From County Center, the rematch of last year’s Class A championship game is just underway.
Amazingly, this Saturday morning semifinal is the first girls game of Championship Week because of all the bad weather.
Update 10:17 a.m.: End of first quarter, Lakeland leads 10-7. Jarosz has missed a bunch layups, and has five points.
Update, 10:30 p.m.: Josh here. Kassi Kayser just hit a 3 to cut Lakeland’s lead to 23-19. Jarosz has gotten over a slow start and has begun to dominate, but Mangus has done a solid job of pressuring the ball to keep it close. Kristin Pappalardo has also caused problems driving to the basket.
Update, 10:33 a.m.: HALFTIME — Lakeland holds a 28-19 lead at halftime. Emily Alicea just scored before the half. Katelyn Spicer just missed a 3 pointer before the buzzer. Jarosz leads Lakeland with 17 points, 12 of them in the second quarter.
Update, 10:56 a.m.: Lakeland has opened up a 39-26 lead with 2:29 to play in the third quarter and has a chance to extend it. Jarosz is at the line to shoot two.
Update, 11:03 a.m.: At the end of the third quarter, Lakeland leads 45-31. The Hornets are ahead comfortably. Jarosz is too much. She already has 28 points. Pappalardo has seven points. Kerry Higgins and Maeve Parahus each have eight points to lead Albertus Magnus.
Update, 11:10 a.m.: Felicia DaCruz just hit a 3 to cut Lakeland’s lead to 45-36, but Pappalardo just answered with a short jumper to push it back to 11 with 5 minutes to play.
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Lakeland leads 52-40 with 2:41 to play. Jarosz has 33 points. She has now scored 93 points in three games at the County Center in the last two years. She took on three defenders a minute ago and scored an and-1 on a spin/drop step into the paint. Not bad.
Update, 11:25 a.m.: Well, it seemed like it was over, but Albertus Magnus just cut its deficit to six and called timeout. It’s 54-48 with 54.7 left in the game.
Update, 11:30 a.m.: Lakeland wins 57-48. Jarosz scored 34 points. The Hornets advance to face the winner of Pearl River and Peekskill on Wednesday at 4 for the championship. It is Lakeland’s third championship game appearance in four years, with its last win coming during the state championship year of 2007.