Five league teams took the floor Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Section II basketball tournament, all needing one more victory to play in the title game. Four of the five earned their semifinal “W” as the Hoosick Falls boys, and the girls from Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville all posted double digit wins, and will play for sectional championships on the weekend.
Hoosick Falls 56 Maple Hill 38
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Jon Kempf 26 Max Kipp 12 Isiah Burnett 12 Wildcats – Nate Mannion 11
Key Stat: The Falls held Maple Hill to single numbers in each of the first three quarters and gradually pulled away leading 27-15 at the half and 39-24 after three periods. The Panthers put three players in doubles, and converted on 18 of 22 from the foul line to run their season mark to 21-1. They’ll face #1 seed and undefeated Lake George in the Class C title game on Friday at the Cool Insuring Arena at 5:30 p.m.
Cambridge 64 Warrensburg 49
Leading Scorers: Indians – Sophie Phillips 20 Lily Phillips 13 Stasia Epler 11 Ruth Nolan 10 Burghers – Megan Hughes 18 Abigail Ranous 11
Key Stat: A 10 minute avalanche to end the first half of play gave the Indians complete control. Trailing 13-4 with 2:00 remaining in the first, Cambridge went on a 32-5 run fueled by their transition game and highlighted by four straight triples to start the second period, two each from Sophie Phillips and Ruth Nolan. The Indians (20-1) will play Hoosick Falls on Friday at 7:45 p.m. at HVCC for the Class C championship.
Hoosick Falls 39 Maple Hill 28
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Logan Thayne 17 Lillian Hockey 9 Wildcats Lydia Chittenden 10
Key Stat: The Panthers (14-9), dominated off the glass, holding a 38-18 rebounding margin and held the Wildcats to just 9 of 54 shooting from the floor, in advancing to the title game with Cambridge.
Mechanicville 62 Mekeel Christian 38
Leading Scorers: Red Raiders – Amy DiSiena 16 Jada Brown 12 Charli Goverski 12 AJ Joseph 12 Mekeel – Avery Mills 13 Jillian Ballard 11
Key Stat: The Raiders won every quarter, and opened things up with a 35-14 advantage over the middle two frames. The Raiders (15-7), for the second straight game place four players in doubles, and will move on to face Fonda on Saturday at 11 p.m. at HVCC in the Class B championship run.
Fonda 52 Tamarac 41
Leading Scorers: Braves – Abby Lombardoni 28 Carly Atty 11 Bengals – Syrita Faraj 12
Key Stat: Fonda used a 22-11 second period, and knocked down 10 triples to post the semifinal victory. Tamarac closes out a fine season at 17-5. The #13 seeded Braves move on to the Class B title game with Mechanicville.