Late Steal Gives Sutherland Dramatic Championship

- Liz Greendyke intercepted a pass in front of her own basket, turned around and found Ally Judd for the go-ahead layup and (1)Sutherland hung on for a 42-40 win over (3)Mercy in the Class A1 championship game Friday night at Finger Lakes Community College. Mercy had a half court shot online at the buzzer, but it fell just short. 

Sutherland jumped out to an 11-2 lead and was up 22-15 at the half. However, Mercy closed to within three after the third quarter and the fourth quarter was a nailbiter from start to finish. 

Mercy took their first lead of the game at 32-31 when Erin Kosciewicz hit a corner 3, but the Knights came back with seven of the next nine points. Bayley Axelrod capped the run with a wing three-pointer and Sutherland was ahead 38-34 with 3:17 to play. 

The Monarchs got the next four points. Kosciewicz hit a putback to cut the lead in half and then Mia Caterisano nailed a baseline jumper to even the score at 38 with just under two minutes left.

Each team exchanged then exchanged a basket. Sutherland had a chance to break the tie, but missed two free throws. Mercy got the rebound and called timeout with ten seconds to play. Greendyke and Judd stole the show from there. 

Greendyke led all scorers with 16 points and was named tournament MVP. Santita Ebangwese added 12 points for the Knights. 

Kosciewicz topped the Monarchs with just nine points. Caterisano and Jayla Myles each had eight points. All eight Mercy players who got into the game scored at least two points. 

The Knights move on to Tuesday's Class A state qualifier against Wayne. The Eagles had an equally dramatic win against Geneva when Shyana McLeod scored two buckets in the final five seconds to lead a 61-59 win. The time and site for the state qualifier are to be determined. 

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