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High school basketball: Waterloo ends Salmon River’s dream season, 65-53

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TROY — The run is done.

The Salmon River girls basketball team ended its 2012-13 season with a final four loss to Section 5 champion Waterloo, 65-53, on Friday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College.

Salmon River finished the season with a 17-7 record, claiming the Section 10 Class B title along with the Region 2 championship.

Early turnovers in the opening quarter aided in the season-ending setback, as Waterloo broke away from an 8-8 tie, moved in front 14-8 and never lost the lead the rest of the way to advance to today’s championship game against top-ranked Irvington, which was a 55-53 winner over Oneonta in Friday’s opening game at HVCC.

Despite falling behind, Salmon River continued to drive the ball to the basket, but the superior height of the two Waterloo forwards, Lauren Deming and Lindsay Johnson, collected missed shots or alter solid looks, doing the damage inside, while sharp-shooting guard Chelsea Steinruck answered almost every time the Shamrocks cut into the Indians lead.

Waterloo held an 18-13 lead after the first quarter, with Salmon River cutting its deficit in the second quarter to two points, 18-16.

Abby Kelly tossed in her first of two 3-pointers in the state contest.

But Steinruck answered the call with a pair of treys to push the Waterloo lead back to eight points, 24-16.

The Shamrocks’ Kwiio King pulled the Shamrocks to within three points, 24-21, only to have the Indians match the Shamrocks point for point to close the first half with a 31-27 lead.

Waterloo opened the third quarter by increasing its lead to nine points.

Taylor Francis tossed in a 3-pointer to cut the Salmon River deficit back to six points. The Indians kept their lead throughout the the third.

Kelly’s second triple before the end of the third quarter left Waterloo with a cushion of six, 46-40.

Salmon River switched from its collapsing zone defense in the fourth quarter, trying a man-to-man approach as well as a full-court press. But the switches were for not, as Waterloo had an answer, thanks to the Indians’ big three of Deming, Johnson and Steinruck.

Deming, who at 6-foot, ran the point for the majority of the game as well as driving through the lane and collected most of the team’s 27 rebounds, posting a double-double with 12 rebounds.

Johnson, Waterloo’s other 6-footer, led all scorers with 26 points and pulled down eight boards, while Steinruck did the damage from the outside, nailing four of the team’s five treys, finishing with 15 points.

Salmon River had four players reach double figures in scoring with Aliyah Cook lead the way with 15 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from the foul line.

Kelly and King both finished with 11 points, while Jaiden Mitchell had 10 points, sinking two of the seven 3-pointers by the Shamrocks.

Taylor Francis also connected for a pair of buckets from beyond the arc for six points.



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