Girls basketball: Stewart closes out career with one more title

UConn-bound senior leads C-NS past Bergtraum in Fed final

— Once again, Cicero-North Syracuse girls' basketball sensation Breanna Stewart stood outside her team's locker room surrounded by an entourage of reporters.

And just as she has time and time again, the 6-foot, 4-inch UConn-bound senior opted to talk about her teammates, rather than the accolades she has garnered or the records she has shattered.

More than anything she accomplished on the court herself, nothing meant more than winning.

Sunday at the Times Union Center, Stewart closed out her career on a winning note as C-NS beat Murry Bergtraum 60-28 for the Class AA Federation Tournament title.

Behind Stewart's 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots, C-NS became the second New York State Public High School Athletic Association team to win the Federation title.

"We wanted to end on a winning note," said Stewart, who is the Gatorade National Girls Player of the Year, the New York State Player of the Year and a Naismith Award winner, along with being the NYSPHSAA and the Federation Tournament MVP. "It's a great accomplishment for us to win this game. Any records broken come second."

Stewart shattered the Federation Tournament record for most points (64), field goals (21) and rebounds (38).

"Winning this (Federation title) is certainly a thrill for her," said Breanna's father, Brian Stewart. "It's not the scoring that means everything to her. The personal records are great. It shows she goes out and plays hard. Without even scoring, she'd be happy. She's more proud of the rebounds and blocked shots because that shows effort."

"She's an unbelievable basketball player, but that pales in comparison to the kind of person she is," said a choked-up C-NS coach Eric Smith. "She gets us going and gets everyone involved."

The Northstars were motivated to meet Bergtraum, which knocked them out of the Federation Tournament last year. C-NS jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 50-19 by the end of the third quarter.

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