The basketball season ended Saturday for Canisius and the St. Mary’s of Lancaster boys, but the Cardinal O’Hara girls team is still alive.
Cardinal O’Hara will move on to the State Federation Tournament in two weeks after defeating New York City diocese champion Good Counsel of White Plains, 63-41, in the state Catholic High School Class B championship game Saturday at Cardinal Spellman High in the Bronx. It was the second straight state Catholic Class B title for O’Hara.
The Hawks (27-1) will face the New York City PSAL champion at 10:30 a.m. on March 23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Despite winning handily, O’Hara had a few scary moments.
“We had to overcome some pretty serious foul trouble in the first half,” said O’Hara coach Dan McDermott.
Three starters – Kayla Brown, Keyonte Edwards and Kelsey McCarthy – were on the bench because of fouls in the second quarter. Still, the Hawks outscored Good Counsel, 23-14, thanks to Leah McDonell, who scored 15 of the O’Hara points in the period.
McDonell finished with 27 points, seven steals and five rebounds. McCarthy had 12 rebounds.
Canisius (23-4), the Monsignor Martin champion and ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools, faded in the fourth quarter and lost to Nazareth (23-5) of Brooklyn, 44-40, at Fordham University in the Bronx in the state Catholic Boys Class A game. The Crusaders led, 31-27, going into the final quarter but were outscored, 17-9.
Matt MacDonald had 14 points for Canisius while Adam Weir added 12.
The Crusaders were stymied by Nazareth’s’ zone defense.
“If you told me before the game that we would hold them to 44 points, I would have felt good about the outcome,” said Canisius coach Kyle Husband. “We just couldn’t get anything going. Nazareth did a good job of controlling the tempo. They played the Temple Zone the whole game. They slowed it down to a halfcourt game and didn’t allow us to get into any tempo and get up and down the floor the way we usually do.”
St. Mary’s rallied in the fourth quarter from a 40-34 deficit but fell short in a 44-42 loss to Monsignor Scanlan of the Bronx in the Class B final.
Junior Tylor English led the Lancers with 15 points. Dione Strong, another junior, had 10.