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SIRIANNI'S EFFORT CAN'T RESCUE SHARKS

A dominating performance by Marisa Sirianni wasn't enough to prolong the season for Sacred Heart on Saturday.

The 6-foot-2 junior center scored 24 points, making 11 of 16 shots, and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 52-42 loss to Sacred Heart of Yonkers in the Catholic Class C state semifinal at Binghamton High School.

"She's our go-to girl, she did a great job in there," said Sacred Heart coach Mary Achramovitch. "She's one of those people that when she gets the ball in there, you know she's going to the basket."

It was the second year in a row that the Sharks reached the state semifinal round and lost. Sacred Heart (17-9) was the Msgr. Martin Association runner-up.

Sacred Heart of Yonkers (21-6), the representative from the Archdiocese of New York City, advanced to today's title game.

Twenty-three turnovers and a foul trouble plagued the Sharks throughout. Most of the turnovers were forced by twin sisters Nancy and Susan Osika. The two guards also combined for 16 points.

"Wherever the ball was, they were there," said Achramovitch. "We didn't play against a lot of guards in our league where they were right up in your face all the time. They definitely pressured our guards into hurrying things up, picking up their dribble, little things like that."

Senior forward Lauren Koppmann fouled out with 43 seconds left, but not before getting 10 rebounds and scoring eight points. Senior guard Rachel Endres handed out five assists.

The first half was close throughout with no team leading by more than five points. The Irish put together a 10-0 run in the third quarter which helped break open what had been a one-point game at halftime. Sirianni scored all eight of her team's points in the third quarter.

University of Richmond coach John Beilein watched his daughter, Seana, play for the Sharks. She had two points.

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