The game will start in about 30-35 minutes. This will be the third time they’ve met this season. Irvington won both meetings and has won four of five the last two seasons.
So who does everyone think will win?
Here are the starters:
#13 Riley Harrington, G
#10 Lisa Bucci, G
#4 Marley Giddens, F
#14 Tara Gabelman, F
#20 Gillian Morley, C
#21 Lauren Kahn, G
#15 Christine Brezovsky, G
#24 Nikki Saponaro, G/F
#25 K.C. Jentzen, F
#34 Amy Delva, C
5:14 first quarter: Irvington 4-2 — Nanuet just called a 30-second TO. Hang tight. We’re working on the Mogulus connection.
End of the first: Nanuet 19, Irvington 12 — Lauren Kahn has six points and two assists. Tara Gabelman has six points and two rebounds.
4:21 left in the second quarter: Nanuet 21, Irvington 16 — Irvington just called a timeout. Tara Gabelman just scored a couple baskets and now has 10 points, but Nanuet has shut down all the Bulldogs’ other options. K.C. Jentzen has eight points and five rebounds.
2:32 left in the second quarter: Nanuet 23, Irvington 21 — Timeout Nanuet. Riley Harrington tied it on a 3-pointer but Lauren Kahn just found Amy Delva to put Nanuet back up.
HALFTIME: Nanuet 25, Irvington 22 — Very fast-paced half but a ton of turnovers. It’s seems like every other play is a travel. Still, the teams are very closely matched. Gabelman has 10 points but has been whistled for two fouls. Irvington continues to search for a second option. Marley Giddens is the next leading scorer with five points. For Nanuet, the scoring has been much more balanced. Jentzen has eight points and six boards. Kahn has six points and four assists. Amy Delva has been a nice surprise. She has six points despite playing much of the half with two fouls.
2:21 left in the third quarter: Nanuet 31, Irvington 29 — Tara Gabelman picked up her third and fourth fouls in three seconds two minutes into the third quarter. I thought the Bulldogs, who trailed by four at the time, may be toast. But freshman Marley Giddens has kept them in it. She has four points and has already picked off six steals in the game. Lisa Bucci also answered a long 3 by Christine Brezovsky with one of her own.
End of the third quarter: Nanuet 33, Irvington 29 — It’ll be interesting to see whether Gina Maher goes back with Tara Gabelman with four fouls. She hasn’t done it yet, but it’s getting late.
5:08 left in the fourth quarter: Nanuet 43, Irvington 33 — 10-4 Nanuet here in the fourth. Jentzen had two quick baskets before she left with four fouls. Gabelman is back in but Irvington is still fading.
4:05 left: Nanuet 44, Irvington 36 — Tara Gabelman just fouled out. She was whistled for an over the back call. This game has become littered with whistles. Amy Delva just fouled too. It’s a foulfest.
2:29 left: Nanuet 46, Irvington 37 — It’s getting late to be down nine points. Nanuet has the ball as well.
FINAL: Nanuet 55, Irvington 44 — Nanuet wins its first gold ball since 2006. You really have to give them in inordinate amount of credit. The Golden Knights beat Briarcliff and Irvington, the top two seeds. Also, no more griping in Nanuet about Carlos Fidalgo. Was he ever the right man for the job? Fidalgo beat two teams he went 0-3 against during the regular season.
K.C. Jentzen finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren Kahn scored 10 points, but was a terror on defense. She had 10 points, five assists and four steals.