ELMSFORD, N.Y. - Alexander Hamilton High School students and staff are beaming with pride after the girls basketball team won its first Section 1 championship in a quarter of a century.
The 18-3 Red Raiders captured the Class C crown by convincingly knocking off their nemesis Haldane, which eliminated Hamilton from the playoffs three years in a row.
"That was the monkey off our back," said Athletic Director Robert Pollok. "It was a great way to win. It was the way we wanted to do it."
Although Hamilton was upended by undefeated John A. Coleman Catholic in a heartbreaking five-point loss Tuesday at the Westchester County Center, Pollok said the girls have nothing to hang their heads over.
"We were confident we could play with them and we did," he said. "We plan to get back to this level again next year. I hope this is a just the tip of the iceberg for us."
Hamilton has three juniors from the starting five returning next year, including Maia Hood, who averaged 22.5 points per game this season. Pollok noted the girls basketball title was the third this year for Hamilton, following in the footsteps of the championship boys soccer and girls cross country teams.
"This year we've had tremendous success all around. We've shown we're here to compete," Pollok said. "It was nice to have everyone come together for one cause, our girls, with standing-room only gyms. A lot of old faces coming together. I think we will be a team to be reckoned with for the next few years."
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