Thursday, March 11, 2010

Girls basketball regional weekend previews

Shenendehowa's Roz Alexander battles Averill Park's Amanda Fitzgerald during a Suburban Council game in Clifton Park this season. Both teams will be competing in regional round play this weekend. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Class AA
Shenendehowa (20-2) vs. Cicero-North Syracuse (18-3, Section III)
Regional Final
Saturday, 1:45
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
About Shen: The Lady Plainsmen won their 10th Section II title since 1988 last Saturday with a victory over Suburban Council rival Shaker High. Allie Setter, a junior center, was named the Class AA tournament MVP, but Shen also leans on Marissa Ray and Emily Weber as part of a balanced scoring attack.
About Cicero: Cicero defeated Syracuse rival Corcoran in the Section III title game, 54-52, the second consecutive sectional title for C-NS. 6-foot-3 center Breanna Stewart scored 16 points in the title game for C-NS.
For an article on CNS' championship win over Corcoran, click here.

Class A
Averill Park (21-1) vs. Malone-Franklin Academy (20-1, Section X)
Regional FinalFriday, 6 p.m.
About Averill Park: Averill Park won its third Section II Class A championship in five years Saturday afternoon at Hudson Valley Community College, beating an undefeated Holy Names team. They then topped Cortland 59-54 on the strength of nine three-point buckets Tuesday night in Syracuse.
For a story on how the Averill Park Superintendent, Dr. Jo Moccia, bailed out the team, click here.
About Malone: Malone, which has won 18 straight games, has won 10 Section X championships since 1996. Kelsey Johnson, a forward, and Brittany Marshall, a guard, were the Northern Athletic Conference's co-Most Valuable Players during Malone's regular season. The Huskies won the New York State Class A title at the end of the 2007-08 season.
Notes: In case you can't make the game, it will be broadcast online here.

Watervliet's Ailayia Demand drives to the rim in a game against Holy Names during the regular season.

Class B

Watervliet (18-4) vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy (15-8, Section X)

Regional Final
Saturday, Noon
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
About 'Vliet: The Cannoneers won their fourth consecutive Section II title Monday night, defeating Colonial Council rival Mechanicville at Adirondack Community College. Watervliet relies heavily on a pair of freshman in point guard Ailayia Demand and forward Lashana Tolliver. Seniors Nae White and Tierney McGlynn are also crucial to the Cannoneers' success.
About Ogdensburg: OFA defeated Section VII champion Saranac 46-44 in Tuesday's regional semifinal. Megan Morrison scored a game-high 27 points for OFA in the game.
For more on OFA, click here.

Maple Hill's Jessica Dailey drives around an Ichabod Crane defender during a regular season game played in Castleton.

Class C
Maple Hill (22-0) vs. Brushton-Moira (20-1, Section X)
Regional Final
Saturday, 1:45 p.m.
Adirondack Community College, Queensbury
About Maple Hill: The Wildcats, winners of three consecutive Section II titles, finally won the Section II Class CC/C playoff game Monday night, topping Greenwich by six points.
Junior center Katie Roth registered a double-double in the first half, finishing with 26 points and 21 rebounds.
About Brushton-Moira: Moira's only loss came to Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Section X overall playoffs. (Since Section X has fewer teams than Section II, teams from different classifications cross over to play each other in an 'overall' tournament).
Chenice Russell and Shayna Russell are the team's leading scorers.
For more on Moria's regional semifinal victory over Ticonderoga, click here.
For more information on the team, visit

Class D
Argyle (17-3) vs. Harrisville (17-4, Section X)
Regional Final
Saturday, Noon
Adirondack Community College, Queensbury

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