Junior forward Jalay Knowles contributed 15 points for Ossining, which won its second consecutive state title despite graduating 10 seniors from last year's championship squad, including Sonyia Chong, who is now at Connecticut - where she is a teammate of C-NS alum Breanna Stewart. Both of them were in attendance for Saturday night's game.
“It means a lot to us because a lot of people doubted us,” said Samuels. “But we practiced hard every day and did what we could do.”
Senior guard Samantha Roberts poured in 22 points, and senior forward Elizabeth Miles contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for C-NS. Sophomore guard McKayla Roberts added nine points before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter when she injured her lower right leg.
Smith said his team, who has made the state Class AA final four each of the last four years, will regroup for next year, when it hopes to make another trip to HVCC.
“I love the girls on this team," said Smith. "They compete and play hard every night."
Ironically, Stewart was in attendance at HVCC just hours after her Section III scoring record of 2,367 points was broken by Utica-Notre Dame senior Emily Durr, whose 29 points gave her 2,389 and helped the Jugglers rout Bishop Kearney 71-36 for the state Class B title. Durr is headed to Iowa State next fall.