Immaculate Conception High School girls basketball team makes Bergen final

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Immaculate Conception High School girls basketball team makes Bergen final

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015, 12:32 AM
BY EDWARD KENSIK
CORRESPONDENT | COMMUNITY NEWS (ELMWOOD PARK EDITION)
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Immaculate Conception High School made sure this time that it was going to make its first Bergen County Tournament final.

Immaculate Conception junior Autumn Webster (#13, left) looks for a teammate against Saddle River Day’s Kelly Hannigan (#32) in the Bergen County Tournament semi-final game on Sunday at Ramapo College. Behind 30 points from Samantha Fuehring, the Blue Wolves defeated Saddle River Day, 55-40 to help Immaculate Conception move into the tournament finals.
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Immaculate Conception junior Autumn Webster (#13, left) looks for a teammate against Saddle River Day’s Kelly Hannigan (#32) in the Bergen County Tournament semi-final game on Sunday at Ramapo College. Behind 30 points from Samantha Fuehring, the Blue Wolves defeated Saddle River Day, 55-40 to help Immaculate Conception move into the tournament finals.
The Lady Blue Wolves defeated 10th-seeded Saddle River Day, 55-40, on Sunday at Ramapo College in the county girls basketball tournament semi-final. Immaculate Conception, the third seed, will take on top-seeded IHA on Sunday at Ramapo College at 2 p.m. in the county final.

If the Blue Wolves pull off the upset, it would be the first county title for the Lodi school.

For Immaculate Conception, this time the semi-final went its way. Last year, the Lady Blue Wolves lost to Teaneck, 51-48, in overtime in the semi-final.

Immaculate Conception senior forward Samantha Fuehring willed her way to make sure her last run in the Bergen County Tournament would mean something. Fuehring had a huge game with a game-high 30 points as she was a one-girl scoring machine.

The senior can’t wait for Sunday’s game against IHA, which dispatched Paramus Catholic, 65-34, in the game before Immaculate Conception’s game.

“It’s exciting to play the best team in the county,” said Fuehring, who has never faced IHA in her four years for the Blue Wolves.

The Lady Blue Wolves appeared to be on an easy route to the finals, but Saddle River Day made it a little more difficult. Immaculate Conception led 29-13 by halftime.

Immaculate Conception’s lead dwindled to six, 35-29 after Saddle River Day center Danielle Deoui’s bucket with a little more than a minute left in the game.

Fuehring admitted maybe the team was thinking ahead to the finals after taking a big lead at halftime.

“We knew that we had the lead,” said the Immaculate Conception senior.

But after a couple of timeouts, Blue Wolves head coach Jeff Horohonich, who collected his 500th career coaching win earlier in the week, got his team to refocus on Sunday’s game.

Fuehring made sure that the Lady Blue Wolves would not succumb to the Rebels. The senior buried a jump shot at the buzzer that gave Immaculate Conception a 40-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the last period the Blue Wolves would spread out the offense, opening up the inside for Fuehring and junior forward Jasmine Gee to score.

In IHA, Immaculate Conception will face a team that has a 15-game winning streak after the victory over Paramus Catholic. The Blue Wolves defense must stop seniors Caitlin Roche and Katia Oge, who had 17 and 14 points, respectively, in the win over Paramus Catholic.

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