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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — It was business as us for Irvington in Tuesday's NYS Class B regional semifinal.
The Bulldogs (22-1) jumped out to a commanding 24-6 first-quarter lead en route to a convincing 79-36 win over Section 9's Highland (14-7) at the Westchester County Center.
Irvington will play the winner of South Hampton (Section 11) and Cold Spring Harbor (Section 8) in the regional final on March 10 at SUNY Farmingdale at 5 p.m.
Against Highland, Irvington's big three led the way once again. Lexi Martins, Brittnai Lai and Marley Giddins dominated the game on both ends of the court.
“We had a great first half,” Irvington coach Gina Maher said. “We played with great intensity, we ran our offense and we played really good defense.”
Martins had a double-double midway through the second quarter as Irvington led 47-12 at the half. She finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Martins now has 975 career rebounds — just 25 short of 1,000.
“In our prior games, we always took a little while to get going and make our run,” said Martins, who discussed the slow starts with Maher prior to the game. “In this one, we wanted to start the game off like that and we did.”
Giddins finished with 20 points three rebounds and three assists and Lai had 12 points, seven assists and six steals. Teammates Ryan McMahon (seven points) and Alyssa DiCampli (five points, eight rebounds, three assists) rounded out the production for Irvington.
Highland’s Kelly Murphy had a good effort in the loss, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds. Alexandria Garcia added nine points and Samantha Valentino had six points and four rebounds.
“They jumped out real early and they have an excellent team,” Highland coach Jim Delmar said. “But we took away some good things from the second half.
"We’re very proud of this season and we’re not going to dwell on a loss to the No. 1 team in the state. We’ve won five section titles in the last seven years and four in a row. We’ll come back next year and maybe get to this point and play a little bit better.”
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