When: 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community CC.
New York State Sportswriters ranking: Chautauqua Lake No. 1, Cooperstown No. 2
How they got here: Defending state champion Chautauqua Lake advanced to its second final four by beating Section V champion Mynderse, 56-44. Cooperstown advanced by beating Section IV champion Watkins Glen, 46-34.
CL starters/key reserves: 5-4 senior Katie Doyle, 5-7 sophomore Taylor Phelps, 5-6 senior Courtney Hewes, 5-10 senior Jenna Einink, 5-10 senior Ashton Albanesius, 6-0 freshman Jesse Zenns, 5-5 senior Melanie McCutcheon, 5-7 senior Ryleigh Hawkins.
Cooperstown key players: 5-6 junior Liz Millea, 5-5 senior Christina Noto, 5-2 junior Jen Flynn, 5-7 junior Ciarra McGoldrick, 5-4 junior Mallory Arthurs, 6-1 freshman Julie Ford.
Skinny on Cooperstown: The high school is located in the town famous for being home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Scouting report: The Hawkeyes of Cooperstown are fast and athletic but do not have much height. Millea averages 21.4 points per game but does so much more than just score for Cooperstown. She also is a good defender and will likely be matched up against either Einink or Albanesius. Look for Chautauqua Lake to attack her on offense and hope to get her into foul trouble. While Einink and Albanesius are the experienced big girls on the Thunderbirds, freshman Zenns has performed big during the postseason and came off the bench to grab 12 rebounds in the Far West Regional.
What’s next: The winner advances to Sunday’s 11:45 a.m. championship game against either VII-Northern Adirondack or IX-Pine Plains.
– Miguel Rodriguez