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Strawn makes good on promise as Saints ride big second half to Class B State Title

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TROY, NY -

For the second time in school history the Seton Catholic Central Saints are Girls Basketball State Champions.  The Saints defeated Irvington of Section I on Saturday 86-67 at Hudson Valley Community College.  While the final score was a nineteen point victory for the Saints, the game was a single digit difference until the third quarter when Senior Guard Lexi Levy took an elbow to the head on a defensive rebound. 

Down on the ground for several minutes, Levy walked off the court under her own power.  Saints Head Coach Colleen Jayne called a 30 second timeout, allowing Levy to stay in the game without missing a play.  Immediately after, Levy picked up back-to-back assists to Julia Hauer, missed a transition layup finished by Hanna Strawn, and then got a transition bucket of her own.  Jayne said after the game that was the turning point. 

"When something like that happens for Lexi, she has a tendency to let that fuel her," Jayne said.  "It really was a time frame when she didn't want to leave here without a championship and I think it scared her a little bit that maybe it wasn't going to happen, and she again put the team on her back."

Levy finished the game with 22 points and All-Tournament Honors.

The Saints led for 31:25 of the 32 minute contest, the only Irvington lead coming at 2-0 in the opening minute.  Immediately after, like she did in Friday's semifinal, Ava McCann opened the Saints scoring with a three-pointer in the corner, and immediately followed it with another to give the Saints a 6-2 lead. McCann scored 18 on 3-8 FG, 9-10 FT  Despite that lead staying in single digits for the majority of play, the Saints never again trailed.

Junior Point Guard Hanna Strawn, who made her coach nervous after their Section IV Championship promising Fox 40 that the Saints would win a State Title, led all scorers with 26 points and earned Tournament MVP Honors.

"I just have to tell you I promised, and you were busting me for it.  But I promised," Strawn said.  "It feels so amazing.  I couldn't be happier for my teammates, I give it all to them.  I'm so happy for all of us.  We've worked so hard for this and the fact that it's finally here is amazing."

Sophomore Forwards Julia Hauer and Marina Maerkl each combined for ten points.  Olivia Valdes led Irvington with 20.

The Saints are now 26-1 on the season with a STAC Championship, a Section IV Title, and now a Class B State Title.  But the magical season is not over yet.  Next weekend brings the Federation Tournament which pits the NYSPHSAA Champion Saints against the champs from the NYSAIS, PSAL, and CHSAA