You didn't know if they were quite on the level of Ossining going in, but coming out of the game what is certainly known is that there is a new favorite in Class "AA" this season and it's head coach Tom Catapano and his Baldwin squad as they led from nearly start to finish to end the 88 game winning streak that Ossining had against New York State Public School's dating back to March of 2012 when the Pride lost to a Cicero-North Syracuse team that was led by former UConn star, and now pro, Breanna Stewart.
It did take a mighty effort to knock off Ossining as Catapano admitted after the game, but he got everything he could've asked for from guard Jenna Annecchiarico '18 who scored a game high 35 points to lead Baldwin to the shocking 83-73 victory.
With so many Baldwin players with foul issues, Catapano made a note to point out the play he got in the 3rd from bench players that allowed them to stay in front as a major key to their chances down the stretch."I thought our bench there was phenomenal," Catapano said. We faced a lot of adversity with Aziah getting 3 fouls in the first half and Jenna getting her 4th in the 3rd quarter but they found a way to help us keep the lead."That was important as the pro-Ossining crowd was able to get their team to a close position, but they weren't over the top yet.
Once again, a Quain three cut the deficit to 1, and Ossining did have a pair of chances to take the lead, but missed jumpers by the Pride allowed Baldwin to push in transition and Annecchiarico was able to blow by her defender for a bucket while getting fouled with to play that really seemed to stem the ride for the Lady Bruins.
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Located at Hoch’s Corner in Oley Township, the fieldstone one-room school house of Sarah Boone had long been a centennial of pioneer education, even though Sarah Boone was long remembered for female vocational education.
Before the game Catapano talked to his team as he knew his team was ready for this one against the defending NYSPHSAA and Federation Champions in Ossining, but he knew that this was not a normal game, this was a game to make a statement to the New York basketball community."This was a business trip for us and I told them that in the locker room," Catapano said about the pregame vibe of the team. I have a ton of respect for Ossining and what they do but I felt we were ready."Coming out of the gate Ossining scored the first 6 points of the game to take a 6-0 lead as Kelsey Quain '18 connected on a 3 ball, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter '17 soon followed with a finish driving to the rim while getting fouled, but even with that early momentum going the Pride's way, Baldwin had an answer.
In the loss, it was Taitt who had a major 2nd half as she scored 19 of her game high 27 points in the last 16 minutes to help keep things close, but with no one else in double figures for the Lady Lions, they just didn't have enough fire power to come back for the win.
Annecchiarico then hit on two 3's late in the opening quarter as the blistering pace played into both team’s favor, though Baldwin held the 24-18 lead after one.
Inevitably the pace did slow down just a bit in the 2nd quarter, but Baldwin did keep the offensive groove going as they moved the ball well in the halfcourt, and were able to beat the Ossining defense in transition more often than not to take a 13-point lead midway through the second.
In the defeat for Ossining they got a team high 28 points from Espinoza-Hunter, while Harris had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as well in the defeat.
While it was a disappointing defeat for Ossining, their first loss in the County Center since 2013, it was a win that has to open the eyes of many about just how talented this Baldwin team is this year.
She had to go to the bench for a short period too late in the 3rd and early in the 4th, but even then, she knew that her impact late in the game would be felt."I went to the bench but I stayed hyped and kept my head up and when coach said it was time to rock and roll I just went," Annecchiarico said with a smile after the win.