We’re set to start here at Hudson Valley Community College. The winner will play Long Island Lutheran in the Federation tournament Friday at 11:45 a.m. at the Glen Falls Civic Center.
Update, 4:23: Irvington is trailing 11-6 with 2:57 left in the first quarter.
Update, 4:28: The Bulldogs have turned it around and now lead 14-11. They are on an 8-0 run. Lisa Bucci leads them with seven points. There’s 1:33 left in the first quarter.
Update, 4:30: Irvington leads 18-13 after one quarter. Both Bucci and Alexis Martins have seven points. Martins is hurting Oneonta inside. The freshman scored all her points in the final 2:50 of the period.
Update, 4:40: Defense has ruled so far in the second quarter. The teams have combined for four points in the first 3:31 of this period. Irvington leads 21-14. Tara Gabelman just hit a free throw and after a timeout she will get her second attempt. She hit it, 22-14.
Update, 4:49: The Bulldogs are in charge of this game right now, leading 29-14 with 41.2 seconds left until halftime.
Update, 4:55: We’re at the intermission. Irvington looks like the better team, and it’s reflected on the scoreboard at 29-16. Oneonta is having trouble will the Bulldogs down low at both ends. The Section 1 champs had just one field goal in the quarter, but they hit nine from the line. Gabelman went 8 of 8 there. Irvington had an 11-0 run to go up by that 29-14 count, its largest lead.
Update, 5:06: Irvington scored the first five points of the third quarter on a 3 by Kelly O’Donnell and a jumper by Marley Giddins. The Bulldogs lead 36-18 with 5:21 left in the period.
Update, 5:18: Irvington went up by 21 on a three-point play by Giddins and then the Bulldogs looked like they let their foot off the pedal a bit. Still, Oneonta trails 42-27 after three. Among the prime MVP candidates, Martins has 12 points and Gabelman has 10.
Update, 5:26: The Bulldogs back to running away with first prize. They lead 52-27 with 4:52 left. Martins has 15 points and Gabelman also has 15.
Update, 5:38: After 20 years, Irvington is the state champ again. The Bulldogs won easily, 54-33. Gabelman received the MVP award. Both Gabelman and Martins finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Update, 6:54 p.m.: Josh here. That’s a picture of Irvington celebrating, with Lisa Bucci holding the state championship plaque. Thanks to photog Seth Harrison for the photo.