Categories: High School Sports
Hoosic Valley had plenty of second chances at the offensive end of the court Friday night, but couldn’t do much with them.
Until it mattered.
Carolyn Houston followed her own shot after missing the rim, put the ball back up, sank a basket and drew a foul with 1:09 remaining in the Section II Class CC championship game at Hudson Valley Community College. She drained the free throw to complete the three-point play, giving the Lady Indians the lead, 25-23.
Neither team could score after that, as Hoosic Valley won its fourth consecutive Section II championship by defeating Voorheesville.
“I just knew just after it fell off my fingers I wasn’t hitting anything,” Houston said of her initial shot. “So I had to go get it.”
Houston, the tournament MVP, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals for the top-seeded Lady Indians (22-1), who will face Maple Hill on Monday for the right to advance to the state tournament. The Lady Wildcats won the Class C title with a 44-29 victory over Greenwich earlier Friday night at HVCC.
“[Houston] had been short-shooting all night, but she knew to go after that ball the minute it left her hand,” Hoosic Valley coach Walter Dorman said. “We’re just grateful she went and got it.”
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. But the Lady Blackbirds couldn’t score again.
Voorheesville inbounded the ball with 19.8 seconds remaining, but were unable to find an opening through a thicket of Hoosic Valley defenders before the Indians’ Carlee Chapko stole it on the right wing and quickly called timeout with 6.2 seconds to go.
“I saw it coming — I just went for it, hoping I got it, and I was able to get the ball and call a timeout right away … so we could get organized and get our game-plan down,” Chapko said.
After inbounding, Hoosic Valley successfully avoided the Blackbirds during the waning seconds before celebrating on the court after the buzzer.
Neither team led by more than five in a physical game featuring smothering defense and almost as many combined turnovers (45) as points (48). Hoosic Valley, the Wasaren League champion, grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to the Lady Blackbirds’ seven, though Voorheesville outrebounded the Indians, 37-32.
Voorheesville won only five games two seasons ago, but won state titles in 1998 and 2002. Before taking the Section II Class B crown in 2004, the Lady Blackbirds won eight consecutive sectional titles from 1995 to 2002.
“I told them they left a great legacy,” Voorheesville coach Bob Baron said. “They raised the bar again in Voorheesville basketball. From where they were two years ago, it’s hard to image they’d be where they are.”
In the Class C title game, No. 1 Maple Hill (22-1), which defeated Schenectady Christian for the Class C title last year, repeated as champions 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, were led by 6-foot-1 sophomore Katie Roth, who scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds en route to tournament MVP honors.
The Lady Witches were within three points of Maple Hill with 37.9 seconds in the third quarter when Savannah White drove in for a layup, making it 27-24. But the Lady Wildcats held Greenwich to only five points for the rest of the game to pull away for the title.
CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP
MAPLE HILL 44, GREENWICH 29
DeGregory 1-0-2, White 4-0-8, Eddy 3-1-8, Woodward 2-0-4, Fitzgerald 2-1-5, Anuszewski 1-0-2. Totals: 13-2-29.
Roth 4-4-12, DerGurahian 2-2-8, Racz 4-3-11, Arno 2-4-8, Hendrick 1-0-2, O’Connor 1-0-3. Totals: 14-13-44.
Greenwich 6 9 9 5 — 29
Maple Hill 13 8 8 15 — 44
Three-point goals: Eddy, DerGurahian 2, O’Connor.
CLASS CC CHAMPIONSHIP
HOOSIC VALLEY 25, VOORHEESVILLE 23
Becerra 3-1-8, Madden 1-2-4, Goss 1-2-4, Glath 1-0-2, Creed 0-0-0, Pritchard 2-1-5. Totals: 8-6-23.
Houston 5-5-16, Moore 0-0-0, Anderson 2-1-5, Davidson 0-1-1, Chapko 1-0-3. Totals: 8-7-25.
Voorheesville 2 6 10 5 — 23
Hoosic Valley 2 7 9 7 — 25
Three-point goals: Becerra, Houston, Chapko.