CANTON Alyssa Crosby scored 61.5 percent of her teams points to lead the Hammond girls basketball team to the Section 10 Class D championship game with a 39-35 win over Chateaugay on Tuesday in a semifinal at SUNY Canton.
No. 2 Hammond (19-1 overall), the defending champion, will meet No. 5 Heuvelton in the championship game at 6:15 p.m. Friday at SUNY Potsdam. Hammond beat Heuvelton twice this season by margins of 30 and 20 points.
Crosby, a senior, scored 24 points against the No. 3 Bulldogs and added eight rebounds and five blocks as Hammond knocked Chateaugay out of the semifinals for a second straight year.
We knew Chateaugay would be very tough and we worked very hard to prepare for them, Crosby said. I have played the post a lot this year and really enjoy it. I worked on it a lot this summer.
Last year, the Red Devils rallied from a 24-point halftime deficit to beat Chateaugay. This time Hammond got off to an early 16-9 lead and maintained it.
Hannah Cook led Chateaugay (16-4) with 15 points.
HEUVELTON 39, MADRID-WADDINGTON 37 (OT)
The way the regular season ended did not foretell that the Bulldogs would go on a playoff run and reach the championship game.
Heuvelton (15-6) lost three of its last four regular-season games, but has won three straight games in the Section 10 Class D playoffs and knocked out the top-seeded Yellow Jackets in the second semifinal. Heuvelton also avenged a 41-38 loss to Madrid-Waddington in the second game of the regular season.
Lexi Weidner scored five of Heuveltons eight points in overtime and finished with eight for the Bulldogs.
Logan Tallman led Heuvelton with 12 points, all coming on 3-point baskets. Paige McCormick scored nine points and Olivia St. Pierre added eight.
The Yellow Jackets (18-2) struggled with free-throw shooting, making only 9-of-24.
Bridget Beldock led Madrid-Waddington with 13 points. Jenn King scored nine and Tess Knight added eight.