Last year, the Christ the King Lady Royals were undefeated until the final game of the season, which they lost to Baldwin in the Federation State “AA” Championship game.
Almost one year to the exact date, the Lady Royals were again in the finals – though not undefeated – against Ossining High School.
This time, the Royals were able to overthrow Ossining in the final, capturing the state title with an 81-76 victory in Glens Falls.
“I expected it to be a war and it was a war,” head coach Bob Mackey said. “Did I expect us to be down 10 there? No, but Ossining had the firepower and were getting the job done.”
Florida commit Nina Rickards led the way with 19 points and nine rebounds. Klarke Sconiers, who will play for Minnesota in the fall, recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ohio State-bound Kaelynn Satterfield added 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the victory.
“We kept revisiting that locker room from last year, we never wanted to feel that way again, said Sconiers, referring to last year’s loss in the championship game.
The championship comes after the girl’s program lost two staples - assistant coach Clare Droesch and athletic trainer Anton Turkovic – who both passed away within the last year.
Elsewhere in the Federations, the Christ the Kings boys program, who also reached the “AA” finals, were shut down by Long Island Lutheran, 51-31.
The Royals, who won the Catholic League Championship two weeks earlier, defeated West Genesee in the semifinals, 59-53. Ryan Myers led the way with 19 points and five assists, while star sophomore Moussa Cisse added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks.
South Shore’s boys and girls “AA” squads – both of which won PSAL City Championships – were eliminated in the semifinals.
PSAL “B” Division Champion Brooklyn Law and Tech’s girls squad also made it to the finals, falling 47-41 to Irvington.