A Look Around The League

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After a Regents week where the basketball schedule was a bit lighter for most Wasaren schools, it’s back to a full slate for the upcoming week as teams enter the stretch run of the regular season.

On the girls side of things Cambridge (4-0), Mechanicville (3-0), Greenwich (3-1) and Hoosic Valley (2-2) make up the top half of the league standings.  With only one matchup between Wasaren teams counting towards the standings this year the girls will just play eight league contests.

The Indians of Cambridge at 14-0 overall continue to cruise.  Last night they put together a 45 point first quarter in their win over Berne Knox.  Incredible numbers that included eight triples in the period, and Knox, while not playing the stiffest competition this season, came in with a 10-1 mark.

On the defensive side of the ball, how about Mechanicville holding the Falls to 12 total points in the Raiders 48-12 victory Wednesday night.

Congrats to Mechanicville senior guard Charli Goverski on scoring her 1000th career point in a Tuesday night game against Cobleskill.

The Hoosic Valley girls are on a bit of a roller coaster ride lately.  In their last four league outings they had a nice win over Hoosick Falls, played well in a three point loss to Mechnaicville, then dropped a two-point decision to Spa Catholic, and on Friday night needed a big fourth quarter to post a come-from-behind win over Stillwater.

Greenwich, who’s only league loss came against Mechanicville, will face a big test this Friday night when they travel to Cambridge to take on the Indians.  The two squads met earlier in the year with Cambridge notching a 76-40 victory.

In the boys race Mechanicville (4-0), Stillwater (4-0), Hoosick Falls (3-1), Cambridge (3-1), and Waterford (2-2) make up the top five.

As always a part of those records come down to who have you played and the Red Raiders have just come off games against Hoosick Falls and Waterford with a pair of “W’s”. They’ll face Spa Catholic Tuesday night and will host Stillwater on Thursday.

Stillwater showed their defensive prowess Friday night in holding the Valley to 29 points. The Warriors at 4-0 will be tested this week with games against the Falls and Mechanicville.

Hoosick Falls bounced back after falling to the Raiders last Friday, with a comfortable win over Spa Catholic two nights ago, putting 81 points on the board with just four players hitting the scoring column.

Cambridge has played well of late and will entertain Waterford Tuesday night in what should be an interesting match up.

The Fordians with league losses to front runners Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls are a tough group that can score points in bunches on most nights.

Speaking of scoring, how about the highest scoring tandems in the Wasaren?

For boys teams it would be the Falls duo of Jon Kempf (29.8) and Tristan Williams (16.5) followed by Waterford’s Michael Talavera (23.9) and CJ Kelley (17.3).  The Witches Jesse Kuzmich (19.5) and Alex Curtis (12.7) round out the top three.

Looking for depth of scoring?

The Saints of Saratoga Catholic have five players averaging doubles.  Jordan Catone (14.1), Robbie Bolen (13.6), Anthony Barile (13.5), Ryan McCarroll (10.9), and Hayden Day (10.6) will test opponents every night at the defensive end.

As for girls scoring tandems the Phillips twins lead the way with Sophie scoring 19.0 points nightly and Lilly adding 15.2. followed by Greenwich’s Molly Brophy (21.0), and Adrianna Rojas (12.0), and the Stillwater tandem of Marley Mueller (16.7), and Molly Sheehan (10.3).

Depth of scoring is something the top two girls teams have in common.

Cambridge along with Sophie (19.0) and Lilly (15.2) adds Fiona Mooney at (9.8) and Stasia Epler at (9.5) rounding out a quartet that can put points on the board in a hurry.

Mechanicville’s deep scoring attack boasts Charli Goverski (16.1), Amy DiSiena (7.3), Jada Brown (7.3), Chloe Goverski (6.6) and AJ Joseph (6.5).

So there’s a quick look at a few things on the basketball landscape in the league with a reminder we’ll have three broadcasts this week on Wasaren Sportsnet leading off with Spa Catholic at Mechanicville in a boys run on Tuesday night.

 

 

 

Friday Night Hoops

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Girls

Greenwich 65   Tamarac 43

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 19        Adrianna Rojas 18        Tess Merrill 14    Bengals – Sarita Faraj 13        Jordyn Sorel 12

A 29-4 first period gave the Witches all the cushion they would need as Greenwich cruised to the one-sided decision over the Bengals.

 

Hoosick Falls 56   Spa Catholic 32

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Logan Thayne 32          Saints – Ashley Upson 9

Hoosick Falls outscored the Saints 28-7 over the middle two frames paving the way to the easy “W” over Spa Catholic.  Thayne’s 32 point effort including three hits from beyond the arc.

