For decades the Wasaren has had the reputation of a highly skilled and competitive small school conference. Throw the records out, and on any given night… Well Friday was one of those nights on the boys side with every game essentially going down to the wire.
As tight as the boys results were, not so much for the girls games as all four were decided by wide margins. Here’s a closer look.
Hoosick Falls 40 Stillwater 39: In a game between first and second place squads that didn’t disappoint, the Panthers posted the “W” in a run that was close throughout.
With 6:00 remaining a Jared D’Aloia triple gave the Warriors a 29-25 lead, but a 9-0 Panther spurt over the next four minutes highlighted by five Evan McCart points gave the Falls a 34-29 advantage with 1:42 left.
Free throws down the stretch from McCart and Guy Milliman kept the Warriors at bay, but a D’Aloia layup with :07 left cut the lead to 39-36.
After Alex Haynes made one of two from the line, a D’Aloia 3-pointer at the buzzer gave us the final tally and the well earned victory to the Falls.
Haynes led the Panther attack with 10 points, with McCart adding nine.
D’Aloia finished with 28 points, including four makes from deep, to lead Stillwater.
Greenwich 57 Waterford 55 OT: In another back and forth battle, Bailey Winch drilled a triple at the buzzer in overtime to give Greenwich the win over the Fordians of Waterford.
Tied 26-26 at the half, neither squad could separate over the final two periods setting up and extra session and Winch’s overtime heroics.
Winch led all scorers on the night with 20 points, and Brendan Stout with 16 points, and Carson Mosher 14 points rounded out the Greenwich trio in doubles.
Kyle Fairclough with 21 points and Bobby Valigorsky with 17 points paced the Fordian attack.
Hoosic Valley 44 Tamarac 40: After jumping out to a 21-10 advantage after one, the Valley saw it’s lead vanish over the middle two periods and trailed 37-33 entering the final eight minutes. But the Indians used an 11-3 final quarter to post the come from behind “W” over the Bengals.
Michael Schoonmaker led the Valley scoring 17 points, with Tom Madigan adding eight for the Indians who drilled six triples in the contest.
Nate Nolan with 13 points, and Sam Griffen with 12 led Tamarac.
Mechanicville 55 Saratoga Catholic 54: The Red Raiders took a 39-35 lead to the fourth quarter and held off the Saints for the narrow victory.
Reggie McCann scored 15 points and Zack Hansen added 12 points to pace the Raiders.
Connor Farrington with 19 points and Tyler Haraden with 15 points led the Saints offense.
Tamarac 39 Hoosic Valley: In the marquee girls run of the night, Tamarac used a strong first half to take 24-9 at the break, and held off the Valley over the final two periods to notch the “W”.
Emily Erickson scored 13 points, and Renna Poulin added 10 to lead the Bengals who bottomed six 3’s on the night.
Becky Keasbey scored nine points to lead the Valley offense.
Greenwich 77 Waterford 15: Greenwich decided this one quickly jumping out to a 30-5 lead after eight minutes of play, and coasted to the easy victory over Waterford.
Sabrina Whitehouse with 19 points, Molly Brophy 15 points, and Gabbie Wiss with 10 points led the Witches onslaught.
Hoosick Falls 54 Stillwater 24: Hoosick Falls won every quarter in notching the comfortable win over the Warriors. With the win the Panthers keep pace with Tamarac, sharing the top spot in the league standings with the Bengals.
Kelly Pine scored 18 points, and teammates Lizza Ryan and Eliza Whitman score 11 points each to lead the Falls.
Danika Svendsen with 13 points led the Warrior attack.
Mechanicville 72 Saratoga Catholic 46: The Red Raider offense was on full display hanging a pair of 23 point quarters on the board to start each half, and Mechanicville rolled to the road victory over the Saints.
Charli Goverski with 23 points and Sammy Pasinella with 21 points led the Raiders who connected on six makes from deep in the contest.
Emma VanDeCar scored 19 points and Kristen Mahar added 15 points to lead Spa Catholic.