Averill Park Sports By Issac Joseph
Hello Warrior fans! It was a historic week for Averill Park as our girls basketball team won the Class A state championship.
The basketball team faced West Babylon in the Class A semifinals on 3/18, where they won 56-36. The game stayed tight throughout the majority of the first half, but the girls pulled away after halftime, holding West Babylon to a scoreless third quarter. Taylor Holohan led the girls team with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Amelia Wood also had a strong game with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Tatiana Tune added 10 points.
The win against West Babylon advanced the girls to the Class A state finals on 3/19, where they took on the number one seed Tappan Zee. The game was consistently back and forth throughout, with each team gaining and giving up the momentum. The Warriors gained a final surge of momentum in the closing minutes when Amelia Woods converted on a contested layup to tie the game, and the girls didn’t look back from there. The basketball team went on to win the game 54-48 to secure their second state title in program history. Along with a team high 20 points, Amelia Wood broke the school record for most career points, with 1,544. The record was previously held for over 10 years by Katie Duma. Wood was named tournament MVP while Taylor Holohan was named to the all tournament team.
Congratulations to the girls basketball team on such a historic feat that Averill Park will never forget! I will be back again to report on AP scores and highlights once competition in the spring sports season begins. Until then, go Warriors!