Friday, March 6, 2009

Arno leads Wildcats to repeat; Chapko steals a four-peat for Hoosic Valley

Maple Hill's Meeghan Arno floats as Greenwich's Savannah White looks on in Friday's Section II Class C championship game at Hudson Valley Community College. (J.S. Carras - The Record)

Arno, who was battling a sore throat, a head cold and a dinged-up right knee, came out in the first quarter 35 seconds into the game. Maple Hill head coach Mark Bubniak called timeout when he realized Arno wasn't right.
Kristen DerGurahian knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the interim, but Arno returned to the floor with a vengeance in the second half. Arno scored six of her eights points in the fourth quarter - enduring a poke in the eye and a full-force collision in the paint on a drive to the rim - to lead the Wildcats to a 44-29 victory and the school's second consecutive Section II Class C title.
Maple Hill's Katie Roth (40) elevates towards the rim as Greenwich's Emily Eddy (33) defends at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday night. (J.S. Carras - The Record)

Roth scored 12 points, grabbed 15 boards and was named the Class C tournament MVP.
Arno was also a first team selection.
Alyssa Filkins didn't score any points, but she limited Greenwich's leading scorer, freshman sensation Dani DeGregory, to two points.

"Last year we worked together really well," Roth said. "We grew up together and everyone gets along really well. Last year was an amazing thing for Maple Hill to get that far for the first time with the girls program. It’s amazing to be a part of it twice."

2009 Section II Class C girls basketball All-Tournament team
Jessica Baxter, Rensselaer
Mackenzie Stahler, Canajoharie
Emily Eddy, Greenwich
Dani DeGregory, Greenwich
Meeghan Arno, Maple Hill
MVP: Katie Roth, Maple Hill

Hoosic Valley's Carolyn Houston throws a jump shot towards the hoop in Friday's Section II Class CC championship game against Voorheesville at Hudson Valley Community College. Voorheesville's Kelly Glath (13) defends. (J.S. Carras - The Record).

Houston scored a game-high 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made the game-winning three-point play with 1:09 to go in the fourth quarter. It turned what was a one-point deficit into a two-point advantage and sealed a 25-23 (yes, you read that right) victory for the Indians. It was Hoosic Valley's fourth consecutive Section II girls basketball title.

Hoosic Valley's Samantha Anderson (12) tries to get a shot off against Voorheesville's Elizabeth Madden (c) and Britney Creed (r). (J.S. Carras - The Record).

The Indians shot a dismal 8-of-56 from the floor, but held on in the end when Carlee Chapko made a steal with 6.2 seconds remaining and called timeout to clinch the victory.
Houston was named tournament MVP and Chapko earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Hoosic Valley's Taylor Sullivan (10) leaps for a rebound between Voorheesville's Emily Norris (23) and Elizabeth Madden (22). (J.S. Carras - The Record).

2009 Section II Class CC girls basketball All-Tournament team
Haylee Semago, Stillwater
Carly Pine, Hoosick Falls
Casey Beccerra, Voorheesville
Elizabeth Madden, Voorheesville
Carlee Chapko, Hoosic Valley
MVP: Carolyn Houston, Hoosic Valley

Hoosic Valley head coach Walter Dorman (r) celebrates his team's victory over Voorheesville on Friday. In his nine years at Hoosic Valley, the Indians have advanced to sectional games at Hudson Valley Community College seven times. (J.S. Carras - The Record).

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Maple Hill (22-1, No. 2 NYS) and Hoosic Valley (22-1, No. 3 NYS) will meet in Monday's Section II Class CC/C playoff game at Hudson Valley Community College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Admission costs $6.

It should be a classic game, one I know the coaches and players have been thinking about for a long time. Coach Dorman told us after the game that many of the Maple Hill and Hoosic Valley players are friendly with each other from AAU basketball.

I say flip a coin as to who could win. I can see Hoosic Valley hitting their stride and scoring up to 50 points and running with the Wildcats, or I can see the Indians imposing their will and making it another 20-something ballgame.

The Maple Hill and Hoosic Valley fans were out in force on Friday night and I'm already excited about how the game could turn out. (Should the Maple Hill boys win over Stillwater on Saturday, they would play in the boys CC/C playoff in Glens Falls on Monday night at 6 p.m. Unfortunately, I can't be two places at once...)

Feel free to leave your comments in here or vote as to who you think wins on Monday night.

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