The Girls Basketball Race

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The girls race for the Wasaren basketball title after five league games, has divided into a distinctive first and second tier with four teams in each.  At this point it would be surprising to see anyone in the second cluster of schools put together a legitimate run at the crown, but as we all know in sports, especially at the high school level anything can happen.

Hoosick Falls at 5-0 in league play sits on top of the standings and have only been challenged thus far by Hoosic Valley, who they got past 35-33.  Megan Flynn and Kelly Pine, a nice scoring tandem lead the most productive offense in the league.  A meeting with Tamarac this week may test the Falls

Cambridge at 4-1 has served notice that they’ll be a factor in the title race.  A nice win over Tamarac before the break opened eyes around the league.  They guard well holding opponents to 30 points a night, and score by committee with Helen Mooney at 9.5 leading the offense.  Games this week against Mechanicville and the Valley will tell us more about these Indians.

Tamarac also at 4-1, is a young squad that should continue to improve over the second half.  Emily Erickson and Hannah Kreiger combine for 20 points nightly, and both can shoot it from deep combining to knock down 24 3’s on the year.  The Bengals host Stillwater then travel to the Falls on Friday for an important run with the Panthers.

Hoosic Valley at 3-2 would be my dark horse in the race. Their ability to shut down opposing teams is impressive allowing just 27 points per outing.  Offensively it’s not uncommon for the Indians to put 8-10 players in the score book, with none breaking double figures.  Kate Kennelly averages just under eight to lead the attack, but this squads ability to guard is their bread and butter.  Games with Granville and Cambridge should push their mark to 5-2 on the first tour through league play.

Mechanicvile see’s their mark at 2-3 on the season with those “W’s” coming against Greenwich and Granville.  The Red Raiders have been solid defensively but have had trouble scoring the ball averaging just 37 points per, seventh in the league.  Sammy Pasinella and Julie Amedeo combine for 17 points nightly, and a pair of wins over Cambridge and Stillwater this week just might get them back into the race.

Stillwater also at 2-3 in league play, is currently riding a three game winning streak.  Abby Higgins leads all Wasaren players in scoring at 14.7 and Danika Svendsen adds 8.6 more for the Warriors.  When they play well the Warriors can be a tough out, we’ll see how tough this week with Tamarac and the Raiders on the schedule.

Greenwich continues to search for their first league victory at 0-5.  Scoring is not an issue for the Witches who average 44 points per contest and are capably led by Olivia Barnes, Isabelle Kuzmich, and Sabrina Whitehouse.  Defensively they allow 45 points seventh in the league in that category.

Granville is another squad yet to claim a league win at 0-5.  Alexis Smith has shot well from deep with 22 3’s on the season, and scores just over 10 points nightly.  Granville opened the season with three straight non league victories, but has struggled since.  A match up with Greenwich this week guarantees  the Golden Horde or the Witches, that much needed first “W”.

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