Saturday, March 6, 2010

Averill Park tops Holy Names in Class A final

Here are some video clips from today's Section II Class A championship game featuring Averill Park and Holy Names:

Averill Park senior Katie Duma, Section II Class A Tournament MVP, picks up her dribble and prepares to shoot over Holy Names' Jackie Murphy during the 2009-10 Section II Class A title game at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Couch - The Record).

Holy Names may have entered Saturday's Section II Class A championship game with an undefeated record, but they had not played a team matching Averill Park's caliber so far.

Averill Park jumped out to an early lead and Katie Duma took care of business from the foul line in the fourth quarter, making 16 of 21 free throw attempts for the Lady Warriors in the 55-36 victory.

It was Averill Park's third Section II Class A title in five years.

"It's been a long road and it's great to see all that hard work pay off," Duma said. "Our team has been together since third grade. It's what we've all been working for as long as we've been playing and this is so special to us."

2009-10 Section II Class A girls basketball All-Tournament team:
Maria Allocco, Jr., Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
Rebecca Smith, Sr., Ichabod Crane
Jackie Murphy, Sr., Holy Names
Sarah Agan, Jr., Holy Names
Brittany O'Shea, Sr., Averill Park
MVP - Katie Duma, Sr., Averill Park

Molly Streb (33) sets a pick on Holy Names' Lee Arduini (50), making way for Averill Park's Katie Duma during Saturday's Section II Class A title game at Hudson Valley Community College.

Brooke O'Shea had a great first half for Averill Park, scoring eight points by halftime. She ran into foul trouble in the third quarter, however, and was relegated to the bench.

Michaela Ottati added a trio of treys and Lauren Nunziato also pitched in with a pair of long-range jumpers.

Still, it was Duma's day, as the senior leader took a beating in the fourth quarter and carried her team to the victory. She has plenty of fans in the stands, perhaps none bigger than former Cohoes and Mechanicville head coach Joe Loudis. He coached Katie's father, Steve Duma, at Cohoes in the early 1970s. Both of them have rooted for the Warriors through all of their successes the last few seasons.

"My dad has really been my...I can't really talk," an emotional Duma said. "He's really been my
biggest inspiration and I couldn't have done anything without him. He gives the greatest support I could have."


For New York State girls basketball regional round and Final Four brackets, click here.

In the Class D title game, Argyle topped Whitehall, 51-42. Freshman Jacquelyn Miller scored 18 points for the Scots, earning MVP honors.

Heatly's Stasha Cuzdey was also honored as an All-Tournament selection.

2009-10 Section II Class D girls basketball All-Tournament team:
Taylor Race, Sr., Germantown
Stasha Cuzdey, Jr., Heatly
Brittany St. Clair, Sr., Whitehall
Katie Paddock, Jr., Whitehall
Sarah Bonhote, Sr., Arglye
MVP - Jacquelyn Miller, Frosh., Argyle

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