I got my first look at the Cambridge girls basketball team Wednesday night and it appears not much has changed from a year ago when the Indians earned the New York state Class C championship.
An almost identical roster, albeit a year older, playing with the familiar up tempo style that ultimately overwhelms opponents.
Last night Cambridge ran past Hoosic Valley 72-25, placing five players in doubles and they made it look easy.
The Indians from the north, ran out to a 9-0 start on six points from junior forward McKayla McLenithan and a wing three from junior guard Lily Phillips, while holding the Valley scoreless through the first four minutes.
But a baseline jumper from Sam Lanoue gave Hoosic Valley life and the Indians rattled off nine unanswered on a triple from Emaleigh Peckham and a pair of buckets from Anna Jensen and Ashlyn Chartier to draw even with 1:50 left in the period.
Cambridge closed the quarter with five straight on another 3-ball from Lily Phillips and two free throws from her sister Sophie, taking a 14-9 lead into the second.
Over the next eight minutes Cambridge was simply dominant, defensively forcing the Valley into committing more turnovers, (10), than points they would score, (9), while turning those giveaways into easy opportunities.
A Sophie longball got things started for Cambridge followed by a Fiona Mooney inside bucket off a nice find from Lily, and after a Chartier basket for the Valley, Cambridge outscored the Indians 25-6 over the remainder of the quarter.
The run was led by Lily Phillips who scored 11, and Ruth Nolan’s seven points on a runner, and a pair of jumpers, one from downtown, with Stasia Epler adding a trey as well, as Cambridge took a 44-17 lead into the halftime break in complete control.
The Valley needed a third period run to jump back into the game, but it never came as the Cambridge defense allowed just four points in the quarter, extending their advantage to 55-21 heading to the final frame with the decision already in hand.
Lily Phillips finished with 17 points to lead the Indians followed by McLenithan with 14, Mooney and Sophie Phillips with 11 each and Epler with 10 points as all five Cambridge starters reached double digits.
Lanoue and Jensen scored six points each to lead the Valley.
With the win Cambridge moves to 3-0 on the year and will travel to Hoosick Falls on Friday to face the Panthers.
Hoosic Valley slips to 4-2 with the loss and will look to get back on track Friday night when they host the Witches of Greenwich.