Categories: High School Sports
Meg Olsen scored seven points and had five rebounds as Bethlehem won its first Section II championship since 2003 with a 46-42 victory over Shenendehowa tonight at Hudson Valley Community College.
Olsen, named tournament MVP for the Class AA champs, sank one of two free throws with 11.3 seconds remaining to seal the win. The Lady Eagles (18-6), seeded No. 2 among Suburban Council teams, avenged its title game defeat to Shen a year ago, when the Lady Plainsmen won their ninth crown in 21 years, 36-29.
Bethlehem led by as many as 12 points midway through the third quarter and held a 40-33 advantage on Rosie McKee’s spin move in the low left post 25 seconds into the final quarter.
Still, the Lady Plainsmen (18-5), the Suburban’s top-seeded team, were not out of it.
Shen twice drew to within two points in the final 4:24 of the game. The Lady Plainsmen came within 44-42 with 2:51 to go on a pair of free throws by Emily Weber. But they couldn’t get any closer.
Alex McCullough scored 14 points, Jaci Oskam scored 12 points with five rebounds and Caitlin Dole grabbed six rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
Weber led Shenendehowa with 13 points, and teammate Allie Setter had six rebounds.
Bethlehem, which also won the state regional title in 2003, advances to the state regional championship to face Section III champion Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday in Liverpool. The Northstars (20-2) beat Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III title game, 44-30, earlier Saturday in Utica. It was Cicero-North Syracuse’s first championship in 24 years.