Thayne dominates as Hoosick Falls tops Greenwich
HOOSICK, N.Y. — Hoosick Falls girls basketball center Logan Thayne tends to step up her game in the most crucial matchups and she did just that Friday night against a strong Greenwich squad.
Behind a dominant effort from Thayne, the Panthers cruised to a 55-38 win against the Witches to pick up valuable momentum in the Wasaren League.
Coming into Friday's matchup, the buzz around the game was that this would be a battle of the two top scorers in Section II, Thayne and Greenwich's Molly Brophy.
Brophy came in first in the section in scoring at 28.4 points per game, while Thayne wasn't too far behind in the second at 25.9.
When the final buzzer sounded, it was clear that Thayne won that battle Friday night.
The junior went for a double-double scoring 26 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. She was a dominant presence on the defensive end as well with five blocks.
Thayne missed the Panthers' previous game against Lake George with an injury, but returned with a vengeance against the Witches.
"Logan is one of the premier players and she works really hard at it," said Hoosick Falls coach Ken Facin. "When she's in the paint and demanding the ball, she's a very powerful player. We're very proud of her for playing through some soreness. It was a great effort all the way around."
Brophy was kept in check throughout the first half, scoring just two points ahead of the break. Lillian Hickey was tasked with guarding Greenwich's star player, and once she found some foul trouble, Grace Wysocki stepped onto her and did a great job as well.
Brophy found her offense in the second half, scoring nine points after the break to rack up 11 for the night.
Keeping a player averaging almost 30 points per game to just 11 points was a major reason the Panthers took control of Friday's game.
"To hold a player of her caliber to 11 points is a total team effort defensively," Facin said. "I'm proud of the way they played because she's such a good athlete. That's what helped us win the game. We held the Section II leading scorer to 11 points."
Hoosick Falls started out the game struggling a bit offensively, but once they fed the ball into the post for Thayne and Maddy Walker, they started to find some rhythm. Thayne was the lone Panther scorer in the second quarter, but she single-handily outscored Greenwich by a 10-7 margin, giving Hoosick Falls a two-point lead at the half.
Hoosick Falls really took the game into its hands in the third quarter with strong efforts on both ends. For the first half of the quarter, they held the Witches scoreless and offensively, multiple girls were getting in on the act. A pair of 3's by Grace Wysocki and a trio of baskets by Faith Adamczenko paced Hoosick Falls to an 18-7 advantage in the frame.
"It was important to come out with a lot of energy and play with a lot of poise as well and I'm really proud of how the girls played," Facin said. "[Greenwich] is a tough opponent, who is well-coached, so I'm really happy with how we came out in the third quarter."
Wysocki scored nine points, while Hickey and Adamczenko added seven and six points respectively.
Hoosick Falls improves to 7-3 on the season and has a big test next Tuesday, as they play rival Cambridge (5-1) at home. Tip off is set for 7:30.
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