WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. The young and talented Blind Brook girls basketball team proved it has a bright future Saturday, giving a strong effort early in the game before falling to Irvington 68-33 in the Section 1 Class B Championship game at the Westchester County Center.
Im very proud of the way the girls played through the season all the way through to the finals, Blind Brook Coach Manny Martinez said. We played them tough for most of the first half and we have a young group of juniors, sophomores and freshmen that is getting better and better. We hope to be back here next year. Thats our focus.
Leah Saliba scored 10 points and handed out six assists and Ali Silfen added 11 points and had eight rebounds for No. 2 seed Blind Brook.
The top-seeded Bulldogs (20-1), who are also the two-time defending Class B state champions, earned a post in the state regional playoffs where they will meet the Section 9 representative Tuesday at the County Center at 8:15 p.m.
Alexis Martins scored 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and teammate Brittni Lai added 19 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs.
Martins went to work early on the boards, grabbing five rebounds and scoring seven points on the inside to lift the Bulldogs to a 17-8 lead after one quarter. She finished the first half with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Down 17-9 after one quarter, the Trojans rushed back with a 9-2 run and closed the gap to 20-17 early in the second quarter before Irvington responded.
Lai scored six straight points and assisted Martins on a looping pass inside in the last two minutes of the first half to stretch the Bulldogs lead from 22-17 to 30-19 at halftime. Lai scored nine more in the third as the Bulldogs outscored the Trojans 18-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding 48-27 lead.
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