Longtime rivals Hoosick Falls and Hoosic Valley will get together tonight at a pair of venues with plenty on the line for both the girls and boys squads. The girls run will play out in Schaghticoke while the boys take the floor in Hoosick Falls and the atmosphere at both will say it’s more than just another Friday night.
The two schools for decades have brought the best out of each other when they face off and tonight promises to be one more chapter in this storied rivalry.
The Hoosick Fall boys come in at 13-0 in Wasaren play, and their last loss to a New York school was on New Year’s Eve to undefeated Glens Falls. They score 59.3 points per contest and allow 46. The Panthers like the 3-ball, bottoming 115 thus far, and they shoot a gaudy 69% from the charity stripe.
The Falls balanced attack features four double digit scorers. Guy Milliman at 13.8, Alex Haynes 11.6, Evan McCart 11.1, and Jon Kempf at 10.2 give the Panthers offense depth and versatility.
Hoosic Valley enters at 10-2 in the league, winners in 9 of their last 11 outings. The Indians win close, scoring 45 points per, while allowing 44.2 to their opponents. The Valley has knocked down 52 triples and shoots 52% from the foul line.
Senior Isaac Sanchez leads the Valley in scoring at 13.7 per game, and senior Mike Schoonmaker adds 10 more points to the Valley attack.
The two squads played back on December 20th with the Falls prevailing 66-55, using a 20-11 third period to take control.
The Hoosick Falls girls boast a 11-2 mark in the league, winners in 7 of their last 8. They score well at 53.8 nightly and allow 37.8 defensively. They’ve hit 72 times from long range and shoot 60% from the stripe.
Seniors Kelly Pine and Lizza Ryan lead the Panther offense scoring 16.2 and 9.8 points respectively.
Hoosic Valley comes in with a league record of 10-2, winners in 6 of their last 7 runs. They score 44 points per ( 52.6 over their last 7 games), and allow just 32.4 points to their opponents. The Valley has converted on 51 3-pointers, and shoot a solid 62% from the foul line.
Senior Cami Hren averages 10 points per game to lead the Indians attack with Becky Keasbey and Alex Rifenburg also showing the ability to put points on the board as well for the Valley.
On their December 20th meeting defense was the theme to say the least. The Valley led 2-1 after the first period, with the Falls taking a 12-3 advantage into the halftime break. In the end Hoosic Valley used a 15-8 final period to come away with the 29-27 decision.
With Tamarac leading the girls race with a 12-1 mark and three games remaining, both the Panthers and Indians need a “W” tonight to stay in the hunt.
While the Falls boys have a comfortable lead over the Valley and Stillwater in the standings the Indians would like nothing more than to go into Hoosick Falls and hand the Panthers their first league loss of the season.
After highlighting the numbers for all the teams involved we now can go ahead and put those to the side. Having watched many and played in a few of these games the numbers don’t really matter when the Blue and White squads get together. Regardless of points per game or win/loss marks, more times than not the runs are tough, competitive, and well played often times decided in the closing minutes.
Here’s hoping for two more of those tonight.