Well, they didn’t make it to 100 points for the fourth straight game. But one little point can’t change this fact: the Hudson Valley girls just completed one of the most impressive tournaments in Empire State Games history.
The scholastic women’s team won 99-53 today over Central to win the second straight gold medal for Hudson Valley and the third at the last five Games. How good were they? Dan Ricci pulled a Chuck Daly from the 1992 Dream Team, not calling a timeout all tournament.
He didn’t have to. Hudson Valley led today 58-29 at halftime, breaking the 50-point mark for the fourth straight game. Seven girls finished in double figures: Lillian McCabe, Rye (18), Felicia DaCruz, Albertus Magnus (14); Teneka Whittaker, Lourdes (13); Brittani Lai, Edgemont (13); Saniya Chong, Ossining (12); Alexis Martins, Irvington (12); Hayley Kanner, Scarsdale (11). The two others who played were Liz Milner of Haldane (6) and Katelyn Spicer of Albertus Magnus (0). Raegan Knox of John Jay sat out because of yesterday’s injury.
The team could be just as strong next year when Lai, Chong, Martins and Knox will all be eligible to return.