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Corcoran girls to meet CBA in AA semis

Amid the Corcoran girls basketball team's quest to claim its first Section III title since 1999, it helped head coach Jim Marsh reach a personal landmark.

Marsh earned his 400th coaching victory Tuesday night, when the no. 3 seed Cougars rallied to beat no. 6 seed West Genesee 41-35 in the Class AA quarterfinal round.

With that victory, Corcoran (16-5) advanced to face no. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy (19-2) in this weekend's AA semifinal. The winner plays Oswego or Cicero-North Syracuse for the championship on March 1.

Corcoran hired Marsh in 1984. In the 24 years he's been coaching, Corcoran has claimed two state championships, earned in 1993 and 1998, plus seven sectional titles.

Many of his players have gone on to star in the college ranks, too -- and several Corcoran alumni were in attendance on Tuesday to watch a tense contest.

From an early 10-6 advantage, Corcoran went into a prolonged slump over the game's middle stages. Still, the Cougars' defense made sure West Genesee did not get away, as it trailed by just two points, 28-26, going to the fourth quarter.

Still down with less than four minutes left, Corcoran's Brittini Ray took over. On consecutive possessions, Ray, who had not converted a field goal all night, hit huge 3-pointers, the latter of them coming with 2:10 to play to tie the game 35-35.

As the defense continued to make big stops, the Cougars' Nadia Jackson hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with under two minutes left, and three more points sealed the victory.

Up until the end, Irene Hudson had accounted for most of Corcoran's offense, as she ended up with 14 points. No Wildcat player reached double figures, as Amanda Cizenski led with just eight points and leading scorer Alyssa Sutherland was held to six points.

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