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By Marcela Rojas
Photo credit/Ricky Flores – The Journal News
OSSINING— The energizing rat-tat-tat of drums echoed through the halls of Ossining High School Monday afternoon as students trailed the girls’ basketball team into the gymnasium for a rally to celebrate their first state title.
Students and faculty gathered to cheer on the Pride team that clinched the school’s first state basketball championship on Saturday in an 86-69 victory over Section 5’s Gates Chili. The Class AA girls basketball finals were held at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
“It’s a great feeling. I went to school here,” said Ossining head coach Dan Ricci (shown above). “We thank the community for all their support.”
Ricci said this was Ossining High’s first athletic team to win a state championship since the cross country team in 1967.
The crowd applauded the 16-member team as each of the basketball players was called out onto the gymnasium floor.
During Saturday’s victory, Saniya Chong scored 34 points and had six assists and four steals. The senior is headed to the University of Connecticut.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’m just overwhelmed with happiness,” said Chong. “It’s a great way to end it.”
The Pride heads to the Federation Tournament final on Saturday at Albany’s Times Union Center to face the winner of the game between PSAL champion Murry Bergtraum and CHSAA champion Bishop Ford.
“I’m very proud of the job Coach Ricci and all the girls did,” said Ossining High School Principal Joshua Mandel. “I’m so happy not only for the high school but for the entire Ossining community.”