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”
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”
The Wasaren League girls soccer coaches named Stillwater’s Brooke Pickett the Offensive Player of the Year and Mechanicville’s Ryleigh Hopeck as Defensive Player of the Year when they revealed their all-star teams.
Pickett, a sophomore, led Section 2 in goals scored (52) as she helped Stillwater claim the Class C state title this season. Hopeck was part of a Mechanicville defensive unit that was one of the stingiest in the league.
The full list of Wasaren League girls soccer all-stars is as follows: Continue reading “Stillwater’s Brooke Pickett named Wasaren League girls soccer Offensive Player of the Year; all-star teams revealed”
Team: Hoosick Falls
Head coach: Ken Facin
Last year’s record: 12-11
Playoff result: Lost in Section 2 Class C semifinals
Returning starters: Lilllian Hickey (senior point guard), Logan Thayne (junior center), Olivia Brownell (senior guard)
Graduated: Eliza Whitman (forward), Noreen McAuliffe (forward)
Other returners: Madeline Walker (junior forward), Grace Wysocki (senior guard), Skye Haynes (senior guard), Lily Abbott (senior guard), Faith Adamczenko (senior guard), Molly Walker (sophomore forward)
Outlook for the season: Hoosick Falls has its two leading scorers back this season – Thayne, who averaged 20.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, and Hickey, who was also one of the top defenders on the team. Brownell is also an integral part of the defense with her ability to force turnovers and fight for rebounds.
“Experience should bode well in league play with this core nucleus that compliments each other very well,” said Facin.