The girls take center stage tonight in the Section II basketball tournament with a full slate of games in the Round of 16 in the B and C classifications. Seven Wasaren squads will compete and in all but one of the games they’re the higher seed playing on their home floor.
Can the Wasaren teams sweep tonight? That’s a lot to ask but here’s a quick look at why they just might.
#16 Canajoharie @ #1 Cambridge: Canjo squeaked past Spa Catholic 48-44 on Thursday in a play-in game. Congrats, your reward will be a trip to Cambridge and a demolition at the hands of the Indians who are coming off a victory in the Wasaren championship game over Tamarac. Cambridge hasn’t played all week and will take it out on Canajoharie.
#15 Schoharie @ #2 Hoosic Valley: Schoharie does have 10 wins including a 74-25 blowout of Galway in their play-in game on Thursday. But Greenwich handed the Indians a 37 point loss earlier this season, and the Indians playing in the friendly confines of the Schaghticoke venue should have no trouble here.
#10 Middleburgh @ #7 Hoosick Falls: The Knights enter with a 13-7 record out of the Western Athletic Conference while Hoosick Falls comes in with an 11-9 mark. Middleburgh senior guard Kelsey Terrell scores 21 points per and the Knights have connected on 103 triples this year. But the Falls plays in a better conference and has a bigtime scorer of their own in junior center Logan Thayne averaging 23.7 nightly. It may be tight, but I like the Falls on their home floor to post the “W”.
#9 Duanesburg @ #9 Greenwich: A pair of 12-8 squads with Duanesburg yet another team from the WAC. Freshman guard Madison Meyer at 20.3 and sophomore guard Allison O’Hanlon at 12.5 lead the Eagles offensively, both featuring the longball with a combined 77 makes from deep. Sophomore guard Molly Brophy scores it at 23.5 per and sophomore forward Tess Merrill adds 8.5 points for the Witches. Greenwich will need to limit the perimeter game of the Eagles and get a big game from Brophy to advance.
#14 Stillwater @ #3 Maple Hill: On paper it looks to be a tough night for Stillwater as they travel to Maple Hill to face a 19-1 Wildcats team. Maple Hill doesn’t have a single player averaging double figures with guard Stasia Coyne leading their attack averaging 9.0 per game. The Wildcats have scored almost a third of their points from beyond the arc, bottoming 109 triples this year. Stillwater has had trouble scoring this season averaging 37 points per contest, led by Marley Mueller at 12.7. If the game stays in the low 40’s the Warriors may have a shot at the upset.
#17 Broadalbin-Perth @ #1 Tamarac: B-P enters from the Foothills with a 5-14 and they can’t score averaging 34.5 per game. Tamarac with a 14-4 mark from the Wasaren can, averaging 53 points nightly. Makenzie Smith paces Perth averaging 15.3 while Emily Erickson leads the Bengals at 20.6 points per game. The Bengals will try to take away Smith and make someone else beat them. Should be no trouble for the home squad. Tamarac moves on.
#18 Glens Falls @ #2 Mechanicville: Glens Falls from the Foothills Council comes in at 7-14, fresh off a play-in win over Greenville Thursday night. They score it at 42 points nightly and allow 54 defensively. Felicity Williams at 11.3 and Anna Bayle at 10.9 lead the Falls offensively. The Red Raiders at 13-7 score 53 points per and give up 43 defensively. Junior guard Charli Goverski leads the Raider attack at 14.4 points per with Sophomore forward Amy DiSiena adding 10.1 nightly. Mechanicville, who can play with anybody, posts the home “W” here.