The Section II girls basketball tournament played its Round of 16 in the B and C classifications Saturday night with seven Wasaren teams taking the floor. Yesterday we asked the question “Could the Wasaren teams sweep?”. The answer this Sunday morning is almost. The league squads posted six “W’s” in dominant fashion, with all six handling their business on their home floor.
Tamarac 45 Broadalbin-Perth 22
Leading Scorers: Bengals – Syrita Faraj 13 Emily Erickson 10 Kate Machnick B-P – Emma Goebel 10
Key Stat: Tamarac throws a shutout in the first period, and allows BP just eight points through three quarters, as the Bengals double up Perth and advance to a Wednesday night quarterfinal and a matchup in Clums Corners with Hudson. Continue reading
The girls take center stage tonight in the Section II basketball tournament with a full slate of games in the Round of 16 in the B and C classifications. Seven Wasaren squads will compete and in all but one of the games they’re the higher seed playing on their home floor.
Can the Wasaren teams sweep tonight? That’s a lot to ask but here’s a quick look at why they just might.
#16 Canajoharie @ #1 Cambridge: Canjo squeaked past Spa Catholic 48-44 on Thursday in a play-in game. Congrats, your reward will be a trip to Cambridge and a demolition at the hands of the Indians who are coming off a victory in the Wasaren championship game over Tamarac. Cambridge hasn’t played all week and will take it out on Canajoharie. Continue reading
Congratulations to Hoosic Valley bowler Leigha Henkel on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week,
At the girls bowling sectionals on February 7th, Leigha, competing as an individual, qualified for the Section II composite team that will compete at the state championship in Syracuse on March 9th.
Competing against girls from across Section II and needing a top six finish, Henkel rolled the high triple of 631, the high single of 233, and most importantly a six game total of 1180, second overall, to earn a spot on the squad of six.
Congratulations to Leigha our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.
The Section II tournament will have no shortage of Wasaren teams this year as eight girls squads and nine boys teams will enter second season action, that for some begins tonight.
The strength of the Wasaren girls was rewarded as the top two seeds in both Class C and Class B went to conference teams with #1 Cambridge and #2 Hoosic Valley locking it down in the C’s and #1 Tamarac and #2 Mechanicville in the B’s.
Hoosick Falls is the #2 seed in Class C while all other Wasaren boys were given seeds #9 or above meaning opening round road games for all but the Panthers. Continue reading
On Saturday afternoon the final crossover game in the Wasaren played out with the Mechanicville girls hosting Hoosic Valley. The teams had split two contests earlier in the year and this one had all the makings of another competitive run between the neighboring schools. But in the rubber game of the match, Mechanicville took control early and gradually pulled away from the Indians notching the 53-39 decision.
The Raiders ran out to a 17-10 lead after one, led 25-16 at the break, and put the game away with a 19-12 advantage in the third.
Mechanicville bottomed eight triples on the afternoon with senior guard Taylor Grayson drilling four and leading the Raiders with 16 points in the contest. Junior guard Charli Goverski added 13 points in the victory for the Raiders who improve to 12-7 on the season.
Alex Rifenburg and Sami Dickinson with 10 points each led the Valley attack as the Indians finish the regular season with a 15-4 mark.
Fine years for both squads who now set their sights on sectional play, with both teams poised for lengthy second season runs.
A crossover Friday in the Wasaren offered few surprises at the end of the night as games played out as we thought they would. A nice win for the Valley boys over Tamarac highlighted the action and here’s a closer look at all the contests from a February Friday.
Greenwich 83 Berlin 22
Leading Scorers: Witches – Molly Brophy 25 Emma Brophy 11 Tess Merrill 10 Faith Hewitt 10 Mountaineers – Kaley Culbertson 4 McKenna Jansen 4 Lockett 4
Key Stat: The Witches steamrolled Berlin with 33 points in the first period, put 10 players in the scoring column and cruised to the easy victory over the Mountaineers. Continue reading
The boys side of the Wasaren wrapped up it’s regular season on Thursday night with a trio of runs, highlighted by Hoosick Falls junior Jon Kempf scoring his 1000th career point.
Hoosick Falls 62 Greenwich 45
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Jon Kempf 27 Dimitri Rose 14 Tristan Williams 12 Witches – John Walsh 12 Carson Mosher 10
Key Stat: The Falls built a 37-19 lead at the half, on their way to the comfortable win, completing another undefeated season in league play and notching their 53rd straight Wasaren victory. Kempf with 27 points led the Panther attack, and became the fourth Hoosick Falls boys player to reach the 1000 point milestone.
