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Ossining Girls Beat Slow Start To Reach State Basketball Final

The Ossining girls basketball team is on the verge of winning its first state title.
The Ossining girls basketball team is on the verge of winning its first state title. Photo Credit: Ossining Basketball

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining girls basketball team recovered from an early deficit Friday and held on for a 66-58 victory over Sachem-East in a New York Class AA girls basketball semifinal at Hudson Valley Community College in upstate Troy.

The Pride (20-4) advanced to the Class AA championship game and will face either Gates Chili (23-0) or Cicero-North Syracuse (18-3), the defending state and Federation champion, at 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Saniya Chong scored 22 of her game-high 27 points in the second half after hitting just two points in the first quarter when the Pride fell behind, 16-13. Chong added eight steals and six assists.

Ossining cut the early deficit to 26-25 at halftime and outscored Sachem, 41-32, the rest of the way.

Jalay Knowles had 11 rebounds and played strong defense for the Pride.

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