Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater

No. 3 Maple Hill advanced to the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals with a 53-40 victory over No. 14 Stillwater Saturday, Feb. 15, in Schodack.

The Wildcats built a 25-15 halftime lead and fended off several Stillwater charges in the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter to secure a date with No. 6 Lake George in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Hoosic Valley Central School in Schaghticoke.

Lydia Chittenden led a balanced Maple Hill attack with 10 points. Karsyn Berger and Lauryn Smith each contributed eight points.

Marley Mueller had 15 points, and Brooke Pickett added 13 points for Stillwater.

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Lake George moved on to the quarterfinals with a 73-52 victory over No. 11 Rensselaer behind Graceann Bennett’s big night. Bennett scored 26 points, pulled down 22 rebounds and added 10 assists for the Lady Warriors, who have won 17 games in a row.

Nikki Hladik contributed 16 points, and Rachel Jaeger added 10 points for Lake George. Mechalle Cancer netted 19 points, and Navia Bynum chipped in with 11 points for Rensselaer.

Elsewhere in the Class C playoffs, No. 1 Cambridge eased past No. 16 Canajoharie 66-30. Lilly Phillips poured in 27 points, and twin sister Sophie Phillips had 22 points for the defending Class C champion Indians.

Cambridge will host No. 8 Greenwich in the Class C quarterfinals after the Witches defeated No. 9 Duanesburg 51-32. Molly Brophy scored 18 points, and Tess Merrill contributed 13 points for Greenwich, which led 27-15 at halftime. Madison Meyer led Duanesburg with 18 points.

The other quarterfinal game at Cambridge Wednesday pits No. 4 Warrensburg against No. 5 Berne-Knox-Westerlo. Warrensburg handled No. 13 Mayfield 49-31 as Abigail Ranous netted 13 points and Meghan Hughes added 12 points, including her 1,000th career point. Lindsey Hampton had nine points for Mayfield.

BKW went on an 18-8 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 49-39 victory over No. 12 Chatham. Alexis Wright made 13 of her 16 free throws on her way to an 18-point night for the Bulldogs, and Taylor Meacham netted 16 points. Hannah Taylor scored 11 points for the Panthers.

No. 2 Hoosic Valley had little trouble with No. 15 Schoharie in a 55-21 victory. Sami Dickinson paced Hoosic Valley with 17 points, and Alex Rifenburg added 14 points. Julie Lehoe had 12 points for Schoharie.

No. 7 Hoosick Falls jumped out to a 31-8 lead in the first half and cruised past No. 10 Middleburgh 65-48 to advance to a quarterfinal match-up against Hoosic Valley. Logan Thayne had 32 points for the Panthers, while Kelsey Terrell led the Knights with 20 points.

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