Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Holy Names clinches Colonial Council crown

Lansingburgh's Tina Johnston (33) attempts a shot during Tuesday's Colonial Council basketball game at the Academy of the Holy Names. Kierra Moore (42), Fallon Witte (220 and Hannah Wilson (r) look to defend the shot. Johnston finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, but Holy Names held off the Knights to claim a 52-43 victory and claim their first Colonial Council title since they won four straight from 2002-05. (All photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Lansingburgh's Erin Glikes (11) looks to move the ball upcourt during Tuesday's game as Holy Names' Sarah Agan (12) looks on. The Lady Knights took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter but Holy Names rattled off seperate 12-0 and 8-0 runs in the second to stake a big lead. Kierra Moore paced Holy Names with 16 points and Casey Spicer added 13.

Lansingburgh's Ariana Youngs elevates for a layin during Tuesday's game as Holy Names' Lee Arduini (50) looks on. Youngs finished with 13 points, six steals and four assists. She was involved in a violent collision at the end of the game and was shaken up, but was laughing with coach Mari Warner a few minutes after the game and appeared to be OK.

"Lansingburgh is a very good program and Mari does a phenomenal job so it’s good for us to get a win aginst a very good team, like Lansingburgh, that’s won nine straight," said Holy Names head coach Steven Gigliello.

It was a good win for Holy Names (16-0, 18-0), the No. 3 Class A team in New York, mainly because Lansingburgh is the only Class A team they meet during the regular season. Certainly, teams such as Watervliet and Voorheesville also give Holy Names a good challenge, but it's important that Holy Names win the games against Class A competition for the seeding committee, who also have to consider teams from the Suburban Council that play up against Class AA teams all season.

“It’s a big step we had to overcome,” Moore said. “We knew we needed to win for sectionals and our standing in sectionals. This is a booster. Now we have the momentum to keep going through sectionals.”

An interesting side note, Siena College men's basketball player Kenny Hasbrouck was in attendance.

HOLY NAMES 52, LANSINGBURGH 43

LANSINGBURGH: Youngs 5-2-13, Brown 3-1-7, Glikes 4-0-9, Fane 1-0-2, Johnston 5-0-10, Rebhun 0-2-2. Totals: 18-5-43.

HOLY NAMES: Murphy 3-0-6, Agan 1-1-4, CaSpicer 5-3-13, Moore 6-4-16, Arduini 2-0-4, Wilson 3-1-7. Totals: 20-9-52.

Lansingburgh (13-4, 13-6) 12 10 13 9 – 43

Holy Names (16-0, 18-0) 10 24 9 8 – 52

3-point goals: Lansingburgh 2 (Youngs 1, Glikes 1). Holy Names 1 (Agan 1). JV: AHN, 41-18.


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In other girls games, Hoosic Valley defeated Cambridge to claim its fourth consecutive Wasaren League title. Look for more from Hoosic Valley head coach Walt Dorman in Wednesday's editon of The Record, as well as the Lansingburgh-Holy Names story. Hoosic Valley faces Tamarac, who won again on Tuesday, in a scary matchup on Friday the 13th.
The Schenectady girls wrapped up the Big 10 title and Mohonasen marched a step closer towards locking up the Suburban Council South Division with a victory over Colonie. Bethlehem remains two games behind with two to play, so a tie is still technically possible.
Watervliet knocked off Voorheesville, and the Lady Cannoneers have been on a roll lately.
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On the boys side Tuesday night, Watervliet beat Voorheesville, 49-47 - meaning Lansingburgh is on track to lock up their first Colonial Council title since 1990 with a pair of victories. They hit the road to take on Mechanicville on Friday and then they host Cohoes next Tuesday. Should Lansingburgh win out, the title is theirs. So it looks like the Knights owe the Cannoneers a thank you note should it work out that way. Voorheesville and Lansingburgh were looking destined for a first place tie before the Watervliet upset. The Cannoneers have to be considered a big-time dark horse in the Class B bracket this year with the way they've been playing lately. They've also made a crowded field that much more competitive if they can keep it up.
La Salle beat crosstown rival Troy High by one point in double overtime. Troy rallied 22-13 in the fourth quarter to force overtime but just couldn't hang on in the second OT period. La Salle's Mason Horne hit 11 of 16 free throws.

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