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Rye HS Girls Carry One-Two Scoring Punch To State Basketball Final Four

Daily Voice chats with Rye High senior forward Maddie Eck and junior guard Katie Popp
Daily Voice chats with Rye High senior forward Maddie Eck and junior guard Katie Popp Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
Daily Voice speaks with Rye High girls basketball coach Dennis Hurlie, as his team prepares to head into the state Final Four for the first time since 2004.
Daily Voice speaks with Rye High girls basketball coach Dennis Hurlie, as his team prepares to head into the state Final Four for the first time since 2004. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Rye High girls basketball team will play in a state semifinal Friday.
The Rye High girls basketball team will play in a state semifinal Friday. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Garnets at a practice this week.
The Garnets at a practice this week. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal.
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal.
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal.
The Rye High girls basketball team prepares for this weekend's state semifinal. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

RYE, N.Y. -- It's been a dozen years since Rye High School's girls basketball team advanced this far in state playoff competition.

In 2004, the Rye Garnets won their first sectional title, and advanced to the state final in Class B competition.

With two 1,000-point varsity career scorers, Rye's prospect of beating Floral Park in Friday afternoon's semifinal game is looking good.

RHS' girls will compete for the state's Class A title after winning the Section 1 title against Ursuline in February's competition for the gold ball at Westchester County Center.

Coach Dennis Hurlie's Garnets have racked up an impressive 22-4 record going into the semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College's McDonough Sports Complex in Troy.

Rye defeated Vestal to advance to the state semifinal playoff game.

Rye has not been to Troy since reaching the Class B state final in 2004.

Against Vestal, senior Captain Maddie Eck and junior Katie Popp combined for 45 points, including a game-high 23 from Eck. Both are 1,000-point varsity career scorers.

On Friday, Eck is expected to be defending Floral Park's high scorer.

The Garnets are seasoned clutch players in postseason competition. Last month, Rye made its third consecutive trip to the Section 1 finals at the Westchester County Center.

The Garnets took home the Class A game ball with a 63-47 win over top-seeded Ursuline.

During six postseason games, Ursuline was Rye's only opponent to score more than 40 points.

Eck, who was named to the all-tournament team, has signed on to play at Amherst next winter.

Popp, who scored her 1,000th career point against Ursuline, was named the tournament's MVP.

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