ELMSFORD Saniya Chong drove the left side of the lane, drew a foul in the air, made the shot and then swished the historic point from the line. The Ossining senior didn’t know the significance. There was no ceremony at Hamilton to mark the moment with 6:05 left, just a timeout in an air-tight game.
She needed 28 points to pass Sheila Wagner as the greatest girls scorer in Westchester history — more than any girl has ever scored in Putnam or Rockland as well — and move into second on Section 1’s all-time list. The Peekskill grad’s record of 2,476 had stood tall since 1986.
But Chong made history and made sure Hamilton’s 12-game, season-opening winning streak was history, too.
Ossining, the defending Class AA sectional champ, received a stiff test from the defending Class C champ. But Chong scored 24 of her 43 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to power the Pride to their fifth straight win, 88-79.
“I think it’s a great feeling for me to know that I accomplished another record,” Chong said. “Me not knowing, but coming in here and playing as hard as I can and beating another phenomenal player (in Wagner) is very outstanding.”
The thing was, the UConn-bound guard picked up her fourth foul 27 seconds into the final quarter.
“I’m not taking you out unless you foul out,” coach Dan Ricci told her.
“She needs to learn how to play just in case we’re in a big game, or a playoff game, and she’s in foul trouble,” Ricci said.
When Chong passed Wagner, Ossining owned a 67-66 lead. Chong had already hit two 3s earlier in the quarter. She drilled another to tie it at 70-70. That launched a 16-4 burst that made it an 83-74 game with 1:50 left. Chong scored 10 in that stretch. She didn’t foul out.
“We kind of fell off where we gave her a little too much space,” Hamilton coach Benjamin Carter said. “She’s good for taking over and she can hit those type of shots if you give her a little ground.”
Ossining moved to 9-3, managing to withstand the Red Raiders’ terrific inside-outside punch of Maia Hood and Tiffany Corselli. Both owned 19 points at the break, helping their team to a 42-40 edge. Both finished with 29, with Corselli popping in six 3s.
They made a statement and Hamilton made a statement even though it lost.
“It says we can hang with the biggest schools in Section 1 and the small schools in Section 1,” Hood said.
Chong now owns 2,492 points. Former FDR-Hyde Park star Karen O’Connor’s section record of 2,662 has held up since 1987, but Chong is also poised to take that one down. As Ricci put it, “She’s just phenomenal.”