Section III has always been the home of great high school basketball play and this year is no different as seven teams from Section III are competing this weekend in the state basketball championships.
In Class D girls action, Utica Notre-Dame defeated Tamarac by the score of 69-55 on the back of Emily Durr's 32 points with18 of her 32 points coming in the fourth quarter including five 3-pointers. Durr now brings her career point total to an incredible 2,360 points. The Jugglers will square off against Bishop Kearney for the state title on Saturday.
Jamesville-DeWitt's Maddy Frank led her team in a win over Harborfield by a final of 44-30. The Red Rams used lock down defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch hitting 8-of 12 in the final two minutes of play. Jamesville- DeWitt will play for their first state championship on Saturday against Sutherland at 7 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.
The Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars defeated Baldwin 61-50. Leading scorer for the Northstars McKayla Roberts finished the game with 15 points to add to her five assists. Northstars look to keep their momentum into their state title game against Ossining on Saturday at 8:45 p.m.
Hamilton will play Fort Edward Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. The victor will play either Eldred or Romulus at noon on Sunday.
Nick Comenale led his New York Mills team to their Class D State final with a 57-24 win over Moriah. Comenale scored a game high 28 points and five steals. The Marauders will play Coleman Catholic at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Westhill Warriors will play for the Class B state championship after defeating Ogdensburg Free Academy by the final score of 74-67. Westhill was led by junior guard Tyler Reynolds who finished with a game high of 27 points. The Warriors will face off against Olean at 9 p.m. Saturday in Glen Falls.
Waterville fell short in the Class C semi-final game, 62-58 to Hoosic Valley. Waterville fought their way back from a 13 point deficit but in the end it was too much to overcome.