Ossining Girls Win Fourth Straight Section 1 Basketball Championship

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The Ossining Pride girls basketball team won its fourth straight Section 1 Class AA title Sunday, March 2 at the County Center. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
The Section 1 Class AA girls champion Ossining girls basketball yeam at center court at the County Center
The Section 1 Class AA girls champion Ossining girls basketball yeam at center court at the County Center Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Ossining's girls basketball team won its fourth straight Section 1 title Sunday with a convincing 76-49 victory over Mahopac in the Class AA championship game at the Westchester County Center.

Top-seeded Ossining raised its record to 20-2 and advanced to the state regional round against the Section 9 representative Tuesday, March 5 at Mount St. Mary's College in Newburgh.

The Pride, led by Jalay Knowles'  23 points and 12 rebounds, opened a 20-8 after one quarter, extended to 37-20 at halftime and closed the third quarter up 58-38.

The backcourt of Shadeen Samuels (14 points), Alicia Sanchez (8 points), Stefanie Svoboda (9 points) and Cyan Scarduzio pushed the ball into the inside players and the outside shot when it was opened, making six 3-pointers in all.

Svoboda said the win was especially significant because the Pride has continued to win even after the departure of University of Connecticut freshman standout Saniya Chong, who led the team to the last three titles.

'We look inside to (Knowles and Madison Strippoli) first for their offense them kick the ball back for outside shots," Svoboda said. "That's why we can work on defenses. Winning a fourth title is special because it means we have a strong program and good coaches."

Knowles, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, got scoring support from Samuels with 16 points and Madison Strippoli with 11 for Ossining. Samuels was also named to the All-Tournament team.

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