It was quite a weekend for the Wasaren with four schools vying for sectional titles. On Friday night it was an all league affair in the Class C girls final in Troy between Cambridge and Hoosick Falls, while in Glens Falls the Hoosick Falls boys faced Lake George in the Class C title game. Saturday morning the Red Raiders of Mechanicville carried the league’s torch into the Class B girls championship game with Fonda at HVCC in Troy
When the smoke cleared Cambridge and Mechanicville wore the crowns but all four squads represented. Each team well prepared for post season play after enduring the gauntlet of the Wasaren schedule.
How about the effort from both Hoosick Falls teams.
The girls, facing #1 seeded Cambridge, a team that pinned a 58-33 loss on the Panthers in early January, led for much of the game including 29-24 at the half and 40-37 after three periods. The game was tied at 51-51 with 1:00 remaining before Cambridge closed things out. I’m sure Coach Facin before the game would have signed for being tied with a minute left. Big time effort by the Panthers.
The boys squared off with #1 seeded and defending state champions Lake George who carried a 51 game winning streak and had beaten the Falls 55-30 in late January. The Falls trailed the Warriors 4-2 early, and didn’t trail again until late in the fourth at 45-43. The Panthers had a possession to tie or take the lead with seconds remaining, before falling 48-45. Outstanding effort.
Both Hoosick Falls teams prepared well, and when the ball went up executed the game plan giving themselves the opportunity to win against quality opponents. Great years for both Panther squads.
Cambridge, so good in so many ways is better after Friday nights game with the Falls. They added to their arsenal the ability to step to the line and knock down free throws to close out a game. Something they hadn’t been challenged to do this season in winning 21 of 22, but having done it the sectional championship gives them confidence going forward.
Hats off to Coach Phillips and his Indians on the adjustments they’ve made playing without starting forward Fiona Mooney for a few weeks. Still rolling after losing a big contributor speaks to the skill level of this young Cambridge squad.
Mechanicville uses a big third quarter to earn their first girls basketball sectional title since 1989. A 17-0 run that started late in the second period and extended into the third frame personifies the Raiders at their best.
They have the ability to make stops which fuels their transition game, allowing them to put points on the board in a hurry. Coach Goverski’s group settled down and played with poise after the break, and as I’ve said all year when they do that, they can beat anyone.
All the best to the Raiders and Indians as they move into regional play this week.