Shen doesn’t miss a beat

Once Shenendehowa got back onto the court — for something other than a scrimmage — it seemed like t
Shenendehowa's Samira Sangare (30) goes up against Guilderland's Caitlin Corbett (23) and Olivia Baumann (21) during the Class AA Sectional quarterfinals at Shen in Clifton Park on Monday, March 2, 2015.
Shenendehowa's Samira Sangare (30) goes up against Guilderland's Caitlin Corbett (23) and Olivia Baumann (21) during the Class AA Sectional quarterfinals at Shen in Clifton Park on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Once Shenendehowa got back onto the court — for something other than a scrimmage — it seemed like the Lady Plainsmen had never been away.

Shaking off the rust from 20 days without a game, the Lady Plainsmen rolled past Guilderland, 60-25, Monday night in a Section II Class AA girls’ basketball quarterfinal.

The top seed and defending champions will see Suburban Council North rival Shaker in the next round Thursday night at Hudson Valley Community College,

“It was so nice,” said senior point guard Erin Hulbert of playing a game for the first time since breezing past Shaker in the regular-season finale. “It was too much time. It was almost like the beginning of the season again.”

“It was a long layoff for us, so I was worried about being rusty,” said Shenendehowa coach Joe Murphy. “We scrimmaged and did some intrasquad stuff, but until you get back on the court, it’s not the same. It really isn’t.

“We respect every opponent and never look ahead, but the layoff was one thing that really, really worried me.”

The defense jump started the run, and with Sydney Brown dominating the backboards, when the 19-1 Lady Plainsmen weren’t scoring off a steal, they were piling up points on the fast break.

“Samira [Sangare] had five steals at halftime. She was active defensively, which is always a good thing for us,” said Murphy. “We just tried to control the game by using our defense to prep our offense.”

After Guilderland got to within 12-9 late in the first quarter, Shenendehowa took over, outscoring the Lady Dutch, 23-5, for the remainder of the first half.

As usual, reigning league MVP Carly Boland led the offense, finishing with 25 points.

“We scrimmaged a lot of teams and did some intrasquad scrimmages to keep our minds focused,” Boland said. “In practice, we can do whatever we want. We had to grind over the weeks and try to incorporate as many game situations as we could.

“Nothing compares to actual games, so it was nice to get back on the court. Once we got in the flow of things after the first few minutes, we played very well.”

“We were definitely rusty in the beginning,” said Hulbert. “It wasn’t hard to get back into it, but we were definitely a little rusty. I think toward the end we were all glad to be back at it.”

One player who wasn’t rusty was Brown. The sophomore scored 15 points and was credited with 13 rebounds, though it seemed like more.

“Every game, coach stresses how important defense is, and controlling the boards is an important part of the game,” she said. “I got used to it over the years, boxing out and battling on the boards.”

She also had the highlight basket, getting nothing but net on a put back where she was falling under the basket.

“I just kind of went in and threw it up,” she said. “I was falling to the ground.”

“Syd Brown was tremendous on the glass,” Murphy said. “Some of the putbacks she had were phenomenal, like the one she was undercut and got the and-one. She was tremendous.

“When she drives base line and does that jump stop, she elevates over her kid and finishes at the rim. She’s tough.”

And she’s experienced enough to know her team’s work isn’t over, not with Shaker looking to make amends from the last game between the teams.

“Beating them last time doesn’t mean anything, because they’re going to be after it,” Brown said. “It’s sectionals now, so it’s a different type of basketball.”

Becky Rossier scored seven of her game-high 23 points in overtime as No. 4 seed Shaker survived a knock-down, drag-out battle with Columbia, 52-44, in the other game played at Shen.

Columbia managed only one basket during the fourth quarter and OT, Selena Lott’s driving hoop with 4.1 seconds left that forced OT at 41-41.

CeCe Mayo added 11 points for the Blue Bison. Natassja Johnston and Lott scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the No. 5 Blue Devils.

Gabby Giacone produced 24 points, and Emily Wander backed her up with 14 to lift No. 2 seed Bethlehem over Catholic Central, 62-43, in the second game of a double-header on the Lady Eagles’ court.

Sixth-seeded Colonie used a 12-4 second-quarter run to beat No. 3 Albany, 63-55, in the first game at Bethlehem.

Aliyah Wright poured in 22 points, while Erin Fouracre (16) and Aliyah Massaconi (15) combined for 31 more to pace the Garnet Raiders.

Mylah Chandler scored a game-high 24 for the Falcons.



Eckhardt 3-0-9, Corbett 1-0-3, Golderman 1-4-6, Lindsay 2-0-4, Benjamin 0-1-1, Warner 1-0-2. Totals: 8-5-25.


Boland 10-2-25, Brown 7-1-15, Hulbert 3-0-8, Sangare 0-3-3, O’Brien 1-1-3, Patchell 1-0-2, Stalter 1-0-2, Tudor 1-0-2. Totals: 24-7-60.

Guilderland 9 5 10 1 — 25

Shenendehowa 18 17 10 5 — 60

Three-point goals: Eckhardt 3, Corbett, Boland 2, Hulbert 2.



Martino 2-2-6, Smith 2-1-7, Mayo 3-5-11, DeNault 2-0-5, Rossier 7-9-23. Totals: 16-17-52.


Jaromin 2-2-7, Arno 1-0-2, Johnston 4-5-13, Heeps 3-0-8, Lott 5-2-12, Lettrick 1-0-2. Totals: 16-9-44.

Shaker 12 5 16 8 11 — 52

Columbia 14 9 14 4  3 — 44

Three-point goals: Smith 2, DeNault, Jaromin, Heeps 2.



Elem 2-1-5, Fountain 5-0-12, J. Engster 0-1-1, Clement 1-0-3, Benton 2-0-6, Purcell 4-1-10, T. Engster 2-0-4, Chaisson 1-0-2. Totals: 17-3-43.


Rickert 2-2-7, J. Giacone 3-3-9, G. Giacone 11-2-24, Wander 5-2-14, Hughes 2-2-6, O’Donnell 0-2-2. Totals: 23-13-62.

Catholic Central 10 12 10 11 — 43

Bethlehem 12 14 14 17 — 62

Three-point goals: Rickert, Wander 2, Fountain 2, Clement, Benton 2, Purcell.



Almonte 1-4-6, Fouracre 6-4-16, Kelly 1-0-2, Massaconi 6-3-15, Paeglow 1-0-2, Wright 5-11-22. Totals: 20-22-63.


Chandler 10-4-24, Dollard 3-6-12, Foulks 0-1-1, Harris 1-0-2, Johnson 1-0-3, Richards 2-0-4, Whelan 0-2-2, Wilson 2-2-7. Totals: 19-15-55.

Colonie 15 12 12 24 — 63

Albany 15  4 17 19 — 55

Three-point goals: Wright, Johnson, Wilson.

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