IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Been there, done that, want to do it again: The Irvington girls basketball team is focused on a fourth straight New York State Class B girls basketball championship beginning with Friday's 10 a.m. tipoff against Oneonta High School in the state semifinals.
The Bulldogs (21-2) will represent local area Section 1 and the Southeast Region of the state being played at upstate Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
The first step in another title run is a rematch of the 2010 Class B state championship against Oneonta that the Bulldogs won 54-33. Irvington and Oneonta (20-1) are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state respectively.
Lexi Martins, who has led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding through the Section 1 and regional run, is a force under the basket. But point guard Brittni Lai is the key to how the Bulldogs offense moves the ball Lauren Chafizadeh, Laurilyn Gelardi, Ryan McMahon and Alyssa DiCampli add depth in coach Gina Maher's offense and the Bulldogs play tough team defense.
The winner will face either Section 5’s Waterloo (22-1) or Section 10’s Salmon River (19-4) in the state championship on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Expect the Bulldogs to win another title for Coach Maher, who has won 11 Section1 titles over her long career.
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