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Immaculata finishes just one game short of ultimate prize

RayAnn Call, seen here driving to the basket earlier in the season, helped Immaculata take second in state competition. (Photo by Michael J. Petro)
Hackley was one of the few schools this season to slow down Immaculata standout Taylor Heinold and because of it, enjoyed a size-able advantage which helped the downstate power repeat as NYSAIS champions.

Immaculata fell to top-seeded Hackley 67-51 in the state independent school tournament championship game at Fieldston High School on Sunday (March 3). The third-seeded Bears had won the Thursday and Friday prior to advance to the final.

Heinold, a senior who averaged easily over 20 points and enjoyed a number of 30-plus point games down the stretch of the season, was held to nine by the Hornets, who improved to 23-2. Immaculata finished 20-5.

The Bears were led in the final by senior Kathryn Halloran, who scored 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting and junior RayAnn Call, who added 10 points, going 5 of 7 from the field. Freshman Jordan Heinold contributed 10 points. Immaculata trailed 37-22 at halftime and attempted to get closer, but every time it hit a big shot, Hackley seemed to have an answer.

In defeating seventh-seeded Fieldston 48-38 in the semifinal, Taylor Heinold scored 16 points, facing double-teams throughout the game, while her sister, Jordan, added 13. Call recorded eight assists and the point guard helped her team handle the press, while seniors Bailey Gawley and Jill Sullivan and sophomore Molly Hennessy and Jordan Heinold did a good job defending a tough opponent in the low post.

The day prior in a 42-35 quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded Holy Child, Taylor Heinold knocked down 15 points and Jordan Heinold added 11, while junior Grace Coughlin (four points), Hennessy and Sullivan gave Immaculata crucial minutes and helped settled down the team after it went into halftime down 23-18.

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