Update, 12:07 p.m.: We’re underway and Nanuet leads 7-2 midway through the first quarter.
Update, 12:18 p.m.: Freshman Brianna Celaj scored on a putback at the buzzer to cut Nanuet’s lead to 13-8.
Update, 12:26 p.m.: Nanuet leads 16-13 with 5:41 to play in the half. Brianna Reid hit 3 of 3 from the line early in the quarter. Both teams are already in the bonus.
Update, 12:35 p.m.: Nanuet leads 20-17 after a FT by Katie Weiner but Nanuet will face some adversity here. K.C. Jentzen just went to the bench after picking up her third foul.
Update, 12:40 p.m.: Nanuet just called a timeout up 20-17 still. Amy Delva just hurt her hand and is on the bench. We’ll see if she returns or not. She appeared to be in pain but is smiling now.
Update, 12:44 p.m.: It is just a one-point lead, but Laura Krey’s basket at the buzzer was a symbolic one for Briarcliff. The Bears outplayed Nanuet the entire second quarter and now they enter the half with a 21-20 lead to show for it. Not surprisingly, Nanuet went scoreless with Jentzen on the bench. She will need to return strong for the Golden Knights to win.
Update, 1:41 p.m.: 38.7 seconds left, Nanuet up 46-44, Briarcliff has the ball.
Update, 1:44 p.m.: Amy Delva dived on a loose ball and got a jump-ball call, possession arrow to Nanuet. Golden Knights have the ball, a 46-44 lead with 23.7 left.
Update, 1:45 p.m. Briarcliff steal and a foul. Lane violation on the first free throw. 46-45 Nanuet. Lauren Kahn on the free-throw line, makes one, 47-45, 15.4 left.
Update, 1:46 p.m.: Briarcliff ball with 2.7 seconds left, inbounds under offensive basket, Nanuet up by two.
Update, 1:47 p.m: Last-effort shot falls short. Nanuet wins 47-45.
Update, 1:51 p.m.: The big play in the game was a lane violation with Kasey Heyda at the line with 15.4 left. Apparently, Laura Krey of Briarcliff, who was on Heyda’s left between two Nanuet players, was called for the violation because her toes were over the line. Heyda made the FT, but didn’t have the second, which could’ve tied the game.
Obviously, Briarcliff was very disappointed. I’ll try to get you some reaction from the Briarcliff side.
Also, Jentzen was called for her fourth foul with 1:14 to ply in the third quarter but Nanuet kept the game close enough until she returned.
Update, 2:55 p.m.: Sorry, I just want to correct something. It was actually freshman Brianna Celaj who was at the line late in the game, not Heyda. Krey told my colleague Brian Heyman that she was trying to offer Celaj encouragement before the FT and stepped over the line, causing the violation.
Update, 3:08 p.m.: Here’s Krey on the lane violation: “I was just trying to help her and calm her down and tell her that we’re there for her if she was going to miss the shot, and they called it on us.”