They met twice during the regular season. Both games were won by Mount Vernon.
Here are the starters…
#11 Sade King, G
#4 Taylor Palmer, G
#12 Carece Moore, G/F
#21 Shanyce Stewart, F
#35 Lubirdia Gordon, C
#12 Danielle Feigin, G
#22 Allison Gage, G
#23 Chelsea LoBue, F
#15 Kerry Ryan, F
#24 Hayley Kanner, C
End of the 1st quarter: Mount Vernon 16, Scarsdale 4 — Great quarter for the Knights. They have had balanced scoring. In fact, the only starter without a hoop is leading scorer Taylor Palmer, who has attempted just one shot. Scarsdale will need more out of Chelsea LoBue, who is 1 for 6. Lubirdia Gordon got off to a good start but she’s on the bench with two fouls.
HALFTIME: Mount Vernon 21, Scarsdale 13 — The Knights led 20-4 midway through the second quarter but Scarsdale outscored them 9-1 to end the half. Chelsea LoBue hit back to back baskets during the stretch and has six points to lead the Raiders. Danielle Feigin also hit a nice driving layup with 27 seconds left in the half to cut it to single digits.
Mount Vernon has a little bit of foul trouble. Both its starting forwards, Shanyce Stewart and Lubirdia Gordon, have two fouls. Taylor Palmer, MV’s leading scorer, has gone without a point in the first half and hasn’t been involved much in the action. She’ll have to get going in the second half. Stewart has seven rebounds for the Knights, who were led by seven points from Carece Moore.
End of the 3rd quarter: Mount Vernon 30, Scarsdale 23 — Shanyce Stewart had five points in the quarter, including two baskets that gave MV a little more cushion after Scarsdale cut the lead to five points. Scarsdale seems content to let everyone else beat them but Taylor Palmer, who finally scored her first basket in the third. Allison Gage has done an excellent job defending her. The defense just collapses in the paint anytime Palmer drives.
FINAL: Mount Vernon 45, Scarsdale 33 — Mount Vernon will meet No. 4 Ossining on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the gold ball. It is a rematch of the 2004 final, which was won by Ossining after Mount Vernon built a 16-point halftime lead. That history alone will make the game worth watching. It’s also impossible to call. The Knights are young and talented, but how will they withstand Ossining’s pressure?
As for this game, Mount Vernon was led by Shanyce Stewart, who had 19 points and 14 rebounds. She scored eight points in a row in the fourth quarter after Scarsdale took its first and only lead on a 15-foot pullup by Danielle Feigin, who finished with eight points and three assists. After Feigin put Scarsdale ahead 31-30 with 4:37 to go, Mount Vernon finished on a 15-2 run. Stewart had those eight straight points and MV shot great at the line in the fourth quarter. The Knights were 9 of 12 in the fourth alone.