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<B>Hoosick Falls forward Kelly Pine looks to take a shot in the paint against Catskill on Friday. Pine had 17 points for the Panthers. Hoosick Falls will play Ravena tomorrow in the championship game at 6 p.m.</B>
Hoosick Falls forward Kelly Pine looks to take a shot in the paint against Catskill on Friday. Pine had 17 points for the Panthers. Hoosick Falls will play
Hoosick Falls forward Kelly Pine looks to take a shot in the paint against Catskill on Friday. Pine had 17 points for the Panthers. Hoosick Falls will play Ravena tomorrow in the championship game at 6 p.m. (Adam Samrov)

ADAM SAMROV

Sports Editor

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- After three quarters in the opening round game of the girls basketball Hoosier Holiday Tournament between Hoosick Falls and Catskill, the Panthers led by four and coach Eamonn DeGraaf needed his team to respond.

"I told them in the intermission, we needed to set the tone for the fourth and we really did that," DeGraaf said.

Hoosick Falls held the Cats to one point and no field goals in the final frame, pulling away to a 47-26 win on Friday night.

"We can score if we can set up our press," DeGraaf said. "It helps us tremendously to pressure other teams. We take pride in playing good defense and that's what we did in the fourth quarter."

Catskill hung around for the first 24 minutes, never leading but never trailing by more than seven points.

At the end of the third, senior Lauren Konsul stole an errant pass and scored to make it 28-23, then added a bucket at the horn to pull within four at 29-25.

That would be the last gasp for the Cats as the 5-2 Panthers -- winners of four in a row -- methodically lengthened the lead.

Freshman Kelly Pine, the leading scorer on the night with 17, was a major part of the fourth quarter heroics, scoring eight points on plays in the post, where the smaller Cats guards had little chance of stopping it.

"She did everything we expect, she caught the ball around the rim and finished," DeGraaf said. "It's hard to get it to her with [teams playing a] zone defense, but when she does, she finishes and tonight was a nice performance."

Pine and sophomore Megan Flynn combined for 25 points and 16 rebounds on the night.

"Last year, I was mainly in the high post, I'm not used to that yet," Pine said. "I'm comfortable driving in the lane, though. Coach DeGraaf sets up the play specifically to take advantage of the mismatch."

As the Panthers turned up the heat, Catskill wilted, with many of their fourth quarter possessions didn't even result in a shot.

"We're a young team, when [other teams] turn up the pressure they can't handle it yet," said Catskill coach Chris Quinn. "They give great effort, hopefully [in time] the execution will match the effort."

Carsen Williams added 10 points with only one field goal, she ended up 8-of-14 from the free throw line, including four in the fourth quarter.

"Carsen did a great job getting to the rim and collapsing the defense," DeGraaf said. "The big difference in the fourth was getting to the rim or finding the open player."

Hoosick Falls will face Ravena at 6 p.m. Saturday night in the finals of the tournament, while Catskill and Albany Leadership will play in the consolation at 4:30 p.m.