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Celaj Scores 19 Points in Briarcliff Loss

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Brianna Celaj scored a game-high 19 points, but it was Poughkeepsie which came away with a 48-45 win over Briarcliff in the 12th annual Briarcliff Booster Club Basketball Tournament first-round Friday.Poughkeepsie moves into the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m., while Briarcliff will play in the consolation game Saturday at 1 p.m.Briarcliff held the lead throughout the game before Poughkeepsie went ahead on a pair of Kwatasia Storts’ (14 points) free throws with 50 seconds remaining. Elantra Means (17 points) sealed the game with two free throws with 8.4 seconds on the clock. Poughkeepsie went eight for eight from the line in the final quarter.Cassidy Carrafiello added 14 points and Marissa Contento had six points for Briarcliff.

Poughkeepsie 8 7 18 15 -- 48Briarcliff 7 10 17 11 -- 45

Poughkeepsie (48) -- Kwatasis Storts 5-4-14, Kiara Pittman 3-1-7, Elantra Means 4-6-17, Jaiana Singleton 1-4-6, Jazmin Diggs 2-0-4. Totals -- 15-15-48.Briarcliff (45) -- Cassidy Carrafiello 5-2-14, Brianna Celaj 7-4-19, Grace Orr 1-2-4, Summer Horowitz 1-0-2, Marissa Contento 2-0-6, Kelsey Simpson 0-0-0, Haley Simpson 0-0-0. Totals: 16-8-45.3-point goals -- Pou: Means 3; Bc: Carrafiello 2, Contento 2, Celaj.

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