Bubble bursts for Schenectady Christian in Class C title game

Schenectady Christian School suffers its first girls' basketball loss of the season in the Class C t

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Sarah Child called it an unforgettable season.

But Maple Hill ended the Lady Falcons’ memorable ride, dealing Schenectady Christian its first loss of the season with a defensive-minded 30-19 victory in the Section II, Class C championship at Hudson Valley Community College Friday night.

The loss snapped the top-seeded Lady Falcons’ 22-game winning streak.

In the Class CC championship, No. 2 Watervliet closed the game on a 16-2 run to shock No. 1 Mech­anicville, 31-27. The Red Raiders led, 25-15, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Maple Hill (22-1) and Watervliet (16-6) will meet in the Class C-CC playoff on Monday at HVCC. The winner will advance to the state Class C tournament.

In the Class C title game, No. 2 Maple Hill held Schenectady Christian (22-1) to just five field goals — one in the second half — in winning the school’s first girls’ sectional basketball title.

Facing a physical and hounding defensive effort, Schenectady Christian turned the ball over 23 times and did not have a player in double figures — Heidi Frazer scored six points and Child added four points with a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Falcons had trouble getting the ball inside to Child, who is among the area’s leading scorers. When the ball did reach Child, she faced tight defense in the low post from centers Sarah Timmons and Katie Roth.

“Their guards are so much bigger and longer than our guards, it’s hard for our guards to get it in there,” Schenectady Christian coach Paul Brosious said. “But also they were pushing Sarah out, so when she did get it, she was much farther out than we wanted her to be.”

The Falcons got off to a quick start, leading, 8-3, with 1:59 to go in the first quarter when Amanda Brush swished a jumper. They were still up with five minutes left before halftime when Bethany Goodrich sent a corner-to-corner baseline pass to Monica Compton, who drilled a three-pointer for an 11-6 lead.

But the Wildcats closed to tie it at 11-11 on Timmons’ foul shot 29 seconds before the break, and took a 13-11 lead 1:10 into the second half on a drive by tournament MVP Steph­anie Racz (11 points). Child tied it 32 seconds later with two free throws, but Jessica Dailey responded with a foul line jumper and Maple Hill never trailed again.

“I was proud of the kids — they kept battling,” Brosious said. “They did all they could.”

“[Coach] knows we worked hard. He knows we came back against all odds — we beat teams when we had two of our starters missing,” Child said. “Everyone stepped up this year, everyone worked hard.”

After the Class CC title game, Mechanicville coach Bob Murphy had a hard time trying to decide which was more painful — the loss or his recent leg surgery following a slip on the ice.

The Red Raiders (18-4) led, 25-15, when Kelly Murphy slashed in for a layup with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.

But keyed by its strong defense and a timely finish by junior guard Tierney McGlynn, Watervliet held the Red Raiders scoreless for the final 5:52 after Kayla Baker made a nice post-up move around a defender for a 27-20 Mechanicville lead.

From there, Molly McGrouty hit a free throw, Paige Colfer swished a three-pointer from the right corner and McGlynn sank a three from the opposite corner to tie it at 27-27 with 2:45 to go. Little more than a minute later, McGlynn hit a jumper from the right side for a 29-27 lead with 1:37 remaining.

Watervliet held Mechanicville’s senior starting guards, Kelly Murphy and Lindsey McKeever, to a combined 10 points.

“They’re awesome guards,” Wat­ervliet coach Gordie Johnson said. “We’ve been defending those two guards for four years, and I’m not going to miss them even a little bit. I’m really not.”

CLASS CC

WATERVLIET 31, MECHANCIVILLE 27

WATERVLIET

McGrouty 0-1-1, McGlynn 3-0-9, Colfer 3-0-9, Blakemore 3-3-9, Paff 1-0-3. Totals: 12-4-31.

MECHANICVILLE

Murphy 2-2-7, McKeever 0-3-3, McBride 2-1-7, Mastropietro 1-0-2, Baker 1-0-2, Bagnoli 1-0-2, Bouyea 1-0-2, Manupella 1-0-2. Totals: 9-6-27.

Watervliet 6   5  7 13 — 31

Mechanicville 4 11 10 2  — 27

Three-point goals: McGlynn, Colfer, Paff, Murphy, McBride 2.

CLASS C

MAPLE HILL 30,

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 19

MAPLE HILL

Arno 2-1-6, Racz 3-5-11, Dailey 1-1-3, Timmons 0-1-1, Kleinhans 1-1-3, Roth 2-2-6. Totals: 9-11-30.

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Slater 1-0-2, Frazer 1-3-6, Child 1-2-4, A.Brush 1-0-3, Goodrich 0-1-1, Compton 1-0-3. Totals: 5-6-19.

Maple Hill 4 7 8 11 — 30

Schen. Christian 8 3 4   4 — 19

Three-point goals: Arno, Frazer, A.Brush, Compton.

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