What: Federation Tournament of Basketball Champions
When: Noon Sunday at University at Albany.
NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Williamsville South No. 1, Nazareth unranked.
How they got here: Williamsville South won its first New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship by beating Section III champion Jamesville-DeWitt, 48-39, behind 22 points from Brianna Neeley. Nazareth advanced by beating Kellenberg Memorial for the state Catholic High School Athletic Association championship, 68-59. Nazareth then beat New York City PSAL champion McKee Staten Island Tech, 73-61, Friday night in the Federation semifinals.
Wmsv. South’s starters/key players: Senior Emily Smith, senior Grace Licata, senior Erin Egan, junior Brianna Neeley, sophomore Zaria McCullough, junior Nina Ragland, freshman Lauren Lassiter, junior Kelsey Stasiak, junior Cydney Adams.
Nazareth key players: Junior Niya Johnson (22.1 ppg.), junior Shalix Hines, senior Brittney Jackson, junior Erkyah Russell, junior Jasmine Murray, sophomore Natalia Bonhomme, sophomore Alexis Sykes, sophomore Shania Springer.
Skinny on Nazareth: Private, Catholic school located in Brooklyn.
Scouting report: Nazareth’s rebuilding year has the potential to end with another unexpected championship as it stunned Kellenberg to win the Catholic Athletic Association crown. Not bad for team that graduated five starters who are playing Division I basketball. Stopping combo of Johnson and Hines, who combined to average nearly 40 ppg., is vital for South. If Nazareth can’t figure out South’s trapping defense, Cinderella’s ride will come to an end.
-- Miguel Rodriguez