Girls rout Duanesburg, boys top Hadley-Luzerne

HOOSICK, N.Y. — Many basketball fans in Section II were surprised to see a 10-10 Hoosick Falls awarded a No. 5 seed in this year's Class C tournament.

They faced No. 12 Duanesburg, a team from the Western Athletic Conference that went 14-6 during the season.

The Panthers proved their seeding was spot-on as they scored a 66-41 victory over the Eagles to advance to the quarterfinal on Friday.

Logan Thayne led the way with 22 points, including 16 in the second half, while senior Eliza Whitman added 17.

Thayne also had 12 rebounds for another double-double, one of many this season for the sophomore, who has averaged better than 20 points a game.

"I feel like I need to be hitting the glass to help my team," Thayne said.

The Panthers got out of the gate quickly, scoring the first 10 to start the night and forcing the Duanesburg coach to call timeout to regroup. After the stoppage, Hoosick kept rolling, as Olivia Brownell drained a three-pointer to give the Panthers a 17-3 lead.

"When we're working well as a team, it's definitely better for us," Thayne said.

Hoosick's defense was strong throughout, collecting 16 steals and about the same number of turnovers.

The Panthers continued to get good shots and extend the advantage. Whitman hit a three with 4:59 left in the half to give Hoosick a 24-7 lead and eventually pushed it all the way out to 30-9 before a Duanesburg surge pulled the Eagles to 34-16 at halftime.

"At halftime, I told the girls we needed to come out fast and not let [Duanesburg] get on a roll to start the third," said Hoosick Falls coach Dan Hytko. "We wanted to keep the pace up and do something real quick."

Thayne saw to that right away as she hit threes on back-to-back possessions — the first from the right wing and the second from the left — to make it 40-16.

Thayne scored 12 of her game-high 22 in the third as the Panthers pushed the lead to nearly 30. In the fourth, the Panthers subbed liberally as nearly the entire active roster made an appearance.

Hoosick Falls will play Friday at 6 p.m. at Cambridge as part of a quarterfinal double-header.

No. 2 Hoosick Falls boys 63, No. 15 Hadley-Luzerne 36

The Hoosick Falls boys used a formula similar to the girls, getting off to a fast start and pulling away in the second half. That got the Panthers a 63-36 win over No. 15 Hadley-Luzerne in a Section II, Class C opening round playoff matchup.

Jon Kempf led all scorers with 24 points, including 8-of-8 from the line, while Evan McCart added 17.

Hoosick took a 9-0 lead off the tip with four of the five starters — Kempf, McCart, Guy Milliman and Max Kipp, all scoring a basket.

By the end of the first, the Panthers led 24-9, Kempf scoring 10 of his 24 and McCart seven of his 17 in the opening frame.

Things slowed down in the second as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net. Jonny Fraser had four points in the quarter as they pulled within 34-18 at halftime.

The Eagles eventually pulled within 38-26 with four minutes left in the third, but Hoosick scored the next eight to extend the lead to 46-26 with three minutes left in the frame.

Hoosick Falls will play on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.



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