By ROB JONAS
SCHENECTADY – There are summer girls basketball leagues dotting the Section 2 landscape, but only one attracts players from well beyond the 5-1-8.
The Empire State Takeover League started its fifth season Wednesday, June 26, at Union College with eight teams playing two games apiece. Players from as far away as central New York, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont gathered inside the Viniar Athletic Center to kick off six weeks of summer basketball.
“This is a very competitive league,” said Amanda Mieczkowski, a rising senior from Northampton, Mass., who is playing her second year in the ESTL. “It’s a combination of girls from New York that I’ve come to know, and it’s also very chill.” Continue reading “Top talent travels to Union College for Empire State Takeover league”
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”
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”
Defense was the name of the game Friday, Dec. 21, as Whitehall defeated Saratoga Central Catholic 34-24 in a non-league girls basketball contest.
After a sluggish first quarter, Whitehall outscored Saratoga Catholic 13-7 in the second quarter to grab the lead. Both teams continued to struggle getting shots to fall in the second half, but the Railroaders pulled away at the end for the 10-point victory.
Kyrie Smith led Whitehall (3-4) with a season-high nine points, while Jessica Moore contributed eight points. Lauren Mahar netted eight points for Saratoga Catholic (2-7). Continue reading “Whitehall girls basketball defeats Saratoga Central Catholic in defensive battle”
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.
Faith Ingber’s second-half goal lifted Greenwich to a 2-1 victory over Hoosick Falls in a Wasaren League girls soccer game Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Olivia Brownell’s goal in the second half tied the score at 1-1 before Ingber tallied off a Cate Abate assist to put Greenwich ahead again. Abate put the Witches on the scoreboard in the first half off a feed from Ingber.
Greenwich goalkeeper Faith Hewitt made seven saves, while Hoosick Falls netminders Logan Thayne and Maddy Yeung stopped a combined total of eight shots.