WEST POINT — Two games, two wildly different outcomes for a pair of Section 9 basketball teams in the state quarterfinal playoffs on Sunday.
One was a nailbiter and the outcome of the other was decided fairly early, but both Section 9 teams fought to the bitter end.
In a boys’ game between Kingston and New Rochelle, Kingston rallied from a halftime deficit to take a late lead. New Rochelle’s Joe Clarke made a 3-point play, Kingston dribbled the ball out of bounds and New Rochelle hung on for a thrilling 63-60 victory in front of an announced crowd of 2,278 at Christl Arena.
For more on the game, check out Justin Rodriguez’s story by following this link.
Our Kevin Gleason was also there. You may find his column on the Kingston game in Monday’s Times Herald-Record.
In the second game of the day, the Monroe-Woodbury girls – playing in the state tournament for the first time since 1989 – faced Ossining, the highest-scoring team in the nation.
Ossining’s UConn-bound senior Saniya Chong did what she usually does, scoring 41 points, in a 79-50 victory over the Crusaders.
Kristen Walsh ended her high school career with a bang, scoring 17 points and adding seven rebounds for the Crusaders, who went 5-1 this year against Section 1 opponents.
Monroe-Woodbury finished the season 20-2.
For more on the game, you can check out my game story here.
The state semifinals and championship games will be played next weekend in Glens Falls (boys) and Troy (girls). There are three teams from Section 9 left standing.
John S. Burke Catholic (Class A) and Pine Plains (Class C) are still alive on the boys’ side.
The Livingston Manor girls won the Section 9 title and earned a bye to the Class D state semifinals at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.
Check back next week here on the blog, at Varsity845.com and in the Times Herald-Record for more coverage of Section 9 basketball.