WELLESLEY, Mass. – Ellen Port moved into position for her third U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur title and seventh USGA championship, winning two matches Wednesday on her 55th birthday – and 32nd anniversary of her father’s death – to reach the final. ”This is always a day of mixed emotions in my life,” said Port, from St. Louis. ”But I have gratitude. I count my blessings. You never know if you’ll pass this way again. It takes so much to reach the finals.” Port will face 55-year-old Andrea Kraus of Baltimore in the title match at Wellesley Country Club. Port beat Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, Md., 2 and 1 in the morning quarterfinals and outlasted Laura Coble of Augusta, Ga., in 19 holes in the afternoon semifinals. ”When you get to match play, you just have to never give up and be very patient,” Port said. ”My ‘A’ game hasn’t shown up. I’ve just been kind of inconsistent.” Kraus needed extra holes in both matches, topping Canada’s Judith Kyrinis in 21 holes in the quarterfinals and Karen Garcia of Cool, Calif., in 19 holes in the semifinals. Kraus got past the quarterfinals for the first time in USGA play. ”I had a really long day with two really long matches against two terrific players,” Kraus said. ”It wasn’t flawless golf. We were tired. By the end it was who could survive, and I happened to survive today.” Port won in 2012 and 2013 after taking U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2011. With six USGA women’s titles, she’s tied with Hollis Stacy for fourth place – one behind Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander and two behind JoAnne Gunderson Carner. Port is playing for 55th USGA championship event. ”When the gun goes off tomorrow, none of that will matter,” Port said. ”I’ll just convince myself that I’m the world’s greatest amateur. It’s what I’ve done my whole life. That’s just how I operate.” Port pulled even with Coble with a birdie win on the par-3 15th, halved the par-4 16th and par-5 17th and 18th with pars and won with a par on the par-4 19th. In the quarterfinals, Port finished off Schlesinger with a par win on 17. ”I never feel out of a match,” Port said. ”I love being able to pull off a shot. I think I can really focus in on the task at hand and keep from getting too far ahead of myself. It’s just me and the golf course. That’s the way it’s always been. That’s all I can control, and that frees me up.” Kraus squared the match with Garcia with a par win on 17, halved the 18th with a bogey and won with a par on the first extra hole. In the quarterfinals, Kraus won the 14th and 15th to tie Kyrinis, and ended it with a par win on the 21st. ”It is pretty nice to finally get to a final, it really is,” Kraus said. ”It’s really exciting. I’m delighted. I’ll do my best.”
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Front court mate Tyler Cyrus scored the next seven, and Wilson’s tap in gave McQuaid an 11-0 advantage. McQuaid looked in command when freshman Kobe Long hit his fourth trey of the night to give the Knights a 51-38 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.East, though, flexed its muscles from there and the Eagles’ 2-2-1 three-quarter court press forced six turnovers over the next nine possessions.“They did a good job of getting back in the game,” Leasure stated. “They made it their kind of game.”Zion Morrison sparked the run with a pair of free throws. Windell Lucas followed with a rebound and putback. Morrison cut the deficit to one with two more from the charity stripe, and Javar Collier drove baseline to give East its first lead with 1:05 remaining in the game.John Segarra pushed the margin to three with a drive from the wing and finish in traffic. Follow on Facebook Anthony Iglesia (1) takes the inbound pass during the first half of action at East High Friday.By PAUL GOTHAMROCHESTER, N.Y. — Small in stature Anthony Iglesia stood tall again for the McQuaid Jesuit Knights.Iglesia turned a broken play into a buzzer beater, and McQuaid downed the East High Eagles, 57-54 in RCAC action Friday night at East High.The 5-foot-6 point guard drained a 3-pointer as the Knights endured a furious East High rally.“I told coach I wanted to take the shot,” Iglesia said. “I felt comfortable and I told him it was going to go in.“Coach wanted us to execute a play, but we got out of it. He told us if nothing goes down then just take the shot.”Iglesia, who beat Myrtle Beach High earlier in the season with a last-second triple, took the inbound pass from the left side of the floor with 8.1 seconds on the clock and faded right before connecting from 25 feet. By Paul Gotham on January 13, 2017No Comment Segarra fed Morrison for a layup to knot the game at 27 on the first possession of the second half, but a Wilson tap in, and Iglesia three gave McQuaid a 32-28 edge.Long closed the stanza with a triple for a 45-38 McQuaid advantage.“They were playing zone,” the freshman explained. “They left the back corner open, so I decided to move form corner to corner. They never knew where I was. ‘Ant’ kept finding me. ‘TC’ kept finding me. I started off really slow, but I started finding my rhythm and started making shots.” “We drew up something else,” explained McQuaid head coach Jack Leasure. “They were in zone. Option really wasn’t there, but he’s made that same shot for a game winner this year already. As soon as he let go, we all said ‘that’s in.’”After watching a 13-point advantage disappear in the game’s final six minutes, Conor Dalton delivered a pair of game-changing plays when he calmly sank three free throws with 34.8 on the clock to tie the game at 54. The senior guard then created a tie up on an inbound to get McQuaid possession for the game winner.“My team set me up in such a good situation,” Dalton explained. “They were doing everything down the stretch, and I was out with foul trouble. I felt I had to make it up to them for all they had been doing to set me up for that moment.”Dalton then applied his volleyball skills on the hardwood.“I was denying him the ball and he kinda got a little separation, but the toss was high,” Dalton said. “I was able to track it a little bit in my head. I play volleyball, so I’m used to having to track the ball. I was able to reach up at the peak and just tie him up at the end there. Luckily I was able to get up there and tie him up.” Iglesia connects at buzzer; McQuaid nips East Subscribe by Email McQuaid hit just three field goals in the fourth quarter – all from behind the arc.“We’ve been talking about with a young group trying to manage those situations as best we can,” Leasure said of the fourth quarter. “We tried to get a timeout once. After that we couldn’t really take another one. It was just coming down to trusting what we focused on with these guys. About staying tough, in a tough situation and staying together. Focus on the things you can control. They did a great job of that.“That’s really what it comes down to. They were just tough in a tough situation. That’s what basketball is. Just keeps coming back to how are you going to respond. You can’t control the whole game. They did a good job of responding and staying mentally tough.”Long was the only Knight in double figures with 18. Wilson finished with 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.Cyrus took three charges in the game. It was Cyrus who fed Dalton for the three-point attempt with 34.8 remaining. McQuaid improved to 8-5. The Knights host NE Douglass next Wednesday.Morrison led all scorers with 25. The senior guard’s layup late in the first quarter was the 1,000th point of his career. Lucas added 16 points. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for East (10-3). East hosts Strong Vincent (PA) on Saturday. An 8pm tip is scheduled. Anthony Iglesia, East High Eagles, free throws, RCAC But both Cyrus and Wilson were on the bench with two fouls during the second quarter. East took advantage. With the 6-foot-9 Wilson on the bench, the Knights lacked a safety valve in the middle of the floor to beat the press.Lucas and Morrison combined for 13 as East outscored the Knights by five in the second quarter.“When we got to our spots, it was easy,” Leasure said of attacking the press. “When we didn’t get to our spots, we drifted and didn’t come back to it then we gave it away. We’re still learning. We made plays when had to. We just had some really good individual plays down the stretch.”The teams went into the locker room with McQuaid leading 27-25. Connect on Linked in This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.