Hammond 59, Chateaugay 56
Third-seeded Hammond (16-4) used a 26-6 spurt in the fourth quarter to come back from a 25-point halftime deficit and knock off defending Section 10 champion Chateaugay (16-4) in the first semifinal game at SUNY Canton Tuesday.
Chateaugay, which played in the state championship game last year, scored 18 of the first 20 points and had a 43-18 halftime lead.
But Hammond, which last won the Section 10 title in 2009 after winning state titles in 2007 and 2008, started playing a full-court pressure defense in the second half and held the Bulldogs to only 13 points over the final 16 minutes.
The leader for the Red Devils was junior Alyssa Crosby, who scored 35 points, including 20 of the team's 26 points in the fourth quarter. Crosby also scored the game-winning basket with 1.8 seconds left after Gabby Marshall grabbed a defensive rebound. Crosby was fouled on her bank shot (seen below) and added a free throw for the final point of the contest.
Hammond coach Shawn Dack
Crosby was the only double-digit scorer for Hammond. Makayla Fleury led Chateaugay with 14 points. Alexis Beach and Courtney Boyea each scored 12 and Hannah Cook tossed in 10.
Hermon-DeKalb 43, Madrid-Waddington 31
The top-seeded Demons saw what happened to Chateaugay in the first game, so they did not relax even when up 25-7 at halftime.
Hermon-DeKalb (17-2) actually went into a slump in the third quarter and at one stretch had gone 9 minutes and 38 seconds without scoring when Clarisa Davis hit this 3-point basket, which was one of five for her in the game.
A surprise scorer for the Demons was senior center Kelly Williams, who entered the game averaging 7.3 points. She topped that with 10 in the first quarter and finished with 16.
Demons coach Steve Morrill