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Scenes from girls basketball: Cambridge pulls away from Watkins Glen to win Class C state title

By ROB JONAS

TROY – It started with a three-pointer and ended with a jubilant celebration.

Stasia Epler’s three-pointer 2:20 into the fourth quarter sparked a 14-4 run that gave Cambridge a 57-43 victory over Watkins Glen (Section 4) in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C girls basketball final Saturday, March 16, at Hudson Valley Community College.

It’s the first state title in the program’s history, and with a starting five consisting of four sophomores and a freshman, a possible sign of things to come.

“It’s crazy. We’re not even done yet. We still have a couple of years,” said Epler, the freshman within the starting five.

The game was closely contested through the first three quarters. Cambridge built a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but three-pointers by Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon helped Watkins Glen pull ahead 16-13 at the end of the period. Neither team led by more than three points until the third quarter, when Cambridge took a 40-35 lead. Solomon and Hannah Morse drove for layups in the final minute to pull Watkins Glen within two points of the Indians entering the fourth quarter. Continue reading “Scenes from girls basketball: Cambridge pulls away from Watkins Glen to win Class C state title”

Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons

TROY – Franklinville (Section 6) jumped out to a 27-10 halftime lead and sailed past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 56-26 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Championships Friday, March 15, at Hudson Valley Community College.

Danielle Haskell poured in 33 points to lead Franklinville to the Class D final against Edwards-Knox (Section 10). Haskell made five three-pointers and sank eight out of her 11 free throws to help Franklinville pull away.

Abby Kienzle netted 10 points for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, which was making its first trip to the state semifinals in three decades. No other player scored more than three points for the Lady Knights.

Meanwhile, Cambridge advanced to the Class C final with a 75-43 victory over Maple Grove (Section 6) in the semifinal round. Sophie Phillips scored 23 points, and twin sister Lilly Phillips contributed 22 points for the Indians, who led 28-10 after the first quarter. Marissa Schuppenhauer had 16 points for Maple Grove.

Cambridge meets Watkins Glen (Section 4) in Saturday’s Class C final at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”

Scenes from Section 2 girls basketball: Cambridge uses team approach to defeat Hoosick Falls in Class C final

By ROB JONAS

TROY – Cambridge reached the Section 2 Class C girls basketball final behind twin sisters Lilly and Sophie Phillips, but to win the championship, the Indians needed others to come through.

McKayla McLenithan and Ruth Nolan eah scored nine points to compliment Sophie Phillips’ 25-point performance to help Cambridge rally past Hoosick Falls 55-49 in the Class C final Friday, March 1, at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Indians trailed throughout much of the game before taking a 45-44 lead on a Nolan three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Cambridge increased its advantage to five points before a Grace Wysocki three-pointer and a putback by Logan Thayne tied the score at 49-49.

Hoosick Falls fouled McLenithan with less than one minute left in regulation. The sophomore forward missed the first foul shot, but she made the second to put Cambridge ahead for good.

“I just knew I had to make the shot,” said McLenithan. “If I didn’t, I knew we would still have a chance at the end.” Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 girls basketball: Cambridge uses team approach to defeat Hoosick Falls in Class C final”

Section 2 Class C girls basketball playoffs: Hoosick Falls stuns Hoosic Valley

No. 7 Hoosick Falls overcame an early 14-0 deficit to upset No. 2 Hoosic Valley 49-36 in the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Schaghticoke.

The Panthers outscored the Indians 36-15 in the second half to advance into Tuesday’s semifinal game against No. 3 Maple Hill, which ousted No. 6 Lake George 60-52 in another quarterfinal contest.

Logan Thayne netted 18 points, and Grace Wysocki contributed 14 points for Hoosick Falls against its Wasaren League rival. Renee Serafin led Hoosic Valley with 13 points.

Maple Hill’s defense limited Lake George to 21 points in the second half to end the Warriors’ 17-game winning streak and advance to the semifinals. Natasha Strock paced the Wildcats with 13 points, while Lydia Chittenden chipped in with 12 points and Jenna Hoffman added 11 points.

Graceann Bennett poured in 24 points for Lake George. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball playoffs: Hoosick Falls stuns Hoosic Valley”

Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoffs: Home teams sweep opening round games

All eight home teams won their Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoff games Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Top-seeded Lake George had little trouble with No. 16 Cambridge, as the Warriors prevailed 105-53. New York’s top-ranked Class C squad jumped out to a 35-3 lead in the first quarter, and it never looked back in advancing to the quarterfinals.

Mason Flatley poured in 28 points, and Chris Becker contributed 21 points for Lake George, which extended its state-best winning streak to 49 games. Ben Epler had 20 points, and Brian Hall added 17 points for Cambridge.

