Midwood's Rockaway Trio Lose In PSAL Girls' Playoffs
By Elio Velez
Megan McKenna felt good about her three point attempt, which would have helped her Midwood Lady Hornets cut a four point deficit against Manhattan Center at Hunter College Saturday night.
The three point attempt, with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter, hit the rim and went in and then agonizingly out of the basket. Midwood could not complete their fourth quarter comeback, losing 54-47 in the semifinal to designate what PSAL girls team would compete to represent in the New York State Federation "A' Tournament.
McKenna knew she wasn't having one of her best games, even though she scored a team high 17 points. Nine of her 17 came in the fourth as Manhattan Center began to loosen their once iron clad three quarter lead. The Hornets would cut a 12 point deficit to 44-42 on Michelle Cashen's (14 points) basket with 3:32 left. But Manhattan Center found a way to hold on as the loss ended McKenna's high school basketball career.
"They were ahead but we didn't want to go down. We fought back. It didn't go our way in the end and we lost," said the 5 foot 8 shooting guard.
"I was missing some shots but I had a feeling I was going to be hot. It didn't happen. Some of the shots were halfway in and rolled out," McKenna said.
Midwood was suffering through one of their patented slow starts according to head coach Artie LaGreca. They would be held accountable as Manhattan Center point guard China Crosby had 15 points and their taller front line fended off Midwood's drives to the basket.
"We outplayed them in the fourth quarter and we got it to two points. But give them credit. They made the plays when they had to," LaGreca said. They handled the pressure.
"A couple of shots here and there and it's different. It's comes down to knocking down shots and we didn't do it.
LaGreca gives credit to his team for having one of their strongest seasons after graduating current Stanford guard Melanie Murphy last season.
"It was a great season. People didn't think we'd get this far. We got some kids who established themselves this season."
McKenna, along with teammate and fellow Rockaway resident, junior Michelle Cashen are just a few of the basketball players moving on to play softball. Celeste Roberts, the guard/forward will start for the girls' soccer team.
"I was satisfied and I didn't want to end though it would have to end sometime. As coach said this is the furthest a team has ever gotten to March 17, so we had a great year," says McKenna, who will play shortstop for the soccer team.