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Peekskill Girls Repeat As Section 1 Class A Basketball Champions

The Peekskill girls topped Albertus to win a second straight Section 1 Class A basketball title at the County Center.
The Peekskill girls topped Albertus to win a second straight Section 1 Class A basketball title at the County Center. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore
The Section 1 Class A champion Peekskill girls celebrate a second straight title. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Peekskill's defense smothered Albertus Magnus in the second half Saturday  night and the Red Devils rolled to a 49-34 victory and a second straight Section 1 Class A girls basketball championship at the County Center.

Fourth-seeded Peekskill used a tough inside defense to extend a narrow 26-22 lead through the third quarter for a 37-28 edge and pulled away for the win.

The Red Devils, who defeated top-seeded Beacon in the semifinals to advance to the title game, advanced to next week's state regional playoffs and will play next on Saturday, March 8 at New Rochelle High School.

Peekskill had balanced scoring led by Latisha Clark with nine points and 10 rebounds, Lanay Rodney with 8 points and Morgan Beechum with 7. Clark was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

"We have a good group on offense and a very strong bench," Clark said. "The key to this win was offensive and defensive rebounding and boxing out -- the basics. And we're really happy to repeat because that was a goal we had this year."

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