WHITE PLAINS — Geographically, they are just 1.6 miles apart. Tuesday, the distance appeared to be a lot shorter.
No. 4 Dobbs Ferry came from way behind in the Class B girls basketball semifinals at the County Center, upending No. 1-seeded Irvington 55-52 in overtime.
Dobbs Ferry will play No. 7 Woodlands Saturday at noon, again at the County Center, in the finals.
Irvington entered the game at 17-2. Dobbs Ferry at 10-10.
The Bulldogs led 32-23 at the half.
But then Dobbs Ferry, which had upset Irvington earlier this month, 69-62, went on a tear.
Alyssa Chipelo, who finished with 21 points, scored 14 of them in the second half of the game.
Molly Althoz was also huge.
She scored five of her 16 points in the OT. Laurilyn Gelardi was almost a one-girl show in the OT for Irvington.
Gelardi scored eight of her 19 points in OT.
“We went cold,” Irvington coach Gina Maher said (pictured below). “We didn’t adjust to their zone. In the second half, I think they played with a lot more confidence than we did. … Offensively, they executed very well.
Chipelo hit a jumper with 1:01 left in regulation, then followed with a running hook to tie things at 44.
The Eagles pulled ahead 49-44 in OT when Althoz hit from inside.
But Gelardi buried a 3-pointer before driving inside for two and getting fouled. Her free-throw with 1:13 left in OT gave Irvington a 50-49 lead.
But Irvington’s offensive woes came back to haunt it as Chipelo went end-to-end to put the Eagles back on top after a Dobbs Ferry steal.
Gelardi countered with a baseline 2-pointer but Chipelo then made the assist of the game, finding Bridget Sheridan underneath. Sheridan (11 points) scored with 16 seonds left.
The Eagles put the game away with two Althoz free throws.
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