Two Wasaren girls teams were still standing as regional finals got underway on Saturday in all classifications. Both Cambridge and Mechanicville after hours on the road stepped on the floor in Class C and B runs, one win away from the state final four next weekend.
Both squads were tested and played well with Cambridge taking the next step with a 60-47 win over Moriah in the C’s while Mechanicville lost a heart-breaker, 58-57 to Canton in Class B.
Cambridge 60 Moriah 47
Leading Scorers: Indians – Lily Phillips 22 Sophie Phillips 18 Stasia Epler 11 Vikings – McKenzie Sprague 19 Noel Williams 11 Madison Olcott 11
Basketball being a sport of runs, you hope to have more than your opponent and preferably the last one of the contest. Check and checkmate for Cambridge as they opened the game on a 12-0 run, used a Lily Phillips 10-0 spurt in the third period, and closed the game with a mini, but important 6-0 stretch to post the “W” and move on to the final four at HVCC in Troy on Friday at 3:15 where they’ll meet Maple Grove.
The Indians held a 26-17 halftime lead and a 43-31 advantage after three, but Moriah trimmed the deficit to 54-47 with 1:38 remaining, before a Sophie bucket and four free throws assured Cambridge’s second straight final four appearance.
Canton 58 Mechanicville 57
Leading Scorers: Golden Bears – L. Huiatti 12 E. Wentworth 12 Red Raiders – Charli Goverski 21 AJ Joseph 13 Amy DiSiena 10 Jada Brown 9
The Raiders won each of the first three quarters building a 26-18 lead at the break and held a 46-33 cushion after the third frame, but Canton responded with a 25-11 fourth to capture the one point victory.
The Golden Bears enjoyed a big advantage from the free throw line converting on 21 of 31 attempts while Mechanicville was 9 of 19 from the stripe.
The Raiders finish their outstanding season at 17-8 including a Section II title and a compelling run through the post season. Congratulations to Coach Goverski and the players on a special year.