Superstar Recruit Dashes Kearney's Title Hopes

- Emily Durr will be heading to Iowa State next season to play division one college basketball. 

Bishop Kearney wished she had left just a bit sooner. 

Durr scored 29 points to pace Utica Notre Dame in a 71-36 romp over Bishop Kearney in the Class B state championship Saturday afternoon at Hudson Valley CC. 

Kearney was trying to win back-to-back state championships, but the Kings weren't able to play with a full deck in the title game. Their star center, Emanuella Edoka, was hobbled by a knee sprain and played only three minutes.

Notre Dame jumped out to an 11-3 lead, but the Kings hung in and trailed by only seven late in the first half. However, Durr hit a jumper and a long three before the half to put Utica up 32-20 at the break. 

The Juggles closed out the third quarter on an 8-0 run and led 52-34 after three quarters. Kearney was out of gas and scored only two points in the fourth quarter. 

"Of course, we wanted to win the state championship. But, I told each one of them, 'don't forget what you've accomplished'," Kearney head coach Kevin Sheppard said. "People don't get back here twice. People don't get here once and we have an opportunity to, hopefully, get back again next year."

"Knowing we won last year, we thought it would just be given to us," junior guard Kharysma Bryant said. "They took it. I commend them."

Kearney finished the season 21-3. 

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