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.



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.



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.


Mechanicville 59  Greenwich 37 Continue reading

Cambridge Moves to 8-0


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.







Mechanicville Tops Cambridge


On a night where points are hard to come by the team that puts together a run or two typically notches the “W” and the homestanding Red Raiders of Mechanicville managed to do just that, in posting the 53-35 victory over Cambridge.

Defense was the theme of the first period to say the least, as the two squads played four minutes of scoreless basketball, before Devin Garland connected on a triple for Mechanicville. Continue reading

Basketball Roundup



Greenwich 61  Corinth 39

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 19       Sam Howard 11      Christian O’Brien 11    Alex Curtis 10         Tomahawks – Melville 8

Greenwich put four players in doubles and won every quarter in the easy non-league victory over Corinth


Voorheesville 72  Waterford 63

Leading Scorers:  Blackbirds – Zaveon Little 28      Anthony Puma 15      Tanner Tedesco 13   Jack Barringer 10         Fordians – TJ Kelley 25      Michael Talavera 23

The Fordians held a two point advantage heading into the final frame but Voorheesville used a 22-11 quarter to post the “W” in the championship game of the Waterford Holiday Tournament.

Voorheesville’s Zaveon Little was named tournament MVP while both TJ Kelley and Michael Talavera of Waterford were named to the all-tournament team.


Niskayuna 67  Mechanicville 44

Leading Scorers:  Nisky – Ethan St. Lucia 21      Darian Parker 15      Jaden Giammattei 11    Red Raiders 16

Niskayuna ran out to a 38-17 halftime lead in posting the non-league win over the Raiders.



Greenwich 67  Corinth 44

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Adrianna Rojas 20      Molly Brophy 15      Tomahawks – Maddie DeLisle 14      Miranda Dockum 11

Greenwich won every quarter and had 10 players score in the one-sided victory over the Tomahawks.