Crusaders' season ends in state quarter finals, but optimism strong for girls basketball next season

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  • Photos by William DimmitSavanah Paul drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game.

  • Jamie Waldron battles a Pride player for rebound in the first half.

  • Melissa Alifano goes to the basket past Aubrey Griffin.

  • Taylor Neely led the Crusaders' comeback in the third quarter with two three-point shots.

NEW PALTZ — On Saturday afternoon, March 9, the Monroe-Woodbury Girls Varsity Basketball Team traveled to the campus of SUNY New Paltz to take on the Ossining High School Pride in a state quarter final match up.

The Crusaders entered the game with a 16-5 record on the season, having beaten Warwick in the Section 9 final on the previous Wednesday.

The Pride entered the game with a 19-6 record; they beat Section 4 champions Elmira 98-58 to reach the quarter final.

The Crusaders entered the game as underdogs, having lost to the Pride by 32 points earlier in the season.

The Crusaders got off to a good start and when Jamie Waldron scored late in the first quarter to tie the score at 9-9 and you could feel the team's confidence growing.

But the Pride struck back quickly and took a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Pride took control of the game in the second quarter as Aubrey Griffin scored 14 of her game-high 37 points as the Pride pulled to a 32-14 half time lead. Aubrey will play for the University of Connecticut next season and is considered one of the best high school players in the state this year.

The Crusaders came out of the half and battled their way back into the game. Taylor Neely hit two three-point shots as the Crusaders cut the Prides' lead down to 10 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

But the Pride quickly responded and pulled away again.

In the final period the Pride proved to be too much for the Crusaders to handle as they pulled away to 67-34 victory.

The Crusaders loss brings their record to 16-6 on the season.

The Crusaders look to be a very strong team again next season. They should bring back a very solid core of veterans and they will only loose one senior to graduation.

They look forward to defend their Section 9 Title and hopefully another run into the state playoffs.

- William Dimmit

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