The Section II Basketball Tournament began two weeks ago with 15 Wasaren squads particpiating, all in pursuit of a sectional title. With the tournament in it’s semifinal round the number of league teams has dwindled to three.
The Cambridge girls in Class C, and the Hoosick Falls and Hoosic Valley girls in Class B will play over the next two nights, all knowing that a win secures them a spot in a sectional final on Saturday.
Tonight @ Cohoes 6 p.m.
Cambridge vs. Meekel Christian Academy: Meekel Christian comes in with a 19-3 mark including a pair of sectional wins over Hadley Luzerne 57-27, and Greenwich 62-31. The Lions average 48.3 points per, have made 128 three pointers, and convert on 52% of their free throws.
Rebekkah Dean at 15.0 points, Jessie Snow 11.7, and Elizabeth Singleton at 11.1 points per game lead the Loins offensively.
Cambridge fresh off sectional “W”s” over Rensselaer 54-28, and Berne-Knox 45-33 own a 15-7 record for the season. The Indians score 42.4 nightly and allow 34 points defensively. They have made 30 three’s for the year, and shoot 43% from the charity stripe.
Cambridge is led in scoring by Helen Mooney at 10.3, Olivia Mooney 6.7, and Lynn Brownell at 6.4 points per.
Two of Meekel’s three losses have come against two Wasaren squads in Tamarac and Hoosic Valley, their third was a 60-42 defeat at the hands of Berne-Knox who Cambridge defeated in the quarterfinal round.
If the Indians can slow down the 3-ball attack of the Lions, and make their free throws down the stretch, I like Cambridge in the upset here.
Hoosick Falls vs. Voorheesville @ Averill Park 7:30 p.m. : The Blackbirds come in at 17-4 with sectional victories over Johnstown 64-29, and Hudson 57-48. They score just under 50 points per game, have bottomed 106 triples, and shoot 58% from the stripe.
Rachel Blow averages 12.0 points nightly, and Rachael Bogdany adds 8.8 to the Voorheesville attack.
Hoosick Falls at 20-2 on the year, has made short work of their sectional opponents besting Broadalbin-Perth 61-22, and Stillwater 63-26. The Panthers score 50.2 per contest and allow 34.5 points at the other end of the floor. They’ve made 69 threes, and have converted on 61.4% of their free throws to date.
Megan Flynn and Kelly Pine combine to score 27 points per, leading the potent Falls offense.
Both teams come in hot with Voorheesville winners in 7 of their last 8, while the Panthers ride an eight game winning streak. Nothing comes easily at this point of sectional play and the Falls will be tested here, but look for the Panthers to punch their ticket to the finals on Saturday.
Hoosic Valley vs. Glens Falls @ Averill Park @ 6 p.m.: Glens Falls enters at 16-3 on the season, with wins over Bishop Gibbons 57-29, and Cohoes 48-37 in their two sectional runs. The Indians average 50.4 nightly, have made 72 long balls, and shoot 48% from the foul line.
The Tougas sisters, Sophie and Lucy combine for 31 points per, pacing the Glens Falls attack.
Hoosic Valley winners of 15 straight come in at 19-2 with sectional victories over Catskill 61-27, and Tamarac 59-46. The Valley scores 46 points per game, while allowing just 29.7 points defensively. They have made 42 triples this season, and shoot 59% from the stripe.
The Indians score by committee with Kate Kennelly’s 6.7 points per game leading the offense.
Glens Falls comes out of the Foothills Conference where they’ve seen quality opponents on a nightly basis, none however that guard like the Valley. Hoosic Valley has averaged 60 points in their two sectional wins, and if they put 60 on the board Wednesday night, they’ll play this weekend for another sectional title.