Locust Valley High School’s Varsity Girls Basketball team captured the NYSPHSAA Section VIII championship title on March 1, when they defeated the first-seeded Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks at Hofstra university. The final score was 41-31.
Facing a Cold Spring Harbor team that handed them their only conference loss, the Falcons found themselves in a tight game with the score tied at halftime and heading into the fourth quarter. Guard Payton Tini helped the Falcons pull away late, scoring 14 of the team’s 18 points in the final frame to finish with 33 points on the night.
The 2023 championship win marks the Falcons’ third straight county title since 2019, interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. As the Nassau County winners, the team will now compete against Suffolk Class B winners Center Moriches in the Long Island championship, which is set to take place on March 8 at 4 p.m. at Hofstra University.