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Irvington Girls Advance To State Basketball Title Game

Irvington's Brittni Lai led second quarter scoring in the victory over Oneonta.
Irvington's Brittni Lai led second quarter scoring in the victory over Oneonta. Photo Credit: Irvington Basketball
Lexi Martins made a key free throw in the Irvington victory over Oneonta.
Lexi Martins made a key free throw in the Irvington victory over Oneonta. Photo Credit: Irvington Basketball

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Alyssa DiCampli and Lexi Martins each made clutch free throws in the final minute Friday as the Irvington girls basketball team held on for a 55-53 victory over Oneonta in the New York State Public Schools Class B semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in upstate Troy.

The three-time defending Class B state champion Bulldogs (22-2) will face either Section 5’s Waterloo (22-1) or Section 10’s Salmon River (19-4) in the state championship game Saturday at 4 p.m.

Irvington trailed 12-8 before tying game at 12-12 after one quarter, then raced past Oneonta with a 15-4 second-quarter run fueled by Brittni Lai's 13 points. Martins had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 27-16 halftime lead.

Lai led Irvington with 20 points and Martins added 18 points and 21 rebounds.

Up 41-38 after Oneonta's 22-14 comeback run in the third quarter, the Bulldogs held on for the win. Laurilyn Gelardi had two key baskets in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs.

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