Willsboro girls conference champions

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Warriors controlled the low post and, thus, controlled the game against a seasoned Westport squad in the MVAC girls basketball finals Feb. 20.

Junior center Alicia Mahoney had her best performance of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Willsboro past the defending MVAC champions 50-41.

Mahoney shot 8-of-11 from the charity stripe and helped anchor a tenacious Willsboro defense that allowed very little scoring in the paint.

Strong outside shooting from Christina Sherman, Rebecca White and Martha McKinley allowed Westport to keep pace through much of the first half before the Warriors pulled away for a 27-22 lead at halftime.

Willsboro then increased their lead in the third quarter as Ashley Sherman found her way into the lane and Mahoney continued to add put-backs. The 11-point deficit proved insurmountable for the Eagles.

Ashley Sherman and Jennifer Murphy each finished with 10 for the Warriors, with Murphy adding six rebounds.

Several Westport players were troubled by fouls, including Willa McKinley, who still managed to finish with 11 points to lead the Eagles. White added nine.

"They played better than us, and they won," said Westport head coach Hokie McKinley. "We didn't deny the ball in the post as well as we should have."

Willsboro head coach Charlene Lobdell said defense was the key for her team.

"Our foul shooting was not very good," she said, "but we kept our composure in the post."

"It was a team effort," Lobdell added. "They worked well together."

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