An all-Wasaren affair for the girls Class C crown turned into a classic Friday night in Troy, with Hoosick Falls forcing Cambridge to do something they had little need for all season. Come from behind.
Trailing through much of the contest the Indians caught the Falls midway through the final period and outscored the Panthers 5-0 over the final minute of play to post the 55-49 “W” to capture their second straight Section II championship.
Hoosick Falls led 29-24 at the break and held a 40-37 advantage after three setting up the decisive final period.
On the night, the Panthers harassed the Indians into 2 of 12 shooting from behind the arc while connecting on 6 of 19 themselves with senior guard Lillian Hickey drilling 4 of 8 from deep for the Falls.
But one of Cambridge’s made triples was huge, coming at the 3:20 mark of the fourth when sophomore guard Ruth Nolan hit bottom giving the Indians a 45-44 lead.
Cambridge extended their advantage to 49-44 but the Panthers quickly answered with a Grace Wysocki triple and a putback by Logan Thayne, knotting things at 49-49 with 1:05 remaining.
Down the stretch the Indians were simply clutch from the free throw line as four players combined for 6 of 8, part of a 15 of 21 night from the stripe, to close things out and earn the Class C crown.
Thayne paced the Falls attack with 18 points and Hickey added 14 for the Panthers who finish a fine season with a 14-10 mark.
Tournament MVP Sophie Phillips scored a game-high 26 points to lead Cambridge who moves to 21-1 on the year and advances to a regional semifinal at Shenendehowa on Tuesday at 6 p.m. where they’ll face Section X champion Madrid-Waddingtoin.