PLEASANTVILLE, NY – The soft spoken, somewhat shy, Aubrey Griffin, was a monster on the court scoring 46 points in the Section 1 Class AA Girls Basketball championship game Saturday afternoon at Pace University to lead her Ossining Pride over Our Lady of Lourdes 75-63.
The game started out in Lourdes’ favor. The Warriors were fast, scrappy, and accurate. Rebecca Townes and freshman Ava Learn had three 3-pointers between them in the first quarter, while Madison Siegrist and Daniella Valdez were creating some havoc for Ossining under the boards.
Lourdes had a 19-12 lead after one, and held Griffin to just four points in the second quarter as Lourdes went to the halftime locker room with a 30-21 lead.
“I told the girls at halftime that they are going to come out with their strongest punch in the second half and we have to be ready for it.”, said Lourdes head coach Al Viani.
Aubrey Griffin got things rolling with one of her signature drives to the basket, but Rebecca Townes answered right back with a long range three to start the third quarter. But then Ossining kicked it into high gear and changed the pacing of the game. Griffin couldn’t miss and scored 24 points in just the third quarter. Ossining blew up for 32 points and a 53-49 lead.
In trying to keep up, the Warriors were uncharacteristically committing unforced turnovers. Other than Townes’ three to start the quarter, and a Valdez jumper, Maddy Siegrist carried the bulk of the offensive load for Lourdes hitting three field goals and going 8-8 from the line. She scored 14 of Lourdes 19 points in the third quarter. Siegrist finished her final game at Lourdes with 27 points. Senior Rebecca Townes finished with 14 points, and frehsman Ava Learn scored 13.
Fatigue set in, in the fourth quarter for the Lourdes starting five, who played the majority of minutes, while Ossining had the luxury of shuffling players in and out all game and getting some quality bench points down the stretch.
“We knew they were going to be tough”, said Kailah Harris of Ossining, “but we had to just play our game”.
Dan Ricci said the plan in the second half was to contain Siegrist and turn on the intensity, “We needed to get a body on Siegrist because she was killing us in the first half. And then we needed to pick up the intensity, because when we’re playing at that speed no one can keep up with us.”
Griffin was awarded the tournament MVP honors. Both Siegrist and Learn, along with Katie Wall from Ketcham, were named to the All Tournament team.
This was the eighth consecutive Section One Class AA title for Ossining. The Pride now moves onto the Regionals