Friday, March 7, 2008

A Quick Look at the Boys and Girls Regional Finals

Boys
Class AA Regional Final
Saturday, March 8
Hudson Valley Community College, 4:45 pm
Bishop Maginn (section II) vs. Syracuse-Henninger (section III)
Last game: Maginn (23-1),
the second-ranked team in the state, defeated rival Christian Brothers Academy in the section II championship game 71-51.
Henninger (21-2) snapped a six-game losing streak to Utica Proctor in the section III championship game, winning 57-41.
Key players: Maginn’s Shimeek Johnson, a Central Connecticut-bound senior, scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the final against CBA.
Henninger’s 7-foot-1 center Ben Cronin (headed to Michigan next fall) picked up 16 rebounds in the Black Knights’ game against Proctor.
The winner advances to the state semifinals in Glens Falls on Saturday, March 15.
Class A Regional Final
Saturday, March 8
Hudson Valley Community College, 3 pm
Bishop Gibbons (II) vs Jamesville-Dewitt (III)
Last game: Gibbons (17-7)
turned on the jets in the second half for a comeback victory over Massena.
Jamesville-Dewitt (21-2) beat New Hartford in the section III class A title game, 56-44. The Red Rams are No. 2 in the state.
Key players: Gibbons’ Brian Hamor was named all-tournament MVP after the Knights knocked off Albany Academy. Zack O’Brien and Avery Mitchell are also offensive threats.
Jamesville-Dewitt’s Brandon Triche has verbally committed to play at Syracuse University this fall.
The winner advances to the state semifinals in Glens Falls on Saturday, March 15.
Class C Regional Final
Saturday, March 8
SUNY-Plattsburgh, 2 pm
Mechanicville (section II) vs the Ticonderoga (section VII)
Last game: Mechanicville (19-5)
defeated Rensselaer in the section II class CC/C playoff in Glens Falls. Josh Rougia scored 17 points for the Red Raiders.
Ticonderoga (13-9)
defeated Brushton-Moira in the regional semifinal round at SUNY Plattsburgh, 63-56.
Key players: Mechanicville’s senior duo of Pat Marra and Paul MacMillan led the way for the Red Raiders this year, combining to average 22.9 points per game.
Ticonderoga’s Jake Kelly grabbed 12 rebounds in the semifinal victory over Brushton-Moira.
The winner advances to the state semifinals in Glens Falls on Friday, March 14.

Girls
Class AA finals
Saturday, March 8 at HVCC, 12p.m.
Shenendehowa (section II) vs Corcoran (section III)
Last game:
Shenendehowa beat Bethlehem 36-29 in the section II class AA finals on March 1. The Lady Plainsmen had a bye in the first round of regionals.
Corcoran captured the section III title with a 45-43 come from behind victory over Oswego The Cougars had a bye in the first round of regionals.
Shenendehowa (21-2): The Lady Plainsmen are back in a familiar spot. They won their ninth section II title since 1988, their first since 2004. Shenendehowa lost their first game of the year before reeling off 18 straight wins. They are lead by a trio of seniors, Suburban Council player of the year Barb Shea, Carey Turner and Serita Holland. They start five seniors compared to Corcoran which doesn’t have a senior on their roster.
Corcoran (18-5): The section III champion Cougars are also a program with a rich tradition. Their head coach Jim Marsh picked up his 400th career win this year during the section III tournament. Marsh has guided the Cougars to seven sectional titles and two state championships during his 24 year career at Corcoran. The majority of those titles came in the 1990’s though and this year Cougars were not expected to make it this far. They were the three-seed in the section III tournament and the championship was the school’s first in nine years. They are a young team without a single senior on their roster. They are the sixth ranked AA team in the state.
The winner advances to play Hicksville/North Babylon Friday, March 14 at HVCC at 8p.m.
Class C finals at SUNY Potsdam
Watervliet (section II) vs Madrid-Waddington (section X) at SUNY Potsdam, 1:45p.m.
Watervliet:
The Cannoneers defeated Seton Catholic 54-22 of section VII in the opening round of the class C regionals.
Madrid-Waddington (18-5): The Yellow Jackets lost to class A champ Malone 65-39 in the section X overall finals. They had a bye in the first round of the regionals.
Watervliet (18-4): The Cannnoneers won their second straight section II title with a 31-27 defeat of top seed Mechanicville. Last year the Cannoneers were class B champions and made it to the state final four before finally losing. They won their first ever classes CC/C playoff game with a 32-28 win over Maple Hill. They have a strong inside presence with 5-foot-11 Chanessa Blakemore and 5-foot-10 Paige Colfer. Their guards, Molly McGrouty, Carissa Paff and Tierny McGlynn, have been the key to their success in the postseason though. They’re only giving up an average of 28 points a game since the start of sectional play.
Madrid-Waddington: The Yellow Jackets won the section X class C title with a 54-37 victory over three-seed Brushton-Moira. In that game the Madrid defense allowed only one field goal in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets are lead in scoring by Jennifer Curley, 14.4 points a game, and Abbey Shoen 10.5 points a game. They are ranked 12th in the state.The winner advances to play the Frewsburg/Avon winner Saturday, March 15 at HVCC at 2:15p.m.
Class B finals Sunday, March 9 at SUNY Potsdam 3:30p.m.
Hoosic Valley (section II) vs Ogdensburg (section X)
Last game: Hoosic Valley beat Northeastern Clinton of section VII 43-33 on Wednesday night in the opening round of regionals.
Ogdensburg lost to class D champions Hammond 71-66 in the section X overall semifinals. They had a bye in the first round of regionals.
Hoosic Valley (26-0): The Indians captured their third straight section II crown with a 46-35 win over Cohoes on March 1. It was the first sectional title at the class B level. The Indians competed in class C the two years prior. Led by senior Kayla Ryan the Indians have run off 26 wins without a loss. The Indians are all about defense and they have allowed an average of just 21.6 points a game this season. They are ranked second in the state.
Ogdensburg (17-6): The Blue Devils are a perennial power in section X. Ogdensburg was the top seed in the section X class B tournament and won its fourth straight title with a 60-45 win over Potsdam. They’re led in scoring by sophomore Megan Morrison (13.6 ppg). They are the 19th ranked class B team in the state.
The winner advances to play the Olean/Wayland-Cohocton winner Friday, March 14 at HVCC at 11:45p.m.

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