon, Chelsea Murphy, Kelly Markisello and Heather Kiczek. They’ll certainly miss Lisa Bouffard, but they’ll have a very talented group returning next season.
In the boys’ game, John S. Burke Catholic defeated Maine-Endwell, 78-68. It’s the fourth straight trip to Glens Falls for the Eagles, who had done so at the Class B level each of the past three seasons. This is their first trip to the final four. For the full scoop, check out Justin Rodriguez’s story in tomorrow’s Times Herald-Record.
Also, check out the video below.
I’ll be bringing you updates from tomorrow’s Monroe-Woodbury/Ossining game at West Point, so stay tuned for that. Game time is 2:45 p.m. – don’t forget daylight savings time tonight. I’ll be posting scores on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.
Justin Rodriguez will have you covered for the Kingston/New Rochelle game at 1 p.m.: @Justinrod845.