WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Behind 18 points from Hannah Angelini, second-seeded Somers defeated No. 6 Tappan Zee 38-18 in the Section 1 Class A semifinals on Thursday at the Westchester County Center.
The tenacious Tusker defense held a normally potent Lady Dutchmen offense to just five points in the second half and one in the fourth quarter. Tappan Zee was 0 for 14 from beyond the arc.
"Coach gave us a great scouting report," Angelini said of head coach Marc Hattem. "He told us if we stop their offense early (in a possession), they won't be able to get into it and start their offense. I think we did an incredible job of that."
Somers led from wire-to-wire and hit six 3-pointers in the contest. The Tuskers, who held a 25-13 advantage at halftime and were up 33-17 after three quarters, were able to get in the paint and finish consistently against an undersized Tappan Zee team.
"This team has so many great shooters and that really forced them to spread out their defense," said Angelini, who also grabbed seven rebounds. "It opened up the lanes for me and everyone else."
The Tuskers were able to overcome foul trouble. Jackie Penzo picked up four fouls in the first half and Livy Rosenzweig, who was crucial on the glass, was tagged with her fourth foul in the second half. It didn't deter them, however.
"Coach as always said to us, 'When adversity hits—what are we going to do? Are we going to sink or are we going to swim?'" Angelini said. "I think we swam. We stuck together, stayed as a team, stayed calm and kept our composure. That just shows that nothing can get in our way."
The Tuskers (18-5), who were making their first appearance at the final four at the County Center, also received contributions from Danielle DiCintio (seven points, five rebounds, three assists) and Liv Lipski (six points).
Somers looks to capture its first Gold Ball when it faces fifth-seeded Eastchester in the Class A final on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the County Center.
"We're going to enjoy this win, but we're not satisfied," Angelini said. "We know we can do more. We're just going to go back to practice, work 10 times harder and hopefully get that Gold Ball."