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Seton Unable To Recover From Mendon's Third Quarter Rally In Class A Final

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Binghamton, N.Y. - Seton Catholic Central girls basketball looked to grab their second state title in three seasons and third overall on Sunday morning at Hudson Valley Community College. Only three Saints scored in the first half of the Class A final against Mendon High School.

Seniors Marina Maerkl and Julia Hauer combined for 22 points heading into the second half, scoring 22 of the Saints 27 points.

SCC led 27-23 heading into the second half and with both teams looking to be extremely evenly matched, the ending to this game was up for grabs. But, then, the second half came around and the Saints had a horrific start to the third quarter. Senior Julia Hauer was called for her third foul with 5:39 left in the third quarter. Five seconds later, she sat on the bench with her fourth foul and didn't return into the game until early in the fourth quarter. Eventually picking up her fifth foul, Hauer's presence was certainly missed as she played no more than three minutes in the second half, when the Saints were outscored, 36-23.

Senior Marina Maerkl did what she does best and stepped up big for the Saints, leading the team in points, scoring 22 and collecting 10 points just in the second quarter. She single-handedly kept her team in the game. 

Mendon took a hold of the basketball game in the third quarter when they went on a 14-0 run leading them to a 59-50 victory over the Seton Catholic Central Saints. The run gave them an 11-point lead and also knocked the Saints best player, Julia Hauer from the game with four fouls.

Free-throws and turnovers are the big mistakes that cost the Saints this game. SCC turned the ball over 19 times and went 9-for-18 at the free throw line.