HF girls earn second straight No.1 seed in Class B


HOOSICK, N.Y. >> On Wednesday afternoon, the seedings for the Section II Class B and Class C tournaments were announced.

Both Hoosick Falls Central School girls and boys basketball teams earned spots in the Class B tournament, while both Cambridge Central School boys and girls basketball teams earned spots in the Class C tournament.

On the girls side, the Hoosick Falls girls basketball team were named the top seed in the Class B bracket, following their terrific 18-2 regular season.

"It's a really great honor for us to earn the number one seed," said Hoosick Falls coach Eamonn DeGraaf. "The girls have worked hard all season to continue the success that we had from last year and I'm happy to see that the hard work that they have been putting in is paying off so far this season."

It's now back-to-back seasons for the Panthers being named the top seed in Class B. Hoosick Falls was the No. 1 seed last year in their run to winning the Class B sectional title and making it to the state final.

The Panthers will host either Cairo-Durham or Broadalbin-Perth, in the first round of the Class B tournament on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Also grabbing a very high seed in their bracket as well was the Cambridge girls basketball team.

The Indians earned the number three seed in the Class C tournament, after finishing the regular season with a 13-7 record.

"Getting the number three seed in the bracket this year really shows how far we have come as a team the past two years," said Cambridge coach Tony Bochette. "The girls have worked really hard to make Cambridge into a solid girls basketball program again and we're just really excited for the opportunity of being the third seed. It give us a great chance to make a run at a sectional title."

Just last season, Cambridge was 7-13 and was a 14 seed last year, losing to Maple Hill in the opening round.

Cambridge will host Rensselaer in the first round on Tuesday at 6 p.m

To the boys side, both Hoosick Falls and Cambridge earned spots in their respective sectional tournaments.

The Hoosick Falls boys basketball team earned the No. 9 seed in the Class B tournament.

The Panthers finished the regular season at 13-7 and were 12-2 in the Wasaren League, which helped them earn their third straight league title.

"The guys worked really hard to help turn around this season and grab a share of the Wasaren League title," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac. "We're playing our best basketball now, which is great because we have a tough task here in playing a very tough Class B tournament this year. Any team can win it, it's that competitive, so we just have to continue to play well and will see how far we can go in it."

Hoosick Falls will go on the road in the first round of the Class B tournament to play Wasaren League rival Mechanicville, who like the Panthers were one of the three teams that earned a share of the league title this season. The teams split their two regular season meetings.

That game will be played on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

In Class C, Cambridge snuck in to grab the number 16 seed in the tournament, with a 7-13 record during the regular season.

Because they are the 16th seed, the Indians will have to play a play-in game to advance to the first round of the tournament.

Cambridge will host Corinth in the only opening round matchup in the Class C tournament, this Friday night at 7 p.m.

If Cambridge were to win that game, they would advance to the first round where they would go on the road to play the top seed in Class C, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, the following Tuesday at 7 p.m.


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