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<B>Hoosick Falls Central School guard Olivia Schneider dribbles around the key during the second half Wednesday. (Adam Samrov) </B>
Hoosick Falls Central School guard Olivia Schneider dribbles around the key during the second half Wednesday. (Adam Samrov)
Hoosick Falls Central School guard Olivia Schneider dribbles around the key during the second half Wednesday. (Adam Samrov)
Thursday February 14, 2013

ADAM SAMROV

Sports Editor

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- At halftime of the regular season finale, it looked like the Hoosick Falls Central School girls basketball team would have lots of momentum heading into the Class C sectional tournament.

But then Glens Falls switched their defense, and flipped the script on the Panthers.

The Indians outscored Hoosick Falls by 20 in the second half en route to a 60-47 win.

"We've shown that against good teams, we can play with you for a half, but in the second half things tend to fall apart a little bit," said Hoosick Falls (12-6 overall) coach Eamonn DeGraaf. "That's been our story this year."

The Panthers went into the break with a seven-point lead and traded baskets for the first three minutes, with Olivia Schneider hitting for three of her 11 points. But then Glens Falls pounced, scoring the next 15 in a row, capped off by Skyler Girard's jumper at the start of the fourth to take a 43-35 lead.

Girard led all scorers with 21 points.

"We need to take care of the ball and value every possession we get and we didn't do it in the second half," DeGraaf said.

Glens Falls coach Martin Girard talked to his team at halftime about keeping up the intensity and changing their defense.

We changed our defense from zone to man and tried a couple diff wrinkles with a 1-3-1," Girard said.


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"We tried to mix it up and that really helped us."

In the fourth quarter, the Panthers tried to make a run, but ended up trading scores as Glens Falls broke through the Hoosick press.

Early in the frame, Rachel Pine worked her way into the lane for a layup and the foul to pull Hoosick Falls to 43-37. But Lauren Stamatel hit for two of her six points and Girard drained a three from the top of the key to extend the lead to 11 and put the dagger into the Panthers.

"Lauren, if she rebounds, we can get out and run," Martin Girard said. "The way Skyler and Marisa shoot, it might not always be a layup, it could be a backbreaker 3."

Hoosick Falls was held to 17 in the second half.

"We struggle when the shots don't fall," DeGraaf said. "Things broke down in the press and didn't go our way."

It was a different story in the first half for the Panthers.

Senior Frankie Pearson hit for 12 of her team-high 18 points in the first half while Taylor Hayes and Ashley St. Onge knocked down 3-pointers late in the half to give Hoosick the lead at the break.

"We hit some big shots in the first half, Taylor Hayes came in and it broke their zone a little bit, putting someone in the corner that could hit a shot," DeGraaf said.