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York Catholic lost the state championship game to Villa Maria, 52-44, at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday in State College. York Catholic lost, 52-44. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN)

York Catholic's Rachel Forjan is unable to hold back tears after losing to Villa Maria, 52-44, at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN)

York Catholic's Brittany Hicks and Villa Maria's Cara Wyant fight for possession during the PIAA Class AA championship game Friday in State College. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN)

York Catholic's Rachel Forjan hops over Villa Maria's Kaylyn Maruca to race Ashley Prischak to the ball Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN)

By STEVE NAVAROLI

In the end, the result was the same when York Catholic played Villa Maria Academy in the PIAA Class AA championship game for the second straight season.

In a game eerily similar to last year's final, the Irish fell behind just a bit too much and, despite a valiant comeback, fell to the Victors, 52-44.

Kady Schrann paced York Catholic with 21 points, but Villa's Karlee McBride proved worthy of her scholarship to Notre Dame with 29 points and 11 rebounds.

The Irish cut the gap with four straight 3-pointers, yet couldn't get the stops they needed, even though they made it a one-possession game late in the fourth at 47-44.

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