Westport unable to score third straight title, downed by Orange

"Every girls on that floor tonight played their hearts out," he said.

The Orange jumped to an early 8-0 lead and finished the first quarter at 15-8. The Flying Forts, however, didn't let them get off that easy, outshooting them 17-9 in the second quarter and lead at the half 25-24.

Both teams turned to full-court pressure in the second half and finished regulations tied at 48 after Carlie Reynolds sank two free-throws. She scored seven of her 13 points from the line.

Murphy Farrell fouled out in regulation and the Orange were forced to pick up their defense without her. Farrell finished with nine points, including one three-pointer.

In overtime, Reynolds put up at jumper to secure a 52-50 lead and, ultimately, give them the win.

The final seconds of the game brought a scramble that transfered the ball through the hands of six different players before the final buzzer rang. The Orange crowd erupted with cheers and the Lady Orange fell into a celebratory huddle.

"It was intense, but we have wanted this for so long," said Orange senior forward Allison Pine. "After Murph fouled out, we had to work that much harder."

Pine finished with 11 points in the win.

The Orange were led by some surprise shooting by Melanie Peirson, who finished with a season-high 15 points. Jessica Bain and Morgan Hinkley each contributed two points apiece in the win.

The record-setting season will continue as Indian Lake-Long Lake (20-2) will face Section X's Chateaugay at Potsdam State at noon Saturday.

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