Hoosic Valley 71 Berlin 30
Leading Scorers: Valley – Zach Ryan 14 Brandon Jesmain 11 Isaac Carlo 10 Derek Eddy 10 Mountaineers – Malichi Ritter 10
Key Stat: The Indians won every quarter and put 12 players in the scoring column, in posting the road win over the Mountaineers.
Stillwater 45 Cambridge 36
Leading Scorers: Warriors – Brian McNeil 12 Grant Baker 11 Indians – Ben Epler 11 Brian Hall 10
Key Stat: In a game tied 19-19 at the break Stillwater rode a 25-17 advantage over the final two periods to the “W” in Cambridge.
Greenwich 68 Salem 41
Leading Scorers: Witches – Molly Brophy 23 Tess Merrill 14 Marquita Gutasy 10 Generals – Riche 14 Boyark 11 Spencer 10
Key Stat: The Witches outscored Salem 48-17 over the middle two periods, cruising to the non-league victory.
Last night the final regular season action played out for the girls, with cross-overs and the league championship game awaiting for Tamarac and Cambridge.
Tamarac 56 Mechanicville 49
Leading Scorers: Bengals – Emily Erickson 21 Syrita Faraj 15 Red Raiders – Taylor Grayson 17 Charli Goverski 12 Amy DiSiena 11
Key Stat: In a close game throughout the Bengals used a 15-8 advantage in the third to gain some breathing room and held off the Raiders, to clinch first place in the Hudson Division.
Cambridge 49 Stillwater
Leading Scorers: Indians – Sophie Phillips 16 Lily Phillips 10 Warriors – Marley Mueller 14
Key Stat: Cambridge won each of the first three periods in pulling away from the Warriors and now set their sights on the league championship game with Tamarac, next Monday in Mechanicville.
Hoosic Valley 55 Berlin 10
Leading Scorers: Indians – Alex Rifenburg 9 Kaley Culberston 8
Key Stat: The Valley defense holds the Mountaineers to single digits in each of the first three quarters, and kept Berlin off the board entirely in the fourth.
Hoosick Falls 67 Greenwich 60
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Logan Thayne 25 Grace Wysocki 14 Lillian Hickey 10 Witches – Molly Brophy 27 Tess Merrill 20
Key Stat: The Panthers built a 37-20 lead over the first two periods and held off the Witches to post the road “W”.
Both the girls and boys basketball teams from Hoosick Falls took the floor on Monday night in make-up games facing Stillwater and Cambridge respectively. Different opponents but the night ended at each venue with the same result, a Panthers “W”.
Hoosick Falls 57 Stillwater 40
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Logan Thayne 23 Warriors – Marley Mueller 16
Key Stat: Stillwater jumped out to a 16-12 lead after one, but the Falls outscored their hosts 28-12 over the middle two frames to take control and post the comfortable win over the Warriors.
Hoosick Falls 70 Cambridge 28
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Jon Kempf 31 Tristan Williams 18 Isiah Burnett 12 Indians – Jeffrey Burke 9
Key Stat: The Falls won every quarter, held the Indians to single digits in three of the four, and with the victory the Panthers are two wins away from another perfect Wasaren campaign.
A look at the Wasaren standings and the top five teams and individuals in selected categories.
Hoosick Falls 11-0, 15-1
Tamarac 8-4, 12-6
Mechanicville 8-4, 10-6
Stillwater 7-5, 8-9
Greenwich 6-6, 11-7
Waterford 6-6, 10-6
Hoosic Valley 6-6, 8-10
Cambridge 4-7, 6-11
Spa Catholic 3-9, 6-12
Berlin 0-10, 1-12
Hoosick Falls 62.3
Jon Kempf Hoosick Falls 19.4
Tristan Williams Hoosick Falls 18.1
Bobby Valigorski Waterford 17.9
John Walsh Greenwich 17.1
Michael Talavera Waterford 14.5
Hoosick Falls 45.2
Hoosic Valley 46.9
Made Threes – Individual
Jordan Catone Spa Catholic 44
Josh Germaine Mechanicville 38
John Walsh Greenwich 38
CJ Bassett Hoosic Valley 32
Devin Garland Mechanicville 27
Made Threes – Team
Spa Catholic 113
Hoosic Valley 88