Cambridge 57 Watkins Glen 43
Leading Scorers: Indians – Sophie Phillips 24 Stasia Epler 14 McKayla McLenithan 10 Watkins Glen – Andrienna Solomon 11 Danielle Leszyk 10 Taylor Kelly 10
Cambridge can run with anyone and their opponent Watkins Glen feels the same way. For three quarters of the Class C state final Saturday in Troy, the two squads rode transition games that had brought them to the championship run producing a fast paced, competitive game where the biggest lead by either team was five points.
Then the Cambridge defense took over.
Leading 41-39 heading to the final frame Cambridge held the Senecas to just four points over the final eight minutes, forcing turnovers and missed shots, while keeping Watkins Glen scoreless on their first 11 possessions of the period.
The first points of the quarter came on a triple by the Indians Stasia Epler at the 5:36 mark and two minutes later the freshman guard buried another deep ball giving Cambridge a 50-39 advantage, and with their ability to guard, that was more than enough to send the Indians to their first basketball state championship.
Cambridge finishes the historic campaign at 25-1 and will graduate just two seniors, Rhiannon Darling and Brecke Gifford, while returning the remainder of the roster including the starting five of four sophomores and a freshman.
Congratulations to the Cambridge Indians, Class C state girls basketball champions.