The talented bunch known as Class AA was thrown for another loop as Monday evening’s showdown between Ursuline and Albertus Magnus resulted in a Koala victory.
Ursuline defeated Albertus Magnus, 78-74, in an overtime showdown.
“We knew that they were a great team,” Ursuline senior Korina Guerra said. “We knew that it was going to be a fight. We just had to fight until the finish and we had to play good offense to transition into good defense and I’m really proud of my team.”
Guerra poured in 30 points for the Koalas (16-2) in the victory.
Albertus Magnus (16-2) entered the matchup as favorites after snapping Ossining’s 93-game Section 1 winning streak on Wednesday, but Ursuline had other plans.
From the start, Ursuline made quick moves defensively, translating to offensive opportunities. Eighth grader Sonia Cintron and senior Katie McLoughlin knocked down shots early on to give the Koala’s the momentum boost they needed.
“I think it was a great team win. I think we played together," Guerra said. "This is the stuff we practice for. Albertus is a great team, so I think we really pulled it off.”
With obvious chemistry on the floor, the Koalas continued to work together to make all the right moves. The Falcons quickly made adjustments, with senior Tess Lorenz dropping 11 points in the second quarter.
Lorenz tied the game with a free throw just before halftime.
With time to regroup, the Koala’s came back stronger than ever. Guerra opened with a three, and Cintron followed. Ursuline protected the basketball well, giving the Koalas a double-digit lead midway through the quarter.
“We really locked down in the third quarter,” coach Beth Wooters said. “We played defense and took away some of their 3-point shooters. Albertus is so unbelievably good on both sides, but we made some key rebounds that set us apart.”
Like the second quarter, the Falcons kept their composure.
Albertus Magnus claimed the first six points of the fourth quarter, tying the game with 5:18 remaining.
The teams stayed neck-and-neck through the final buzzer. Neither Albertus Magnus nor Ursuline could close the matchup, and overtime resulted.
“Coach told us to relax,” sophomore Jane McCauley said. “We had the game. It got a little hectic, but we had to relax and play our own game and not let them mess with our heads.”
McCauley knocked down two big 3-pointers in overtime to put Ursuline in front, and the Koalas sealed the victory at the foul line.
“We know the weaknesses of the teams we play,” McCauley said. “We practice and I think that if we keep executing our plays and keep working hard then we’ll stay at the top.”
Albertus Magnus currently leads Class AA in the projected seedings as the regular season winds down. Ursuline sits third behind Ossining at the moment.