SOMERS, N.Y. The Kennedy girls basketball team faces its toughest test of the season Tuesday when it tips off against defending champion Irvington in the Section 1 Class B tournament in an 8:15 p.m. semifinal matchup at the Westchester County Center.
The fourth-seeded Gaels (13-6) have been improving through the regular season winning 11 of 13 games after going 2-4 in their first six games.
Sara Dowd, Leah Greene and Kiera Hennessey each scored nine points in a balanced offense that earned the Gaels a thrilling 42-8 victory over Woodlands in the quarterfinals. Shayna Gaskin, Catherine Purdy, Kaitlyn Knox and Megan Weidenhammer add depth to the lineup.
Irvington (18-1), the top seed and two-time defending Section 1 and New York State Class B champion, is the big favorite to win a third straight title with the underdog Lady Gaels looking for the upset.
The Bulldogs feature a triple-threat offense in Brittni Lai, Marley Giddins and Alexis Martins and a cast of top-notch high school players who know how to win and implement coach Gina Mahers game plan to perfection. Laurilyn Gelardi and Jaime Gelardi, Lauren Chafizadeh , Alyssa DiCampli and a deep bench give the Bulldogs an edge against most teams.
This one should go to the Bulldogs unless the Gaels can find a defense that can keep the game close.
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