Chateaugay coach Chris Reynolds
Chateaugay's Raquel Fowler (12 rebounds)
Chateaugay's Courtney Boyea (7 rebounds)
Coleman Catholic's Makenzie Burud (27 points, 10 rebounds, 9 steals)
Chateaugay is held to just eight points in the second half as Coleman Catholic claims the state title.
Makenzie Burud finished with 27 points for Coleman Catholic.
Makayla Fleury scored eight points for Chateaugay as did Alexis Beach.
The Bulldogs did not score until Abby Barnes put in an offensive rebound with 38 seconds left in the quarter. Coleman Catholic has a 16-point edge heading into the final eight minutes.
So far the difference in this game has been Class A transfer Makenzie Burud, who has scored 18 points as Coleman Catholic has a 25-18 advantage over the Bulldogs.
Chateaugay rallied and put together an 11-2 run to take a brief 15-13 lead with 6:07 left in the half. The Bulldogs used back-to-back, 3-point baskets from Courtney Boyea and Alexis Beach to take the lead.
Beach leads Chateaugay with 8 points. Nobody else has more than one basket.l
Coleman Catholic took advantage of several forced turnovers to build an 11-4 lead late in the first quarter. A 3-point basket from Chateaugay's Alexis Beach brought the Bulldogs to within three at the end of the first.
Coleman Catholic's Makenzie Burud has seven points to lead all scorers.
Chateaugay (18-6), a team that starts three sophomores, one freshman and only one senior, faces a big test today in Section 9's Coleman Catholic (19-2).
The Stateswomen are the top-ranked team in the state and have cruised to the championship game. Coleman Catholic routed South Kortright 47-31 in a semifinal game yesterday, leading 28-8 at halftime.
Coleman Catholic beat Shelter Island 56-19 in a quarterfinal game.
The Stateswomen won the state title in 2009 but were defeated by eventual champion Clymer in a semifinal last season.
Coleman Catholic's top player is a transfer guard from Class A school Red Hook, Makenzie Burud. Burud, who is 5-foot-8, averages 21 points and eight rebounds.
The Stateswomen also feature freshman twins Emily and Nicole Curley, who are each 6-feet. Emily averages eight points and seven rebounds and Nicole averages 6.5 points.
Coleman Catholic, coached by Guy Leonard, is making its fourth straight semifinal appearance.
Chateaugay reached today's game with a 51-43 victory over Whitesville in a semifinal Saturday. Sophomore Courtney Boyea led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Makayla Fleury scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Raquel Fowler tallied 10 points.
Chateaugay will try to become the fourth area team to win a Class D state title in the last decade. Hammond won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008 and Watertown's Immaculate Heart Central won the Class D title in 2002.