Wasaren Basketball; Witches Take Two

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Boys

Greenwich 83  Schuylerville 76  OT

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Alex Curtis 39      Jesse Kuzmich 17            Black Horses – Cayden Rutland 26      Ryan Dow 13      Alex Vallee 13      Lukas Sherman 11

Greenwich used a 25-17 fourth to send the game into an extra session and the Witches outscored their hosts 17-10 in the overtime period to complete the come-from-behind- “W”.  Greenwich drilled 16 triples in the contest with Curtis connecting of 10, a major part of his 39 point effort.

 

Cambridge 92  Doane Staurt 35

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Nick Murphy 21         Jeffrey Burke 14            Ben Epler 13         Brian Hall 11          Doane Stuart –  Danny Bologna 20

Cambridge outscored the Thunder Chicken 43-12 over the middle two frames in posting the one-sided decision over Doane Stuart.

 

Girls

Greenwich 78  Schuylerville 41

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 33        Norah Niesz 22       Adrianna Rojas 11      Black Horses – Macey Koval 11

Greenwich held Schuylerville to single numbers in the first and second periods, building a 43-10 lead at the break, on their way to an easy non-league win over the Black Horses.

 

Cobleskill 50  Mechanicville 44

Leading Scorers:  Bulldogs – Jessica Meade 17       Eleesia Comino 14       Sabrina Pressley 12        Red Raiders – Charli Goverski 20

The Bulldogs led 24-15 at the half and used that cushion to hang on for the non-league win over the Raiders.  Goverski with 20 points led the Mechanicville attack and reached the 1000 point plateau in the contest.

 

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

cambridge pictureCongratulations to Cambridge basketball player Sophie Phillips on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Phillips scored 10 points in a 52-27 win over Stillwater on Wednesday night with bigger things to follow.

The junior guard led the Indians to a pair of victories in the Rose Classic Super Jam which played out over the weekend in Brooklyn.

On Saturday night Phillips scored 22 points, including four triples, and added six steals and five rebounds in the Indians 67-63 triple overtime victory over Baldwin of Long Island.

On Martin Luther King Day, Sophie scored 14 points with four 3-pointers, leading Cambridge to a 53-38 win over Xaverian, and Phillips was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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

Cambridge Tops Xaverian in Rose Classic Super Slam

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Cambridge 53   Xaverian 38

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 14 points       Lilly Phillips 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks         Fiona Mooney 13 points, 13 rebounds       Ruth Nolan 9 rebounds                Xaverian – DiBiase 8 points

Trailing 15-14 after the first period of play, Cambridge outscored Xaverian 31-9 over the middle two frames in claiming their second victory in the Rose Classic Super Slam in Brooklyn over the weekend.

The Indians and their long ball prowess accounted for more than half of their game total, bottoming 10 triples in the contest with Sophie connecting on four, Lilly three, Ruth Nolan a pair and Fiona Mooney drilling one.

Cambridge earned a trio of tournament awards with Sophie Phillips named as the tournament MVP, Fiona Mooney collecting the Sportsmanship Award, and Abby Mahar  chosen for the Scholar-Athlete Award.

Cambridge Wins in Triple OT

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Cambridge 67  Baldwin (Long Island) 63  3OT

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 22 points 6 steals, 5 rebounds       Fiona Mooney 17 points, 12 rebounds         Lilly Phillips 12 points, 5 assists       Stasia Epler 11 points, 9 rebounds           Baldwin – Moreno 22        Elcock 12        Randolph 12

The Cambridge girls basketball team is spending the Martin Luther King weekend in New York City, taking advantage of an opportunity to play in a pair of games against high end competition.

On Saturday the Indians  faced Baldwin of Long Island in the Rose Classic Super Slam tournament.  The game was close throughout with each period decided by a two point margin.  The Indians held a 26-22 advantage at the half, but Baldwin claimed the final two periods, catching Cambridge and forcing overtime.

After stalemates in the first two overtime sessions the Indians outscored Baldwin 8-4 in the third overtime period to secure the win.

Cambridge bottomed seven triples in the game while Baldwin connected on just two.  The Indians also held an advantage from the free throw line converting 14 of 28 from the stripe, with Baldwin hitting on 5 of 15.

The team will enjoy an off day on Sunday, and will be back in action on Monday in a noon run with Nazareth Academy.

Cambridge Edges Tamarac

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Free throws in basketball, while not as sexy as 3-pointers and dunks, more times than not play an important part in determining the game’s outcome.  The foul line, 15 feet from the rim is also known as the charity stripe, implying that free points are handed out here.

On Friday night in Cambridge there were no freebies to be found for Tamarac as the Bengals took ten second half trips to the line and came away empty, in the Indians exciting 39-37 victory.

Cambridge’s Ben Epler scored the first five points of the game on a deuce and a triple, to which Bengals sophomore guard Zachary Rice answered in kind with a long three, followed by a steal and score, knotting things at 5-5 just 2:30 into the first.

