Update, 2:12 p.m.: The game is about to get underway. There are eight seniors in the starting lineups. Some of them are going to be sent home soon.
Update, 2:25 p.m.: Timeout Kennedy. Irvington leads 13-7. Five different players have scored for the Bulldogs. Allison Santini leads Kennedy with five points.
Update, 2:33 p.m.: Irvington leads 15-11 at the end of one. Kennedy just inbounded with 2.2 seconds left and completed a pass to Lauren Tracy at halfcourt. Tracy then threw a long pass to Santini, who caught it and put it in “before the buzzer.”
Update, 2:45 p.m.: Lisa Bucci just scored on a breakaway layup to give Irvington a 30-19 lead with 1:27 to play in the half. Kennedy called a timeout.
Update, 2:51 p.m.: HALFTIME — Irvington leads 33-21 at halftime after a strong second quarter. Tara Gabelman scored eight points in the second quarter and leads the Bulldogs with 10 points and eight rebounds. Marley Giddens also has 10 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
Kennedy struggled in the second quarter with turnovers and now has 10 for the game. Somewhat surprisingly, the Gaels have also been outrebounded 20-11. That will change if they hope to come back.
Santini has played well. She scored all seven of her points in the first quarter and also has three rebounds. Lauren Tracy and Alexa Mancuso have four points apiece.
Update, 3:05 p.m.: For those who asked, the crowd is excellent, and it is not people who arrived early for the Poughkeepsie-North Rockland game. There are a lot of people here wearing green.
Update, 3:13 p.m.: Irvington leads 35-25 with 3:09 left in the third quarter. Gabelman went to the bench after picking up her second and third fouls.
Update, 3:20 p.m.: Not a great quarter for Irivngton, yet the Bulldogs lead 41-29 after a couple late baskets from Kelly O’Donnell. There are a bunch of reasons why Irvington is better this season, but O’Donnell is among them. She’s showing today that she’s an improved player. She also has five rebounds and three assists.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: After a nice feed from Gabelman to Giddens for a basket, Irvington pulls ahead 50-33 late in the fourth. Alexis Martins just added a bucket on her third try and added the ensuing FT, so it’s 53-33.
Update, 3:36 p.m.: Tracy just scored for Kennedy but Irvington leads 55-38 with 2:02 to play.
Update, 3:40 p.m.: Irvington wins 57-42. It will play Nanuet on Tuesday at 8 for the gold ball… again, and as expected.