Sectional Hoops; Four Wasaren Squads Advance to the Finals

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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.

Boys

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.

 

Girls

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.

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