Girls Basketball Roundup; Indians, Witches Cruise


Cambridge 52  Stillwater 27

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Lilly Phillips 15      Stasia Epler 12      Sophie Phillips 10         Warriors – Molly Sheehan 6      Brooke Pickett 6      Trinity Cutler 6

The Indians jumped out to a 27-5 lead after the first period, and coasted to their 10th win in as many outings. Cambridge drilled six triples, and defensively shut down the Warriors holding their guests to single digits in every quarter.


Greenwich 70  Spa Catholic 22

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 19      Adrianna Rojas 17      Tess Merrill 10     Saints – Katie Cronin 5

Greenwich (9-2), held the Saints to single numbers in three of the four frames, and put nine players in the scoring column in posting the one-sided decision over Spa Catholic.



Mechanicville Wins Close Over the Valley


On Wednesday night in Schaghticoke, all in attendance watched a competitive, back and forth run between a pair of teams in Hoosic Valley and Mechanicville who both showed  high levels of compete.  While at time there seemed to be as many turnovers as points, that was a direct result of the “want to” on the defensive end by both squads.

The game produced six ties and seven lead changes, and in the end the visiting Raiders came away with a well earned 42-39 victory over the Indians.

Midway through the first with the game tied at 7-7 Mechanicville put together a 7-0 run to finish the quarter.  Charli Goverski connected on a drive to the cup, followed by a Jada Brown steal and score, and Goverski finished the period, drilling a corner three off an in bounds play as time expired with Mechanicville holding a 14-7 cushion.

Midway through the second quarter, the Valley took their first lead of the night on a Casey Bugbee triple giving the Indians an 18-16 advantage.

The two teams exchanged the lead three time before quarter’s end, when the Indians senior point guard Sam Lanoue used a double kiss off the glass, to get her deep three-ball to go with the clock showing all zeroes, sending the teams to the break, the Valley holding a 23-21 edge.

Mechanicville scored the first points of the third at the 6:00 mark on a Goverski drive to the bucket, tying things at 23-23.

A Lanoue triple pushed the Indians back in front, before the Raiders took the lead on an AJ Joseph score and a Goverski steal and lay-in.

Mechanicville extended their cushion to 33-26 by the end of the period with Chloe Goverski ending the frame, on deep triple in front of the Raider bench.

Hoosic Valley trimmed the lead to 34-29 on a bucket and one by Sami Dickinson with 6:30 remaining, but on the ensuing possession Charli Goverski buried a trey as Mechanicville maintained the eight point spread at 37-29.

With 2:40 left and the Indians trailing 40-31 Anna Jensen scored on a drive to the rack, followed by a pair of Lanoue free throws at the 2:04 mark, cutting the Raider lead to 40-35.

An inside bucket with half a minute to play by Dickinson drew the Valley to within five at 42-37, and as the Raiders attempted to play keep away, Indians freshman guard Lili Czub jumped the passing lane for a steal and score with ten ticks left.

The Valley fouled on the Mechanicville in bounds pass sending Amy DiSiena to the line for two and when both shots were off the mark, the Indians used their final timeout with :09 left looking for a game-tying three.

But it was not to be as a Jensen jumper caromed the iron and Brown secured the rebound to close things out for the Raider “W”.

Dickinson finished with 13 points on the night with Lanoue adding a dozen for the Indians who with the loss slip to 6-5 on the season.

Mechanicville was led by Charli Goverski with a game-high 18 points as the Red Raiders  improve to 8-3 with the victory.



Boys Basketball; Panthers Top Fordians


Hoosick Falls 76  Waterford 57

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Jon Kempf 24      Tristan Williams 22      Max Kipp 12     Fordians – Michael Talavera 27

The Falls held a 34-18 advantage at the half with Williams scoring 18 points to lead the way. After the break Kempf took charge hitting for 22 of his 24 points in the Panthers 55th straight Wasaren victory.


Spa Catholic 83  Greenwich 65

Leading Scorers:  Saints –  Anthony Barile 32      Robbie Bolen 20      Jordan Catone 19  Witches – Alex Curtis 20

A 25-9 first frame by the Saints set the tone as Spa Catholic played with a working margin throughout, in posting the “W” over Greenwich.  The Saints bottomed 13 triples in the game with the high-scoring Barile connecting on six.