 

Hoosic Valley 49  Stillwater 42

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sami Dickinson 21         Sam Lanoue 15 (5, 3’s)       Warriors – Marley Mueller 21        Molly Sheehan 15 (5, 3’s)

Stillwater held a 31-26 advantage heading into the final period but the Indians responded with a 23-11 fourth quarter to notch the come-from-behind victory over the Warriors.  Just three players scored for Stillwater in the game, with the Valley saw just four players tally points.

 

Cambridge forfeit win over Berlin/New Lebanon

 

Boys

Cambridge 64  Berlin/New Lebanon 30

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Jeffrey Burke 11         Nick Murphy 10         Brian Hall 10    Mountaineers – Dan Rouffe 6

Cambridge held the Mountaineers to single digits in each of the first three quarters in posting the easy road victory over Berlin/New Lebanon, improving to 3-1 in the Wasaren.

 

Hoosick Falls 81  Spa Catholic 58

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf  36        Tristan Williams 28         Dmitri Rose 10      Saints – Jordan Catone 19 (5,3’s)      Robbie Bolen 15 (5,3’s)        Ryan McCarroll 11

The Saints held a slim 20-18 lead after one, but the Panthers caught and passed their hosts in the second frame taking a 42-34 lead into the break.  A 19-6 third period gave the Falls complete control and the visitors closed things out for the road win in Saratoga.

The Saints ( 2-3, 7-6), drilled 13 3-pointers in the loss, while the Panthers (3-1, 11-2), put 81 points on the board with only four players reaching the scoring column.

 

Stillwater 45   Hoosic Valley 29

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Brian McNeil 16       CJ McNeil 11            Valley – Ethan Caiazza 8        Tyler Eddy 8

The Warriors hold the Valley under 30, allowing just eight points combined in the second and third periods as Stillwater with the win moves to 4-0 in league play.

 

Greenwich 54  Tamarac 51

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 22       Christian O’Brien 12          Bengals – Zachary Rice 18       Tristan Nemjo 12

The Witches needed a 15-8 fourth period to post the come-from-behind “W” over the Bengals.  The Witches held a 9-2 advantage from behind the arc in the road win.

 

Mechanicville 71  Waterford 56

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germain 20       Tyler Dion 14        Luciano D’Ambro 12         Devin Garland 12           Fordians – CJ Kelley 12           Dom Pontore 12

The Raiders trailed 15-13 after one but outscored Waterford 41-21 over the middle two periods and closed things out to run their mark to 4-0, 11-1 on the year.

Basketball Results

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Girls

Mechanicville 48  Hoosick Falls 12

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Charli Goverski 18        Jada Brown 8          Panthers – Logan Thayne 7

The Raiders held the Falls to single numbers in every period, and threw a shutout in the second frame, in posting the easy home “W” over the Panthers.

 

Ichabod Crane 52  Stillwater 42

Leading Scorers:  Crane – Madison Graham 16        Delaney Moore 14        Haley Ames 10  Warriors – Marley Mueller 25

In a tale of two halves Crane built a 36-17 advantage at the break, while the Warriors outscoring their hosts 25-16 over the final two periods, coming up short in their comeback effort.

 

Boys

Saratoga Catholic 82  Canajoharie 57

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Anthony Barile 21      Jordan Catone 18      Ryan McCarroll 14      Hayden Day 12       Robbie Bolen 10          Canjo – Rob Fairly 13        Marcus Johnson 12   R. Tamsett 10

The Saints won every quarter, led 39-26 at the half and steadily pulled away for the non-league victory over Canajoharie.

 

 

Friday Night Hoops; Raiders Stop Panthers

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Boys

Mechanicville 60  Hoosick Falls 51

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germain 21      Tyler Dion 14      Devin Garland 12     Panthers – Jon Kempf 12      Isiah Burnett 10      Max Kipp 10      Tristan Williams 16

In a game that was tied 32-32 at the break, Mechanicville held the Falls to 19 points over the final two frames to earn the road “W”, snapping the Panthers 56-game winning streak in Wasaren competition.  Germain connected six times from beyond the arc, where the Raiders held an 8-3 advantage in made threes over the Falls.  The high-scoring Kempf was limited to just one field goal in the game by the Raiders defense.

 

Stillwater 68  Greenwich 50

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Brian McNeil 22      Grant Baker 13      Josh Luca 12      Isaac Cutler 11        Witches – Alex Curtis 11

The Warriors out scored their hosts 39-24 after the break, and put four players in doubles, moving to 3-0 in league play with the win.

 

Hoosic Valley 71  Spa Catholic 67

Leading Scorers:  Indians –  Gavin Giordano 15      Nolan Rafferty 15      CJ Bassett 12    Saints – Anthony Barile 20       Jordan Catone 16      Hayden Day 16

Trailing by a point with :49 remaining Bassett drilled a go-ahead triple giving the Indians a one-point lead and the Valley hung on down the stretch, to post the home victory over the Saints.

