The Lady Trojans must like playing the come-from-behind role.
They did it last week against conference rival Division and did it again Friday night to beat John Glenn High School of East Northport for the Class A Long Island championship.
"We were a little slow getting out of the gate in the first half," said coach Anthony Sparacia. "We had trouble guarding their big girl, (Allison) McKenna and they were shooting really well from the outside. But we were able to regroup and I thought our defense did a heck of a job in the second half."
The Lady Knights of Glenn utilized McKenna early, getting the ball inside to their big center and taking a 16-9 first quarter lead.
Garden City could not find its outside shot as senior forward Barbara Sullivan missed on several attempts. Three-point specialist Kim Ryan was also cold to start out, coming up short on all of her shots.
The second quarter was more of the same story with McKenna getting multiple touches inside and sophomore guard Emma Klis hitting several key outside shots.
The Lady Knights took a 25-16 lead going into halftime.
The Lady Trojans looked like a different team to start the third quarter.
Ryan hit back to back three-point shots and Sullivan charged to the basket for easy layups to cut the margin to three points, 29-26.
McKenna hit a couple of more shots for Glenn but Ryan and guard Katie Trimmer closed the quarter on a high note for Garden City, each hitting medium-range shots from the corners.
Down five to start the third quarter, Sullivan ignited the Garden City faithful by hitting a three-point shot from the top of the key.
On the ensuing Lady Trojan possession, forward Christina Mangels hit a layup to tie the score at 35.
She than proceeded to steal the ball on the inbounds play and hit a layup to give Garden City the lead.
"She is our money player," said Sparacia. "She does everything for this basketball team."
The Lady Knights got another three-pointer from Klis to take back the lead. It would be Glenn's last lead of the game.
Sullivan hit another layup and Ryan hit her third three of the half to give Garden City a four-point advantage, 42-38.
It was all downhill for Glenn. Their early hot shooting had cooled off and McKenna picked up her fifth foul midway through the fourth.
All the Lady Knights could do was foul and they ended up putting Garden City's second best free throw shooter on the line, Mangels.
The junior was solid, hitting all of her free throws to help give the Lady Trojans the 51-42 victory.
Sullivan led the Lady Trojans with 17 points and seven rebounds. Mangels had 15 points and was a beast on the boards with 15 rebounds.
Garden City will play in the state semi-final game March 18 at 3:15 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.