Stillwater 47  Cambridge 42

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – CJ McNeil 15     James Galarneau 11         Indians – Jeffrey Burke 13      Soyer Matteson 12

The Warriors built a 37-26 lead after three periods and held off the Indians for the victory.  Stillwater enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line converting on 13 of 24 chances while Cambridge was just I of 2 from the stripe.

Mechanicville Rolls Past Indians


After a competitive first half of play Tuesday night in Mechanicville the homestanding Red Raiders put together a dominant third period on both sides of the ball, outscoring Hoosic Valley 26-8 in the frame, and cruised from there to the 65-37 victory.

The Raiders held a 14-8 advantage after one, with senior guard Tyler Dion netting eight points to lead Mechanicville.

The two squads played evenly throughout much of the second quarter that saw the Indians Ethan Caiazza working the offensive glass to score six in the frame, while Josh Germain with five points and sophomore Tyler Eiseman with four points led the Raiders who took a 28-21 lead into the break.

The Valley started the third, finding freshman Logan Reilly on a backside lob, but the Indians would score just three points over the next 4:30 as Mechanicville took control.

Dion started things with a nice move in the paint, followed by a pair of dribble-drives from Germain that gave the Raiders their first double digit lead at 34-23.

After a Nick Santiago triple stemmed the tide briefly for Hoosic Valley, the Raiders Anthony Attala connected on two free throws, Luciano D’Ambro scored inside, and Dion followed with a deuce off a nice find from Devin Garland expanding the Mechanicville lead to 40-26.

An Attala score off an in-bounds play at the 3:30 mark finished a Raider run of 16-5 to start the period, and after three Valley free throws Mechanicville closed the stanza with 10 unanswered, the final points off a transition bucket by Garland on a good look from Kyle Johnson who had freed himself with a wrap-around dribble before dishing to his teammate.

In the fourth both squads went deep into their bench with the reserves getting plenty of run to close things out.

Caiazza with 11 points led the Hoosic Valley on the night as the Indians with the loss  slips to 4-4 on the year.

Dion with 16  points and Germain with 10 led the Raiders who improve to 9-1 on the season.



Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

73_greenwichCongratulations to Greenwich boys basketball player Jesse Kuzmich on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

On Tuesday night at Hoosick Falls the sophomore guard poured in 30 points, including four 3-pointers in the Witches 78-61 loss to the Panthers.

Kuzmich followed that up at home on Friday night versus Mechanicville, with a 33 point effort, bottoming five from beyond the arc.

Congratulations to Jesse, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

The Impact of the 3-Ball


At halftime of the JV game Friday night in Hoosic Valley I walked over to the scorer’s table to see a friend and former teammate from back in the day at the Valley.  The first thing John said to me was., “Has this game changed much or what?”.  And I knew exactly what he meant.

We’d just watched a half of basketball where both teams time and again pulled up from three point land, and this was a JV game.

When we played in the late 70’s there was no three point line and the importance of taking a quality shot was stressed.  Take one bad shot and you heard about, take another and you were coming out of the game. Not saying it was right or wrong, just saying that’s the way it was.

But since the addition of the three point line back in 1988, an open look from beyond the arc has become a good look for many.  Sure, it depends on time, and score, and who’s letting it go, but the analytics say it’s something all teams should embrace, and most have, over the course of two decades of playing with the arc.

I crunched some numbers over the weekend looking at the top five girls and boys teams in both the Wasaren and Section II, regarding made three pointers .  After finding what each of the teams averaged in scoring, I set up three categories for each team looking at made threes per game, the percentage of a teams total points scored on threes, and the teams won/loss record.

