Mechanicville 41 Northeastern Clinton 35
Leading Scorers: Red Raiders – AJ Joseph 12 Charli Goverski 11 Taylor Grayson 9 Jada Brown 6 Amy DiSiena 3 Clinton – Audi Hollister 12
Keys: Mechanicville used a 22-12 advantage over the middle two periods, including a third quarter where they didn’t allow a made field goal, to build a 34-27 lead heading to the final frame. Leading 38-35 with :11 remaining AJ Joseph calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to ice things and send the Red Raiders to the Class B regional final on Saturday at 2:45 at SUNY Potsdam where they’ll face Canton from Section X.
Playing before a sold out SUNY Plattsburgh Field House both squads had trouble making shots, but the Raiders showed that defense travels and their ability to guard, holding Clinton in the mid 30’s, showed that Mechanicville not only can win in a shootout, but also a defensive grind.
The Raiders head back to the north country on Saturday, one win away from the state final four.