Rice connected on another long ball with :45 left in the period for a 8-7 Tamarac lead, but at the buzzer the Indians Brian Hall got a floater to go off a nice spin move giving Cambridge the 9-8 edge.

Two minutes into the second frame. a bucket and one by the Bengals’ Dalton Maxon started a 11-3 Tamarac run, that included a Joey Poulin triple and three points from Rocco DiCarlo, that sent the teams to the halftime break with the Bengals holding a 21-14 advantage.

The third quarter belonged to the Indians and Jeffery Burke.  The junior forward scored 12 points in the period that started with an old fashioned three point play at the 7:00 mark, followed by a runner, a trey from the top, a put back, and a transition bucket with 1:20 remaining off a sweet find from Kaedin Ogilvie and Cambridge closed the frame with a 33-28 cushion.

Early in the fourth Burke drilled an elbow jumper giving the Indians their biggest lead of the night at 36-28, but Tamarac wouldn’t go quietly.

Midway through the period the Bengals used an inside score by Maxon, a Jacob Barbera drive and a Miles Ednie put back to close to within 36-34 at the 3:00 mark.

Down the stretch points were hard to come by for both squads.

With :18 left Brad Rowland converted on 1 of 2 from the line giving the Indians a four point cushion at 38-34.

After a Tamarac timeout Rice buried a triple from the top with :05 remaining, and the Bengals gave the foul sending Roland back to the line with three ticks left.  The senior guard hit the first, missed the second but Tamarac was unable to get a shot off and the Indians walked away with the well-earned “W”.

Just two players reached double figures in scoring on the night with the Bengals’ Rice scoring 11 points pacing Tamarac (1-2, 2-10),  while Burke led all scorers with 16 points to lead Cambridge (2-1, 3-6).

Girls Basketball Roundup; Indians, Witches Cruise

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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.

 

 

Boys Basketball; Panthers Top Fordians

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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.

Friday Night Hoops

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Girls

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.

 

Mechanicville 59  Greenwich 37 Continue reading

Cambridge Moves to 8-0

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There was a big game feel to the packed house in Cambridge Wednesday night with all in attendance anticipating a prime mid-season matchup between Mechanicville and Cambridge, arguably the top two girls teams in the Wasaren.

While the game proved to be a competitive run, the Indians never trailed and played with a comfortable cushion for most of the night, before walking off with the 70-44 decision over the Red Raiders.

Cambridge came out firing on all cylinders, with Sophie Phillips scoring off the opening tip, and McKayla McLenithan adding a pair of inside scores, forcing Mechanicville to take a quick timeout just 90 seconds in.

A McLenithan putback, followed by a Lily Phillips steal and score pushed the Indians lead to 10-0 and the Raiders used another timeout at the 5:19 mark to settle down and reset.

Mechanicville did just that responding with an 11-4 run.

An AJ Joseph inside bucket broke the ice, followed by a pair of triples from Jada Brown and Chloe Goverski, and when Charli Goverski scored on a scoop at the rim the Cambridge lead was trimmed to 14-11 with 3:00 remaining in the quarter.

But as was the case throughout the night, Cambridge quickly took back the momentum.  A Stasia Epler hit from deep, and a bucket and one by Lily, starting a 10-2 Indians spurt to close the period that ended with the hosts holding a 24-13 advantage.

Cambridge scored on the first possession of the second, on a nice find from Fiona Mooney to a cutting Lily Phillips, but the Indians offense suddenly went dry, giving the Raiders a window of opportunity to close the gap.

Mechanicville scored six straight on an inside deuce from Joseph, a floater from Chloe and dribble -drive by Charli Goverski to creep to within 10 at 29-19.

But Cambridge used a pair of Epler threes, the second coming at the 2:55 mark, to stem the tide, and the Indians took a 36-24 advantage into the break.

The two squads played evenly throughout the third, as Cambridge continued to hold a comfortable working margin.  The closest the Raiders would get, came when Brown scored on a sweet Euro-step move at the 5:27 mark, trimming the deficit to 38-30.

Both teams had five players score in the frame showing the depth of the two rosters.  The Indians bottomed three triples in the period with Ruth Nolan, Epler and Lily all connecting from deep, while the Raiders took the ball to the rim with Brown, Chloe and Charli Goverski all scoring on takes to the bucket.

Holding a 51-40 lead entering the final eight minutes, five points by Lily Phillips on a triple and a steal and score, sandwiched around six points from Mooney gave Cambridge a 62-40 advantage and the Indians closed things out over the remaining 4:30 to notch their eighth victory in as many outings.

Charli Goverski with 13 points and Jada Brown with 11 led Mechanicville (6-3), who will travel to Saratoga on Friday to face the Saints of Spa Catholic.

Cambridge placed four players in doubles with Lily Phillips scoring 19, Stasia Epler 16, Sophie Phillips 14 and Fiona Mooney adding 11 points for the Indians who will host the Witches of Greenwich on Friday night.