Panthers earn No. 2 seed in Class B
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- On the strength of a perfect Wasaren League campaign, beating Class C No. 1 Lake George and Class D power Argyle and Hoosic Valley twice, the Hoosick Falls Central School boys basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming New York basketball sectional tournament.
"We have a pretty good resume, but the committee wanted to keep Voorheesville and Cohoes away from each other," said Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac, referring to the top-seeded Blackbirds and No. 3 seed Tigers, who each play in the Colonial Council. "It's not that big of a difference and Class B will be a very hard bracket throughout."
Hoosick Falls will start the tournament on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner between No. 15 Coxsackie and No. 18 Corinth, a game that goes Saturday night. If the Panthers get past that first round game, a date with either No. 7 Taconic Hills or No. 10 Schalmont awaits at Shenendehowa High School on Feb. 21.
The Panthers are 17-1 this season, the only loss to Mount Anthony in early January and have three players averaging more than 11 points a game -- Andrew Hoag, Austin Pitt and Mark Hackett.
That balance makes it difficult for opponents, who sometimes just have to pick their poison.
"It makes it tough to guard us," Lilac said. "Last night, [MAU] guarded Andrew, he only scored two points, but it opened the lane for Austin."
The Cambridge boys declined to participate in sectionals after a 1-17 year.
On the girls side, Hoosick Falls earned the 6th seed and a home game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against No. 11 Voorheesville after a 11-7 season overall.
The Panthers have four players over 100 points this season, including sisters Kelly and Rachel Pine, sophomore Megan Flynn and senior captain Carsen Williams.
If Hoosick Falls gets past its opening round matchup, they'll face either No. 3 Johnstown or the winner between Greenville and Corinth.
The Cambridge girls are in the Class C tournament after finishing 7-11 this season overall. They've got the No. 12 seed and travel to No. 5 Middleburgh on Tuesday.
Senior Sarah Cuddihy leads the Indians, averaging more than 11 points per game, while Helen Mooney (107) and Lilly Snyder (106) each have contributed more than 100 points for coach Doug Luke's team.
If Cambridge can pull the upset, they'll face either No. 4 Lake George or No. 13 Mekeel Christian in the quarterfinals.
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