FARMINGDALE, N.Y. The Irvington girls basketball team earned the opportunity to try for a third straight state title next weekend after defeating Southampton High School 74-41 Saturday in the New York State Class B girls basketball regional championship game at Farmingdale State College.
Marley Giddins led the way with 23 points and Brittni Lai scored 18 as the two-time Section 1 and state champion Bulldogs opened a 45-18 lead in the first half and cruised to the win, setting up next weeks Final Four semifinal against Section 7 representative Saranac Central at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
"The win today was great," Giddins said. "I think we played some of the best basketball that we have played all year against a really good Southampton team. We played a very fast-paced transition game that got us a lot of fast break opportunities. It was an all around great team effort."
Lexi Martins, who has led the Bulldogs averaging 15 rebounds a game through the sectional and regional playoffs, scored 15 points had her second 19-rebound game in the last week.
The Bulldogs defeated a team from Cazenovia High School in last years semifinals, and then topped St. Thomas Aquinas to win their second consecutive Class B title. Giddins, a senior, and juniors Martins and Lai were all members of that team.
Bulldogs Coach Gina Maher has led her teams to three state championships in her tenure at Irvington. Maher, who was inducted into the New York State Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010, has won more than 500 games over her 35-year career.
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