Dominant third leads Cambridge past Hoosick Falls

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Cambridge girls basketball team has the ability to flip the script of a game in short order.

With its pressure-filled defense and ability to get our in transition, opponents can get flustered trying to deal with their play.

Up six points at the half, the Indians used swarming defense to cause turnover after turnover in the third quarter as they topped rival Hoosick Falls 58-33 on the road.

The third quarter was dominated by Sophie Phillips and Lilly Phillips and their on-ball defense that never allowed the Panthers to find any sort of offensive rhythm.

The twin guards forced steals and quickly got out in transition to create an opportunity on the other end. The pair combined for 12 of Cambridge's 16 points in the frame as they brought a 16-point lead into the final quarter.

Sophie Phillips led the Indians with 21 points and was a major presence on the boards with eight rebounds. She also shot 40 percent from three-point range, including three made 3's in the first quarter.

Lilly Phillips stepped up her game in a big way in the second half, scoring 11 of her 14 points after the break, adding six rebounds to her line as well.

Logan Thayne almost single-handily kept Hoosick Falls afloat in the first half. Just in the second, she scored 10 of her team's 12 points.

Thayne dominated to the tune of 16 points and 10 rebounds before the break. Heading into the half, Thayne had all of the Panthers points, other than two baskets from senior Olivia Brownell.

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After halftime, the Indians pretty much shut the section's second-leading scorer down. Fueled by some really strong defense in the post from Cambridge forward Fiona Mooney, the Indians kept the ball out of Thayne's hands and when she got the ball, they were quick to cover.

Thayne was held to just two second-half points to get her to 18 points on the night, pulling down 14 rebounds for the double-double as well.

Only Brownell (nine points) and Grace Wysocki (six points) scored around Thayne.

For the second half, Cambridge outscored the Panthers 32-13.

Hoosick Falls turned the ball over 23 times, compared to Cambridge, who only gave up the ball eight times.

Along with some great defense on Thayne, Mooney had a strong day offensively, racking up 10 points. Freshman Stasia Epler added seven points.

The win moves Cambridge to 6-1 on the season, while Hoosick Falls drops to 7-4.

Both squads have some tough Wasaren League tests late in the week. The Indians will play Mechanicville at home on Friday, while the Panthers play Hoosic Valley on the road.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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