The Spartans held on. And now there will be a rematch.
The second-seeded Spackenkill High School girls basketball team beat visiting third-seeded John S. Burke Catholic on Friday, 49-44, in a Section 9 Class B semifinal.
On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Marlboro beat visiting fourth-seeded Highland, 52-49, setting up a rematch of last year’s Class B final at SUNY New Paltz at 11 a.m. Sunday.
“Marlboro’s a really good team,” Spackenkill coach Don Neise said. “They’re well-coached, they’re very athletic. We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’ll see what happens.”
Burke trailed by two with 22 seconds left, but some clutch foul shots by Nina Hartenfels, who led the Spartans (15-6) with 23 points, put the game away. Hartenfels was 6 for 9 at the foul line in the fourth quarter. Teammate Noelle Mancini added 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, while Issy Herrera scored seven points with five assists.
“I think it was a really well-played game by two good teams,” Neise added. “Burke continued to come back, but Nina was able to knock down a few free-throws.”
Taylor Felicello led Marlboro over the Huskies with 13 points and eight assists. Talaya Lewis (13 points), Julia Rusk (12 points, eight rebounds) and Missy Sadler (12 points, 17 rebounds) chipped in.
Ali Rozzi led Highland with 14 points. Candace McCutcheon added 12.
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