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Blue Devils Run Away From Leffell In Section 1, Class C Semifinals

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Center, Pace University, whatever.

For the Haldane High School girls basketball team, the Blue Devils always have a home in the Section 1, Class C championship game no matter where it’s played.

The six-time defending champions are back in the finals again, going for title No. 7 in a row after defeating third-seeded Leffell School, 63-20, in a semifinal matchup at the County Center.

The No. 2 Blue Devils will play No. 1 Tuckahoe on Saturday at 2 p.m. back at the County Center.

“It feels great to have the chance at a gold ball. Both teams have worked hard to make it to this point in the season. To win seven in a row would be another chance to show that the girls continue to rise to their potential this season and set high expectations for themselves,” said Haldane coach Jessica Perrone. “Right now we’re focused on preparing for Tuckahoe the best that we can and making sure we come out like today, fully ready to compete.”

Haldane allowed just a single field goal in the first half to Leffell, none in the second quarter, as the Blue Devils raced to a 34-2 halftime lead and essentially ended the game.

“The girls came out ready to play and knew our defensive plan,” Perrone said. “We took a lead early in the first quarter and built on it with our transition offense. It was an all-around team effort. The goal was to have three players in double digits whether for points or rebounds, and we hit that goal on the points side.”

Bela Monteleone led Haldane with a game-high 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Liv Monteleone added 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Maddie Chiera was also in double figures with 10 points.

“We played well, especially coming off a three-week break between the regular season and playoffs,” Perrone said. “I know the girls were more than ready to get back out there and compete. We have some things to work on still but overall we’re proud of how we played.”

Please enjoy this great photo gallery from Todd McDonough.

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