When Preston lost junior Megan Triano, the team's leading rebounder and second leading scorer at the time, to a torn ACL in February, head coach John Martin said there was serious concerns about how well the team would finish the season.
Those concerns almost seem silly now as Preston not only won the Archdiocesan B division title, but also took the CHSAA Class B City championship with a 38-29 victory over Fontbonne Hall at Sacred Heart in Yonkers on Friday.
Now Martin is brimming with confidence as his team gets set to face Cardinal O'Hara (Buffalo) for the state championship at Christ the King on Saturday.
"I'm very confident in my team's abilities right now," Martin said. "My players are playing with a lot of confidence and we're definitely strong enough to pull this out."
Martin credited a strong scouting report as a big contributor in the playoffs so far, but even though Preston is up against more of an unknown opponent on Saturday, he thinks they will still be able to come away with a state title.
"Tomorrow is a bit different," Martin admitted. "We have enough weapons offensively and we've been playing very well defensively that we will be able to make it work. We're a very deep team that is capable of playing a variety of styles. I think that will help us a lot because we will be able to adapt to whatever they throw at us."
It was a close game, but Preston led at the end of each quarter. Jasmina Dzurlic led with 13 points. Victoria Sorrell had seven, and Victoria McCaffrey and Melissa Cwikla each had six points for Preston. Cindy Henderson led Fontbonne with 13 points and Kate Oliver contributed with six.