C-NS girls hoops goes back to state final four

Miles last-second-basket pushes Northstars past Shenendehowa

"I just trust Liz so much. I knew she'd make the shot," said Roberts.

"Miles is a tough kid," said Smith. "She has a number of injuries right now that most people wouldn't fight through."

One of those injuries is a broken bone on the top of Miles' foot, which she said affects her when she makes a sudden turn.

"It's my senior season and my last time playing basketball in high school," said Miles. "The younger players on the team look up to me, so I want to do it for them."

C-NS came out red hot against Shen. The Northstars made more than 70 percent of its field goals in the first half as it built a 37-25 halftime lead.

The second half was a different story. C-NS started missing the mark, while Shen started converting. By the fourth quarter, the Northstars were clinging to a 43-42 lead.

"We came back down to reality, and they shot the ball better in the second half," said Smith.

Twice in the fourth quarter, C-NS built a five-point advantage, only to see Shen come back. A pair of baskets by freshman forward Sydney Brown and clutch free throws by Boland helped the Plainsmen finally take the lead with 10 seconds left in regulation.

At the end, though, Roberts and Miles would make the biggest play of all.

Overall, Roberts scored 14 points, recorded six steals and dished out three assists. Samantha Tortora contributed 11 points, and Miles added eight points and eight rebounds.

Emilee Norris had 10 points before fouling out late in regulation, while Free contributed nine points, most of them in the first half. Boland led Shen with 20 points, while Brown chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds.

C-NS returns to Troy next Friday for the AA state semifinal against Section VIII (Nassau County, Long Island) champion Baldwin, which tips off at 8 p.m. The winner in that game meets Gates-Chili (Section V) or Ossining (Section I) for the state title a night later.

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