Fallsburg girls survive and advance

FALLSBURG — It’s been a long time – 31 years, in fact – since the girls’ basketball team here celebrated a Section 9 playoff win.

So the madness of the Comets’ postgame celebration after Saturday’s 47-45 win over No. 5 Highland in a Section 9 Class B quarterfinal was understandable. It was Fallsburg’s first postseason victory since the 1983-84 season.

Freshman guard Diamond Weeks scored 20 points and junior guard Brooke Sapolsky added 12 points. But that was only part of the story as the Comets knocked off the defending Section 9 Class B champions.

DeeDee Smith had 15 rebounds and Nyasia Harris had 12 rebounds and nine points, many of those on the defensive end, helping Fallsburg to clean up after Highland possessions ended with missed shots. That was a crucial  factor in a game that was decided at the free throw line.

Weeks scored the first four points of the overtime period, but trailing by one point, Highland’s Catherine McCutcheon went to the line to shoot two free throws with 9.3 seconds to play. McCutcheon missed both, Fallsburg grabbed the rebound and hung on for a wild playoff win at home.

Fallsburg advances to take on No. 1 Marlboro in a Section 9 Class B semifinal on Wednesday.

Check out the video above for more on the game and pick up Monday’s Times Herald-Record for a deeper look at this Fallsburg team as part of our girls’ basketball playoff preview section.

I’ll be tweeting scores and updates throughout the tournament in the week ahead. Check out my Twitter page here: @THR_Montgomery.

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