Categories: High School Sports
Nicole Adach had 17 points and 11 rebounds as top-seeded Mohonasen won its first Section II title since 2002 with a 44-39 victory over rival Averill Park in the Class A title game today at Hudson Valley Community College.
It was the third nail-biting game between the two teams this season, and ironically, it had the widest margin of victory — Mohonasen (21-2) beat its Suburban Council South Division rival twice earlier this year, both times by one point.
It also gave the Mighty Warriors a measure of revenge — the Lady Warriors beat Mohonasen in last year’s sectional title game, 55-26.
Adach, the tournament MVP, scored two consecutive field goals to start the fourth quarter, the second one coming after she grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up. That gave the Mighty Warriors a 36-29 lead with 6:57 remaining in the game.
Undaunted, No. 2 Averill Park (15-8) stormed back, getting to within one point, 40-39, when Lauren Nunziato turned a steal into a fast-break layup with 1:40 to go. But the Lady Warriors would not score again, as Mohonasen sophomore point guard Lea McLain made four free throws across the final 42 seconds.
Dayna Lashin scored seven points for Mohonasen, which won the Section II Class B title seven years ago. McLain scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Molly Streb led Averill Park with 12 points, and Katie Duma scored 11 points with seven rebounds.
The Mighty Warriors came back from a 27-20 deficit midway through the third quarter, going on a 10-0 run, with Brittany Baker swishing a three-pointer from the left wing to give Mohonasen the lead for good, 28-27, with 1:50 to go in the third quarter. Adach scored five points during that run.
The win comes in coach Paul Brosious’ first season at Mohonasen. Brosious won the Class C crown in 2006 with Schenectady Christian and then lost in the title game in each of the past two seasons.
Mohonasen will return to HVCC next Saturday in advancing to the state regional championship game. The Mighty Warriors will face the winner of the first-round state tournament game pitting Section X champion Massena against the winner of tonight’s Section III championship game in Utica between Whitesboro vs. Mexico.
Michelle Aviza joined her teammate, Adach, on the All-Tournament team, along with Averill Park’s Duma and Streb, Georgina Farrow from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Kierra Moore from the Academy of the Holy Names.