Up next for Lake George is Friday’s quarterfinal game against No. 8 Schoharie at Hudson Valley Community College after Schoharie edged No. 9 Stillwater 53-51. Shane Helmstadt scored 18 points for Schoharie, which built an 18-9 lead in the first quarter and fended off a Stillwater rally in the second half.

Brian McNeil netted 20 points, and James Galarneau added 12 points for Stillwater.

No. 4 Chatham and No. 5 Mayfield also advanced with opening round wins Tuesday. Chatham defeated No. 13 Fort Plain 64-46, while Mayfield eased past No. 12 Greenwich 57-37. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoffs: Home teams sweep opening round games”

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. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater”

Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: Hudson Falls, Cambridge among opening round winners

No. 17 Hudson Falls went on a 23-8 run in the second quarter and held on for a 58-56 victory over No. 16 Cohoes in the opening round of the Section 2 Class B boys basketball playoffs Saturday, Feb. 15.

Riley Maddison netted 18 points, and Johnathan Beagle contributed 14 points for Hudson Falls, which led 32-23 at halftime. Troy Snyder and Jonathan LaSure each knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 18 points apiece for Cohoes. Hudson Falls advances to face No. 1 Schalmont Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Rotterdam.

In the other Class B opening-round game, No. 15 Greenville defeated No. 18 Broadalbin-Perth 71-51 to move on to the first round against No. 2 Glens Falls. Damien Fiducia netted 32 points for the Spartans, who led 22-11 after the first quarter. Keenan Mulholland sank five three-pointers to finish with 15 points.

Alexander DiCaterino scored 18 points for Broadalbin-Perth. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: Hudson Falls, Cambridge among opening round winners”

Indoor track: Four leagues host championship meets at University at Albany

One day. Four league championship meets. One location.

The Colonial Council, the Wasaren League, the Foothills Council and the Independent League held their league meets together Sunday, Feb. 10, at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.

The Colonial Council meet was a lopsided affair, as the Mohonasen girls and Albany Academy for Boys track teams dominated the competition. Mohonasen won the girls team title with 174 points, well ahead of runner-up Academy of the Holy Names, while Albany Academy finished 50 points ahead of Mohonasen in the boys team standings, 138-88.

Emma Sinisgalli (1,000-meter race), Kate Sherman (1,500) and Anna Sherman (3,000) won the distance events for Mohonasen. The Mighty Warriors swept the top three places in the 1,500 and the top two places in the 3,000, for added measure. Mohonasen also won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, and Emily Racana took first place in the pole vault, with teammate Lena Calkins placing second.

Ahmad Praileau led Albany Academy with victories in the 55-meter dash, the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump. Jack Campito contributed a win in the triple jump, while Nick Graziano (1,600) and Vishal Hada (3,200) added victories in the distance races for the Cadets. Donald Jones won the pole vault. Continue reading “Indoor track: Four leagues host championship meets at University at Albany”

Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds

By ROB JONAS

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Brackets for the Section 2 boys basketball playoffs were revealed Wednesday, Feb. 13, and there were not many surprises.

Bethlehem (Class AA), Troy (Class A), Schalmont (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (Class D) were named the top seeds by the Section 2 committee. Of the five No. 1 seeds, only Schalmont (19-1) was a mild surprise, as the Sabres were chosen over Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (19-1), which has only an out-of-state loss this season. Schalmont suffered an 80-69 loss to Colonial Council rival LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 7, for its only setback of the season, but grabbed the top seed due to a better strength of schedule, according to boys basketball chairman Will Ferguson.

“They were so close that Schalmont’s [seeding] points were only slightly ahead on the sheet,” said Fergsuon. “Then, there was the schedule … the number of AA’s and A;s played vs. the B’ and C’s they played against each other. One of the other key factors was Schalmont knocked off Troy, which was the No. 1 seed for the A’s.” Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds”

Section 2 girls basketball playoffs: Shenendehowa, Averill Park, Tamarac, Cambridge and Fort Edward receive top seeds

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Section 2 announced its brackets for this year’s girls basketball tournament Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Shenendehowa (Class AA), Averill Park (Class A), Tamarac (Class B), Cambridge (Class C) and Fort Edward (Class D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective brackets. Shen, Averill Park and Fort Edward received byes into the quarterfinals.

Preliminary round games in Class B and C are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14. Opening round games in Class AA, Class A and Class D take place Friday, Feb. 15. Continue reading “Section 2 girls basketball playoffs: Shenendehowa, Averill Park, Tamarac, Cambridge and Fort Edward receive top seeds”