With the last week of the regular season upon us there’s a girls team in the Wasaren that has quietly gone about their business and put together a nice campaign. While traditional powers Tamarac, Hoosic Valley, and Hoosick Falls fill the first three slots in the league standings the Red Raiders of Mechanicville sit in fourth place with an impressive 10-4 league mark.
The Raiders, winners in their last four outings, score the basketball at just under 57 points nightly with 30% of the damage coming from beyond the arc. Mechanicville has bottomed 100 triples on the season, good for fourth place among Section II squads, just three makes behind front running Mekeel Christian Academy.
Presently four Raiders have drilled 10 or more makes from distance led by sophomore Taylor Grayson with 30, followed by junior Sammy Pasinella with 26, freshman Charli Goverski with 17, and senior Amanda Kenyon with 10. Soon to join the double figure club will be Madison Harrington, presently with nine 3’s, showing that almost everyone on the team has the green light from downtown.
There’s a nice balance in overall scoring as well for head coach Blane Goverski’s squad. Pasinella lead’s the way scoring 14.4 points per, with Julia Amedeo at 9.7, Goverski and Grayson at 8.8, and Kenyon at 7.8 points nightly.
The Raiders also get it done from the other scoring line, converting on 66% of their free throw attempts.
They allow opponents 46 points per contest which coupled with their ability to score has given Mechanicville the opportunity to post a W” on most nights.
In this final week of Wasaren play the Raiders will have the chance to avenge two of their four league defeats. Back in January Mechanicville dropped back to back games to Hoosic Valley by 11, and Hoosick Falls by 12. Tonight Mechanicville hosts the Valley and on Friday night the Raiders travel to the Falls to face the Panthers.
Two tough runs to be sure, but give Mechanicville more than a puncher’s chance in both. The Raiders have been a dangerous squad all year, and I’d expect nothing less from them as they wrap up the regular season and look forward the Section II tournament on the horizon.