Maple Hills girls repeat as champions

No. 1 Maple Hill (22-1), which won the Class C title last year with a defensive-minded 30-19 victory

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No. 1 Maple Hill (22-1), which won the Class C title last year with a defensive-minded 30-19 victory over Schenectady Christian, repeated as champion tonight with a 44-29 victory over No. 2 Greenwich (17-6).

The Lady Wildcats, who went undefeated in the Patroon Conference for the second consecutive year to win the regular-season crown, were led by 6-foot-1 sophomore Katie Roth, who scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds en route to tournament MVP honors. Teammate Anna Racz scored 11 points.

The Lady Witches, who were third in the Wasaren League, got to within three points of Maple Hill with 37.9 seconds in the third quarter, when Savannah White drove in for a layup. But the Lady Wildcats held Greenwich to only five points for the rest of the game to pull away for the title.

White and Emily Eddy each scored eight points to lead the Lady Witches. Dani DeGregory grabbed eight rebounds.

Canajoharie’s Mackenzie Stahler was named to the Class C all-tournament team. The Lady Cougars fell to Maple Hill, 42-21, in the semifinals on Wednesday.

In Class CC, Carolyn Houston had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals as Hoosic Valley won its fourth consecutive Section II championship with a 25-23 victory over Voorheesville.

The Lady Indians will face Maple Hill on Monday in the Class CC-C playoff for the right to advance to the state tournament.

Houston, the tournament MVP, converted a three-point play with 1:09 remaining in the game to give Hoosic Valley the lead for good. Neither team scored after that.

Top-seeded Hoosic Valley (22-1) won three consecutive sectional titles coming in, winning the Class B title last year and taking the Class CC and combined C-CC championships in 2006 and 2007. The Lady Indians were also state regional champs in 2007 and 2008.

No. 2 Voorheesville (17-6), back in a sectional championship game for the first time since winning the Class B title in 2004 and seven years after winning the Class C state crown, led 23-22 with 1:56 remaining when Elizabeth Madden hit two free throws.

Neither team led by more than five in a physical game featuring smothering defense. Hoosic Valley grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to the Lady Blackbirds’ seven, though Voorheesville outrebounded the Indians, 37-32.

Samantha Anderson grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven steals for Hoosic Valley.

Casey Becerra scored eight points to lead Voorheesville. Sarah Goss grabbed nine rebounds and Madden had seven boards.

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