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East Falls to Deer Park 46-34 in Suffolk County Class AA Final

Posted Saturday, March 05, 2011 by Adam Ronis, Newsday

Deer Park wins first county title

There was one second left on the shot clock when Deer Park inbounded the ball with 5:50 left. Felicia LaSorsa caught the ball at the top of the key and unleashed a three-pointer.

The ball banked off the glass and went in, pushing the Deer Park lead to seven points.

"We just tried to get it in and I just shot it," LaSorsa said. "I had a feeling it was going in."

It summarized a remarkable run for No. 4 Deer Park, which won its first county title with a 46-34 win over No. 3 Sachem East on Friday in the Suffolk AA girls basketball county championship at Farmingdale State.

Deer Park (20-2) will play Center Moriches in the Suffolk overall championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at Farmingdale State and play the winner of Baldwin-Farmingdale in the Long Island Class AA championship next Friday at 8 p.m. at Hofstra.

Andrea Desvignes scored 21 points and LaSorsa 12. Meagan Doherty's 15 points led Sachem East (18-3), which made its fourth straight trip to the final.

Deer Park made its first trip to the postseason since 2006 and won its first league title since 1978. None of the girls on the team even played in a playoff game prior to this season.

"We just missed the playoffs the last two seasons," LaSorsa said. "I thought we had the potential do it this season and we did."

Deer Park took the lead for good at the end of the third quarter on a LaSorsa jumper and a Kelsey Dillon putback before LaSorsa's bank shot made it 36-29.

"When I saw it go in," Deer Park coach Mike Gennaro said, "I thought it was our night."

Desvignes followed with a three-pointer to make it 39-29. It was the same recipe the Falcons used in the semifinals. They hit six three-pointers and limited Sachem East to 15 second-half points.

"She's hard to shut down," Gennaro said of Desvignes. "She's a quiet assassin. You look up and she has 19 points. She's a big-time player."

Desvignes sparked an 11-0 run with a three-pointer and capped the run with a steal and layup to give Deer Park a 21-16 lead with 1:09 left in the first half. Desvignes scored 10 points in the quarter and LaSorsa six.

"It's been an amazing experience," Dillon said. "We were determined to go all out this year. It's been a tough few seasons. We knew we had to get it done this year with all the seniors and we did."

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