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Sacred Heart advances to state girls basketball final

Three teams from Western New York headed to the New York City this weekend to take part in the Catholic High Schools’ Athletic Association’s state championships. One of them will get to play for a title.

Sacred Heart came away with a 60-51 win over Monsignor McClancy in a game played in Hicksville.

Meanwhile, Cardinal O’Hara dropped an 80-70 decision to The Mary Louis Academy in the AA semifinals. In the B semifinal, Nardin lost to St. Joseph, 41-30.

The Sharks, who were playing in the Class A semifinals, were led by Micaela Ryan. She finished with 25 points. Teammate Jen Grimm scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter and also had 16 rebounds.

“It was a real tough game physically,” Sacred Heart coach Jack Coppola said. “We were down five at the end of the third quarter, and we went on a 10-point run. We were up by six until the last two minutes, and we wound up winning by nine.”

Sacred Heart will play the winner of the other semifinal between St. Joseph by the Sea and Kellenberg at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s tough to play a team you haven’t seen before,” the coach said. “You have to adjust as the game goes on.”

Cardinal O’Hara couldn’t quite stay with Mary Louis Academy, one of the top ranked teams in the state. Anndea Zeigler did her best for the Hawks. She had 23 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Shilah Parker added 14 points. Danielle Patterson, who earlier was named a McDonald’s All-American, led the Hilltoppers with 28 points.

“Our kids showed a lot of heart,” Cardinal O’Hara coach Nick O’Neil said. “They are way bigger than we are, but we played relentlessly. We had some opportunities to come back in the game. “I’m not really upset. The kids played a terrific game against a terrific team.”

Finally in Yonkers, the Gators hung around for a while, trailing by a score of 13-8 after one period and by 24-15 at the half. Nardin couldn’t make a comeback in the second half.

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