Mohonasen falls to Averill Park in Class A

Averill Park too much for Mohonasen in the Class A girls' sectional final.
Recovering a fourth period rebound, Averill Park’s Katie Duma looks to pass to a teammate as Mohonasen’s Nicole Adach watches from the floor.
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Recovering a fourth period rebound, Averill Park’s Katie Duma looks to pass to a teammate as Mohonasen’s Nicole Adach watches from the floor.

There was a moment in the second quarter when Mohonasen’s confidence was soaring, and the Warriors felt momentum pulling their way.

The Mighty Warriors had just gone on a 10-0 run to close to within 20-14 of Averill Park late in the first half of the Section II Class A girls’ basketball championship at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday afternoon.

“We knew at that point,” Moh­onasen coach Meredith Eberz said, “we could play with them.”

But after Averill Park coach Sean Organ called a timeout, AP scored the final two baskets of the half and continued to roll after halftime en route to a 55-26 victory.

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Boys: Class AA, Class A, Class B, Class CC, Class C, Class D.

Girls: Class AA, Class A, Class B, Class CC, Class C, Class D.

Top-seeded Averill Park (18-5), ranked No. 13 in the state, next faces Section 10 winner Malone-Franklin Academy, ranked No. 11, in the regional semifinals Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Adirondack Community College.

No. 2 seed Mohonasen ended its season at 9-14. The Mighty Warriors were seeking their first sectional championship since 2002, when they won the Class B title.

Averill Park, which won the sectional crown in 2006, used tight defense to force Mohonasen into 27 turnovers while also dominating the boards. AP outrebounded Mohonasen 45-22, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds.

“We emphasize defense all season long, but especially in the post­season,” Organ said. “They really got going this week in practice. They bought into our game plan.”

Averill Park also benefited from fresh legs in its overwhelming defense, shuttling players on and off the court. The Warriors led, 20-4, when Katie Duma scored an inside bucket with 6:23 remaining before halftime.

Though junior forward Nicole Adach hit a free throw 66 seconds later, the two teams went scoreless for nearly three minutes, until sophomore Ashley Tallman hit a short baseline jumper with 2:33 to go in the half.

That sparked Mohonasen.

Tallman sank a three-pointer above the left corner 32 seconds later, junior guard Michelle Aviza hit an inside bucket off an AP turnover, and Tallman hit another jumper off an inbound pass from Aviza, shaking off a defender and sinking a

14-footer to bring Mohonasen to within 20-14 with 51 seconds remaining.

Organ quickly called a timeout, though, and Averill Park closed the half with two field goals for a

24-14 lead.

“I think the timeout broke the momentum,” Adach said. “We had the momentum going for a while.”

“They stepped up their intensity even more coming out of that timeout and that was the difference,” Eberz said.

Mohonasen got no closer than 10 points after halftime, when Adach hit a jumper 1:40 into the third quarter to make it 26-16. Averill Park responded with an 11-1 run to take a 37-17 lead with 55 seconds left in the third quarter on a bucket by tourn­ament MVP Katie McGrath.

“After halftime, we came back out and were like, we’re close, we can get them,” Aviza said. “They just kind of did their run. . . . Averill Park, they have that energy. Their 3-2 trap is amazing.”

McGrath scored 13 points with 10 rebounds. Duma joined her on the All-Tournament team with 11 points and 10 boards.

Adach, who scored nine points with 10 rebounds, and Aviza, who scored eight points, led the Mighty Warriors. Both were named to the all-tournament team.

Mohonasen will graduate six sen­iors, but only Brittany Somelofske off the starting lineup, which includes freshman point guard Lea McClain.

“It’s going to help tremendously because I know we’ll be back next year,” Adach said. “We’re going to come back and it’s just going to mot­ivate us that much more to come back and be ready.”

“Next year we’re looking forward to it,” Aviza said. “We have strong kids coming back.”

MOHONASEN

Adach 4-1-9, Aviza 3-1-8, Lashin 1-0-2, Tallman 3-0-7. Totals: 11-2-26.

AVERILL PARK

Windover 0-1-1, Bri. O’Shea 2-4-9, Duma 4-0-11, McGrath 5-3-13, O’Sullivan 2-0-4, Rocco 1-0-2, Hawes 1-0-2, Bro. O’Shea 4-1-9, Dushensky 1-2-4. Totals: 20-11-55.

Mohonasen 4 10 7 5 — 26

Averill Park 13 11 15 16 — 55

Three-point goals: Aviza, Tallman, Bri. O’Shea, Duma 3.

indians, scots win

Kayla Ryan scored 16 points, and Carolyn Houston added 12, as

Hoosic Valley defeated Cohoes,

46-35, for the Class B championship.

Ryan scored six of her points in the third period, when the Indians turned a one-point deficit into a four-point edge.

Argyle jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first period and went on to beat Sharon Springs, 55-23, in the Class D title game.

CLASS B

HOOSIC VALLEY 46, COHOES 35

COHOES

Butler 2-0-4, K.Maloney 2-2-7, Galuski 1-3-7, Rivage 1-0-3, Keeler 2-2-6, M.Maloney 2-0-6, Dearstyne 1-0-2. Totals: 11-8-35.

HOOSIC VALLEY

Ryan 7-2-16, Anderson 3-3-9, Barton 1-0-2, Houston 5-0-12, Chapko 3-0-7. Totals: 19-5-46.

Cohoes 8 15 8  4 — 35

Hoosic Valley 13 9 13 11 — 46

Three-point goals: K.Maloney, Galuski, Rivage, M.Maloney 2, Houston 2, Chapko.

CLASS D

ARGYLE 55, SHARON SPRINGS 23

SHARON SPRINGS

Christman 1-0-2, Cummings 2-0-4, Euler 1-0-2, Quimby 1-0-3, Tomaszewski 5-1-11, Varin 0-1-1. Totals: 10-2-23.

ARGYLE

Caden 1-1-4, Frye 1-0-2, Hughes 2-1-5, Jones 0-1-1, King 3-0-7, McWhorter 1-1-3, Pinkowski 5-0-10, Salerno 7-7-23. Totals: 20-11-55.

Sharon Springs 5  6 1 11 — 23

Argyle 17 4 15 19 — 55

Three-point goals: Quimby, Caden, King, Salerno 2.

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