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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 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”