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Williamsville North's perfect season ends in semifinal loss

TROY – The run is over.

Williamsville North’s perfect season ended in the state semifinals Friday night, a 68-25 loss to Shenendehowa in the Class AA bracket.

The Spartans end the season at 24-1 and made their first appearance in the state’s final four.

They scored the game’s first points – a bucket in the low post from senior Ally Delano – but missed their next nine shots with two missed free throws, three turnovers and a blocked shot for good measure.

It took the Plainsmen a while to get their offensive groove, but once they settled into the game they were running with every opportunity. They hit 48 percent of their shots in the opening half and took advantage of 11 Williamsville North turnovers along with eight steals to grow a 30-13 halftime lead.

Shenendehowa started the third quarter on an 8-0 to secure its lead. Williamsville North never threatened the rest of the game.

Shenendehowa, from Section II, advanced to the championship game, scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Saturday. The Plainsmen will meet the winner of the late semifinal between Commack and Ossing. Ossing is the three-time defending state champ.

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