Girls – Wasaren

Team                            Made threes/game           % of total points from 3’s                record

Cambridge                             8.7                                           39%                                     9-0

Stillwater                               3.5                                           26%                                     3-8

Hoosic Valley                        3.5                                            23%                                     6-4

Greenwich                             3.1                                            16%                                    8-2

Mechanicville                        3.1                                            16%                                    7-3

Section II

Shenendahowa                     9.3                                             35%                                   9-0

Cambridge                             8.7                                             39%                                   9-0

Guilderland                           6.8                                             36%                                   3-8

Mekeel Christian                   7.3                                             37%                                    9-1

Mayfield                                5.9                                             36%                                  5-6



Hoosic Valley                         8.1                                             42%                                   4-3

Spa Catholic                           7.8                                             36%                                   5-4

Greenwich                              7.3                                             41%                                   4-4

Tamarac                                 4.6                                              26%                                   1-9

Hoosick Falls                          4.5                                             13.5%                                 9-1


Section II

Argyle                                     11.6                                           44%                                   10-1

Niskayuna                               9.0                                             51%                                    7-3

Schoharie                                8.8                                             41%                                    6-4

Fonda                                      9.6                                              48%                                   8-1

Ballston Spa                            8.8                                              46%                                    3-6

What stands out to me is the percentage of total points scored on three point shots for the top five teams in Section II.

All of the girls teams are scoring between 35-39% of their total points on triples with Cambridge leading the pack at 39%.

The top five boys squads in the section rely even more so on the long ball with a range of 41-51% of their points coming from beyond the arc.  Those percentages are higher than I would have guessed.

In terms of won-loss records, while you can find an outlier in each category, 15 of the 20 teams listed have winning records.

While everyone knows you can make numbers say almost anything you’d like, we all realize that the three-pointer and the ability to shoot it well, and limit it defensively, is a huge part of today’s high school game.

I personally like the 3-ball when used effectively, just like any other strategy in basketball. It adds excitement to the game and would have been fun to have played with back in the day.

But exciting or not, miss a couple of off balance shots from beyond the arc, and that scorer’s horn is for me, as I go and sit next to Coach Wilsey and am reminded, in no uncertain terms, what a quality shot is supposed to look like.











Blazing Five


A look at the top five players and teams in selected offensive categories.




Cambridge              9-0

Greenwich              8-2

Mechanicville          7-3

Hoosic Valley          6-4

Hoosick Falls           4-4

Spa Catholic            3-6

Tamarac                  3-7

Stillwater                 3-8

Berlin/New Leb        1-7


Individual Scoring

Logan Thayne        Hoosick Falls         22.9

Molly Brophy          Greenwich            20.7

Sophie Phillips       Cambridge            19.7

Marley Mueller       Stillwater              19.0

Lilly Phillips             Cambridge            15.9


Team Scoring

Cambridge        66.6

Greenwich       59.0

Mechanicville    57.1

Tamarac            50.7

Hoosick Falls     46.0


Made Threes – Individual

Sophie Phillips          Cambridge          33

Lilly Phillips                Cambridge          18

Molly Sheehan           Stillwater            16

Nora Niesz                  Greenwich          14

Emaleigh Peckham      Hoosic Valley     14


Made Threes – Team

Cambridge          78

Stillwater             38

Hoosic Valley      35

Greenwich           31

Mechanicville      31




Hoosick Falls             9-1

Mechanicville             8-1

Waterford                  8-1

Spa Catholic               5-4

Hoosic Valley             4-3

Greenwich                 4-4

Stillwater                   4-7

Cambridge                 2-5

Berlin/New Leb          2-6

Tamarac                    1-9


Individual Scoring

Jon Kempf                 Hoosick Falls        31.5

Michael Talavera        Waterford             23.6

Jesse Kuzmich           Greenwich            21.4

TJ Kelley                    Waterford             17.9

Logan Reilly               Hoosic Valley        17.6


Team Scoring

Hoosick Falls            69.6

Waterford                 68.1

Spa Catholic              65.6

Hoosic Valley            58.3

Stillwater                  56.9



Made Threes – Individual

CJ Bassett             Hoosic Valley           25

Jordan Catone       Waterford                25

Jon Kempf              Hoosick Falls           23

Zachary Rice          Tamarac                   23

Ben Epler               Cambridge               19


Made Threes – Team

Spa Catholic               70

Greenwich                  58

Hoosic Valley              57

Tamarac                      46

Hoosick Falls               45


Friday Night Hoops



Hoosic Valley 48  Hoosick Falls 40

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sam Lanoue 13      Ashlyn Chartier 12         Panthers – Logan Thayne 24      Maddie Walker 11

The Valley held a 29-16 lead at the half and rode that cushion after the break to the victory.  The Indians held the Falls to single numbers in the first and second periods and allowed just three Panthers to score on the night.


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