ELMIRA - Kieth Harris hit a game-winning baseline jumper with just under six seconds left as Johnson City edged Elmira-Notre Dame 62-60 in the Regional Division II Championship game.
“This is a tremendous learning experience for us,” Notre Dame head coach Bill Hopkins said. “There is nothing to be ashamed of, we competed against a team above our class.”
The Crusaders competed and found themselves up 37-31 at halftime and up 50-46 at the end of the third quarter.
Cole Clark openend up the fourth quarter with two baskets that extended Notre Dame’s lead to 54-46 with 6:30 to go.
Johnson City’s Xavier Hill and and Ben Cook traded buckets, then the Wildcats put together an 8-0 run to pull to within one point at 56-55.
Gary Raupers then made a layup with 3:50 left in the contest that gave the Crusaders a 58-55 lead.
After a few empty possessions, Hill came back was fouled and made one free-throw to cut the lead to 58-56.
Raupers got to the line the ensuing possession, but missed two free-throws.
Alec Lopez then tied the game at 60 for the Wildcats with a layup with 1:10 to go in the game.
Elmira Notre Dame couldn’t get a basket to go and it fell in the hands of Johnson City with 10 seconds left.
“I was thinking about calling a time out, but I didn’t want to call timeout so they could set up a play for the best player,” said Hopkins.
Ladarius Thompson, who had 24 points in the game, brought the ball up and found Harris who hit the game-winner.
“You kind of live with him making a nice shot,” Hopkins said. “You have to tip your cap.”
Girls Division Championship Game
Seton Catholic 55, Elmira 47
ELMIRA - Seton Catholic used a strong first half to top Elmira 55-47 in a rematch of last year’s girls division championship game.
The Saints got off to a 7-0 start in the first three minutes of the game on buckets from Hanna Strawn, Ava McCann and a triple from Reese Vaughan.
Lexi Boorse netted the first Elmira basket at the 4:31 mark, with McCann answering eight seconds later with a corner three. Strawn then added a three-pointer and Marina Maerkl had a basket as the Express found themselves down 15-4 and down 17-8 at the end of the quarter.
Elmira fought back in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to only two points at 17-15 on five points from Morgan Gentile and a bucket from Zaria Demember-Shazier.
The Saints responded with a 13-4 run to end the quarter powered by seven points from Strawn and six from McCann as the Express trailed 30-19.
Seton Catholic outscored Elmira in the third quarter 14-11 for a 44-30 lead with eight minutes to play.
The Express again fought back and cut the deficit to as little as 52-47 on a Morgan Gentile layup late in the fourth, but the Saints held on for the victory.
Strawn had a game high 23 points and McCann added 22 that included four three-pointers.
Kiara Fisher had 19 points on 31 shots for Elmira and Gentile added 13,
Regional Division I Championship
Newfield 49, Edison 34
ELMIRA - Newfield used a strong second half to top Edison 49-34 in the Regional Division I Championship.
Edison led 18-17 at the break, but Newfield outscored the Spartans 32-16 in the last 16 minutes.
Newfield forced six turnovers in the second half.
Quintel Clemens led the Trojans with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Wood had seven points and 11 rebounds.
Nate Chorney led the Spartans with 15 points.
Girls Division 3rd Place
Bishop Kearney 52, Cardinal O’Hara 36
ELMIRA - Bishop Kearney got to the foul line 23 times in its 52-36 win over Cardinal O’Hara on Saturday.
The Kings took control in the first half, outscoring the Hawks 27-15 and never looked back.
Saniaa Wilson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Bishop Kearney, Allure Simmons and Kiaia Goode each chipped in 12 points.
The Knights outrebounded the Hawks 37-24 in the game.
Kiara Johnson posted 10 points for Cardinal O’Hara.
Girls Division 5th Place Game
Horseheads 67, Notre Dame 37
ELMIRA - Jillian Casey had 26 points, including 7 three-pointers as Horseheads got past Notre Dame 67-37 on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders took control of the game with a 21-7 first quarter and never looked back.
Horseheads netted 12 three-pointers as a team.
Alli Richmond had 14 points as the Blue Raiders’ second leading scorer.
Mary Foster posted 16 points for the Crusaders.
Girls Division 7th Place Game
Hornell 47, Corning 41
ELMIRA - Hornell used a strong fourth quarter to top Corning on Saturday 47-41.
Tied after three quarters at 34, the Red Raiders outscored the Hawks 13-7 in the final frame.
Hornell hit six three-pointers compared to only two for Corning.
Abby Austin had 14 points for the Red Raiders and Chelsie Freeland added 11 points.
Kenna Newman led the Hawks with 14 points and Alexis Easling chipped in 10.
National Division 3rd Place
McDonogh 53, Elmira 51
ELMIRA - McDonogh edged Elmira 53-51 on Saturday.
The Express held a 22-16 lead at halftime, but were outscored 17-10 in the third quarter and committed seven turnover in the period.
Noah Locke had 32 points to lead McDonogh and added six steals.
For the Express, Luke Baldwin posted 16 points and Nahjor Mack added 11 points and six rebounds.
National Division 5th Place
Landon Prep 53, Seton Catholic 48
ELMIRA - Landon Prep got past Seton Catholic 53-48 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs turned the Saints over 23 times in the contest.
Seton Catholic held a 40-34 lead after the third quarter, but was outscored 19-8 in the final eight minutes.
Kina Lily had 12 points for Landon Prep, Carmin Reynolds added 11 points and Just Patterson posted 10 points.
For Seton Catholic, Marcus Dyes had a game high 14 points and Peter Hartirick chipped in 12 points.
National Division 7th Place
McQuaid Jesuit 82, Horseheads 58
ELMIRA - Jermaine Taggart and Kobe Long combined for 59 points as McQuaid cruised by Horseheads 82-58.
The Knights only led 31-24 at the break, but exploded for 51 points in the second half.
McQuaid Jesuit held the Blue Raiders to only 38 percent shooting for the game.
Michael Limoncelli had 20 points to lead Horseheads, Lewis Clearwater posted 17 points and Marcus Hayes registered 14 points.