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Beekmantown falls in Regional Final

Mar. 11—SARANAC — It's always tough to see your season end, especially going as far as Beekmantown did.

2017 was the last time the Eagles made it beyond the sectionals. After winning a regional semifinal against Franklin Academy, they had the chance to host Section II's Central Catholic. It would be for a chance to go to the Class A Final Four.

However, Beekmantown couldn't find their shot and baskets were few in their 77-20 defeat to the Crusaders.

"There are positives, they'll see it, it might take a little bit," Eagles coach Emily Girard said. "It's hard to lose and especially by over 50.

"I mean, it hurts you and your soul. They're competitors, they want to win. But after a few days, it'll sink in. They really are the ones that got us as far as we did. And they need to be proud of that. And they will be proud of that."

One could tell it was going to be a longer night for Beekmantown, as they struggled early to deal with the full court press Central Catholic used that led to multiple turnovers.

When the Eagles did break the press, and find an open shot, it just wouldn't fall. Players showed frustration as typically easy shots rolled off the rim.

An 8-0 start by the Crusaders ballooned to 22-3 by the end of the first quarter, and the gap only grew wider as the game progressed.

"Playing in games like these are an incredible experience, and a learning experience," Girard said. "And we know that it's an honor to be able to get to places like this, we would have never been able to play against a team like this last year.

"So to have the opportunity to play against a team of this caliber. It only makes us better. It only makes us more prepared to come back here next year. And a lot of these girls will be coming back next year. So this is an opportunity for us to get better at our game and to move forward."

But the Eagles didn't give up without a fight and they came out of the halftime break with renewed vigor as they still weren't ready to throw in the towel.

They equaled their scoring output of the first half in the third quarter alone (9).

Central Catholic had four players reach double digits led by Dior Dobere with 20.

Beekmantown was led by Payton Parliament with six points as she continued to work to find her shot even as it struggled to go through the net.

"Honestly, I'm just really proud of my team," Girard said. "I got a little choked up not because I'm sad, but I'm so impressed with how far we've gone.

"And these are girls that have been underestimated and beaten down for years when it comes to basketball. And they've come so far. If you look at the rankings, where we ended this year, compared to last year, there's just no comparison. It's pretty much the same team. So to see the same girls come back and make an improvement like that. There's nothing I could be more proud of."

Catholic Central 77, Beekmantown 20

Catholic Central (77)

Rodriguez 3-0-6, Dobere 7-4-20, Turpin 6-2-14, Paul 0-0-0, Campbell 0-0-0, Foalia 5-0-12, Finn 0-0-0, Sagendorf 3-1-7, DiBacco 4-2-10, Gadoy 2-2-6, Deffler 1-0-2, Moore 1-0-2. TOTALS: 32-9-77

Beekmantown (20)

Castine 0-0-0, McCasland 1-0-2, C Hagadorn 0-0-0, Miller 2-0-4, Gregoire 0-0-0, Stanley 1-0-2, O. Hagadorn 1-1-3, Parliament 2-1-6, Conroy 0-0-0, Burke 0-0-0, Barnes 1-0-3. TOTALS: 8-2-20

Halftime- Central Catholic 47-9

3 point goals- CC (6) Dobere 2, Foglia 2,DiBacco 2 BCS (2) Parliament, Barnes