END OF THE ROAD: Midlakes season ends as Irvington runs away with state title

An incredible two-year run from the Midlakes varsity girls basketball program can to an abrupt end on Saturday night in the NYSPHSAA Class B State Championship game at Hudson Valley Community College. The Screaming Eagles’ opponent, Irvington, took control of the title game early and never looked back finishing with a 71-38 victory and their school’s 6th state championship.

After a strong showing in Friday night’s semifinal victory over Canton, Midlakes came out flat against an Irvington team that outsized the Eagles throughout the line-up. The Bulldogs ran out to a 19-4 lead heading into the 2nd quarter and then extended their lead to 34-9 at halftime. While Midlakes struggled to find any offense in the first half, Irvington sank 5 first half three pointers and dominated the glass on both ends of the court.

Any hope for a second half come back was dashed early in the third quarter as Abby Conklin hit back-to-back three pointers right our of the locker room. Midlakes did find some offense in the 3rd quarter, scoring 15 point, but still weren’t able to keep up with Irvington who took a 55-24 lead into the final period. In the end it was a 34 point margin and the end of an incredible two year run by the core group of Screaming Eagle seniors.

Midlakes all-time leading scorer Alaina Forbes scored 13 points in her final game. Fellow senior Macy Kisner scored 11. Seniors Sydney Passalacqua and Hannah Galloway finished with 2 points apiece. Sophomore Cara Walker, who had been battling the flu all weekend, scored 6 while her younger sister, eighth grader Callie Walker, scored 3 points.

Midlakes season ends with a 23-4 record and a Sectional championship, the school’s 3rd in Midlakes history.

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