 

Girls

Greenwich 56  Stillwater 34

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 17       Nora Niesz 16        Warriors – Molly Sheehan 16      Marley Mueller 10

The Witches broke open a close game with a 20-9 third period and went on the notch the road “W” over Stillwater.

 

Spa Catholic 42  Hoosic Valley 40

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Ashley Upson 11        Dempsey 11      Molly O’Reilly 10     Valley – Sami Dickinson 15

After scoring just eight points in the first half and trailing 21-8 at the break the Saints stormed back with a 34 point second half, earning to come-from-behind victory over the Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Hoosick Falls Defeats the Valley

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While the three point shot has forever changed the game of basketball offensively, something tried and true still remains on the other end of the floor.  Good man-to-man defense wins.

The Hoosick Falls Panthers, and their ability to guard has been a cornerstone of their long run of success and it was on full display Friday night in Schaghticoke where they posted a 62-43 “W” over the Indians of Hoosic Valley.

That being said, both squads fully embrace every opportunity to pull from deep and the Panthers did just that to start thigs, opening the game with back-to-back triples from Jon Kempf and Dimitri Rose.

Kempf added a baseline jumper at the 4:25 mark giving the Falls an 8-0 start, before the Indians broke the ice on the next possession, with a corner three by Matt Rowe.

At the 2:00 mark of the period, Rose rang the bell again from deep giving the Falls a 13-3 lead, and on the next trip Kempf scored an old fashioned three point play on a bucket and one, before the Valley’s Logan Reilly finished the frame with, that’s right, a triple from the corner.

The Panthers 6’5″ center Tristan Williams opened the second period, hitting bottom from deep and Rose connected again from downtown, part of a Panther run that ballooned the advantage to 28-8 with 2:00 left in the quarter.

But the Indians finished the frame with an 8-2 spurt, fueled by 3-pointers from Reilly and Nolan Rafferty, closing the deficit to 30-16 at the half.

When Hoosic Valley’s CJ Bassett opened the third period with a long triple, the Valley faithful came alive anticipating their Indians could climb back into this one.

That feeling was short-lived.

Max Kipp immediately answered from downtown, starting a 12-0 Panthers run that gave the visitors complete control.

And while the Falls offense continued to roll, defensively them kept the Valley off the board, after the opening three by Bassett, until the 3:30 mark of the period when Reilly converted a pair of free throws.

Hoosick Falls ended the quarter with a 53-25 advantage and the while the Indians outscored the Panthers 18-9 in the final frame with Reilly knocking back three deep balls, the Falls closed things out for their 9th victory in ten outings.

On the night Kempf led all scorers with 26 points, with Rose adding 13 points and Kipp 10 to lead the Panthers.

Reilly with 17 points led Hoosic Valley who with the loss go to 4-3 on the season.

 

 

 

 

Girls Basketball; Witches, Bengals Notch Wins

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Greenwich 53  Hoosick Falls 50

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 20      Tess Merrill 11      Adrianna Rojas 11      Falls – Logan Thayne 15      Marley McLellan 14       Maddie Walker 13

The Panthers held a 33-20 lead at the break, but Greenwich stormed back over the final two frames to post the come-from-behind victory in Greenwich Wednesday night. Nearly half of the Witches points came from the charity stripe where Greenwich converted on 23 of 35 attempts, while the Falls made just seven trips to the line connecting six times.

 

Tamarac 71  Stillwater 36

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Syrita Faraj 14       Sidney Phillips 14       Gabriella Cellucci 13    Warriors – Marley Mueller 12

Tamarac led 32-15 at halftime and used a 24-4 third period close the door and post the “W” over the Warriors.

Tuesday Night Results

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Hoosick Falls 78  Greenwich 61

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf 29       Tristan Williams 18       Dimitri Rose 13       Max Kipp 12          Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 30      Sam Howard 12       Christian O’Brien 11

In a game close throughout, the Panthers led by four midway through the fourth, but closed things out with a 17-4 run to notch the home victory.

 

Spa Catholic 89  Berlin/New Lebanon 30

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Hayden Day 21      Jordan Catone 15      Anthony Barile 13     Robbie Bolen 10         Mountaineers – Brandon Rifenburg 7

The Saints held Berlin/New Lebanon to single numbers in each of the final three frames in posting the one-sided “W” over the Mountaineers.

 

Waterford 62  Hoosic Valley 49

Leading Scorers:  Fordians –  Michael Talavera 17      TJ Kelley 17      Jake Houle 10   Indians – CJ Bassett 15      Logan Reilly 13

The Valley held a 28-27 lead at the half but the Fordians outscored their hosts 35-21 over the final two periods to capture the road win.

 

Stillwater 61  Tamarac 44

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – James Galarneau 20     Josh Luca 15       Bengals – Zachary Rice 13

Stillwater built a 40-20 first half advantage and coasted through the final two quarters to the home victory.