HUDSON — Saugerties White and Red Hook will play for the Columbia-Greene Girls Summer Basketball League title on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College.
No. 3 seed Saugerties White earned a trip to the title game by beating No. 6 Catskill, 32-24, then upsetting No. 1 seed and previously unbeaten Hudson, 48-44, in the semifinals. Red Hook, the No. 2 seed, punched its ticket to the finals by defeating No. 5 seed Chatham, 49-20. Chatham upended No. 4 seed Hunter-Tannersville, 39-30, in the opening round.
The Saugerties White-Hudson contest was a game of runs, with Saugerties jumping out to a 6-2 lead in the first seven minutes and widening the gap to 20-12 with 7:23 remaining in the half.
Hudson fought back to tie the score at 20-20 on three-pointers by Aaliyah Jones and Danaya Ragland and a bucket by Deja Beauford. The Bluehawks went on to outscore Saugerties 7-4 the remainder of the half to take a 27-24 edge at halftime.
Saugerties White took control at the start of the second half, going on a 13-2 run to match it’s largest lead of the game, 37-29, with 12:35 to play. But once again, Hudson battled back and went on a 13-0 run to build a 42-37 advantage with 3:27 remaining. Shayna Coppersmith had six points and Beauford contributed four to highlight the Bluehawks’ spurt.
A bucket and two free throws got Saugerties White back to within 42-41 with 1:45 to go. A Katie Jepsen basket boosted Hudson’s lead to 44-41, but Saugerties went on to score the final seven points of the game to pull out the victory.
Earlier in the evening, Catskill gave Saugerties White all it could handle, building a 13-11 edge by halftime. The Cats extended their lead to 22-15 with 14 minutes remaining before going cold. Saugerties took advantage, reeling off 10 straight points to go up, 25-22, with 12:22 to go.
Janay Brantley scored the Cats’ first points in more than 10 minutes with a bucket at the four-minute mark, but Saugerties closed the show on a 5-0 run to ice the win.
Chatham had only five girls available to play Monday night and the lack of a bench took its toll in the semifinal loss to Red Hook. In the first round, the Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead over Hunter-Tannersville and never looked back.
The Wildcats trailed 15-7 with 1:30 left in the half, before scoring five quick points to narrow the deficit to 15-12. A pair of Naveah Daigle free throws with :18 to go in the stanza gave Chatham a 17-12 edge at halftime.
Hunter-Tannerville closed the gap to 20-18 early in the second half, but strong play from Daigle and Hailey Cascioli helped Chatham take its biggest lead, 37-24, with 5:22 remaining.
The Wildcats did close to within 37-30 with two minutes left, but Chatham held on for the victory.