Ossining defeated Irvington 90-84 in the Slam Dunk final today thanks to another big day from Saniya Chong (pictured above) who broke the tournament record for points finishing with 51. She also had seven assists and six rebounds. The previous record of 46 was set by Chong in 2010 and tied by her on Friday in Ossining’s win over St. Anthony’s.
Shadeen Samuels had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 11 points and four rebounds.
Chong is now, unofficially, 290 points away from Section 1’s career-points mark held by Karen O’Connor of FDR.
“We’re still working out some things about our role players scoring more,” said Ossining coach Dan Ricci. “We’re still relying on Saniya a little too much. But when she’s that good you can get away with it.”
Irvington held a 25-19 advantage after the first quarter as they had no problem breaking the Pride’s press, leading to unattested layups down the court.
Ossining opened the second quarter with a 16-2 run, as the Pride started to hit their stride shooting the ball. The Bulldogs still managed to trail only by four heading into the half.
Martins proved to be a handful down low as Jalay Knowles picked up her fourth foul early in the the third. Ricci looked to sophomore Madison Strippoli who played well off the bench against the Lehigh-bound senior.
Knowles had an up and down game, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds, the majority of which came in the first half.
“Jalay has her moments when she’s awesome and she has moments when she is invisible,” Ricci said. “Today was a little bit of both.”
Ossining continued to shoot the ball well as they took a 73-56 lead into the fourth. Despite pushing that lead to as high as 20 with under six minutes remaining, Irvington managed to cut into the lead, outscoring the Pride 28-17 in the final quarter.
“To me it’s the two best teams in Westchester county going at it in front of a big crowd,” Ricci said. “Nothings better than this.”
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