High schools: Schalmont girls’ basketball advances to state final four for 1st time

Schalmont’s Haley Burchhardt with the ball against Gouverneur’s Alexis Devlin and Torie Salisbury during a Class B high school basketball game in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
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Schalmont’s Haley Burchhardt with the ball against Gouverneur’s Alexis Devlin and Torie Salisbury during a Class B high school basketball game in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The Schalmont girls’ basketball team won its first NYSPHSAA regional championship in program history, rolling to a 54-30 win over Saranac in the Class B final on Sunday at Clinton Community College.

After a slow first quarter that ended in a 6-6 tie, Schalmont erupted in the second quarter with an 18-3 run to lead 24-9 at the half. Saranac pulled within 12 after three, but a 17-5 fourth quarter sealed Schalmont’s win as the Sabres improved to 25-1.

In the team’s first-ever state semifinal appearance, Schalmont will face Section III champion General Brown on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.

In the Class AA regional final at HVCC, Albany fell 62-60 in overtime to Section III champion Cicero-North Syracuse. Alita Carey-Santangelo scored both the tying bucket late in the fourth quarter and the go-ahead basket in overtime for Cicero-North Syracuse.

Hartford advanced to the Class D girls’ final four with a 57-51 win over Section VII’s Boquet Valley at Clinton Community College, with Karlee Nims scoring a game-high 29 points in the win. The Tanagers will face Section III’s Copenhagen in the state semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. at HVCC.

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OESJ KEEPS ROLLING

Mason Snell scored 18 points, and both Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck and Owen Feagles contributed 16 points as the OESJ boys’ basketball team advanced to the state Class D final four with a 57-47 regional championship win over Section VII’s Seton Catholic at Clinton Community College.

OESJ led 17-14 after one quarter, then outscored Seton Catholic 15-5 in the second quarter to open up a 32-19 lead. 

Seton Catholic pulled within 40-31 after three quarters, but Snell helped seal the win with a perfect 6 for 6 performance at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. As a team, OESJ was 11 of 12 at the charity stripe in the second half.

Alex Coupal scored 18 points for Seton Catholic.
OESJ will face Prattsburgh/Avoca in the state semifinals on Friday at 11:15 a.m. at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Green Tech advanced to the Class AA final four with a 71-67 overtime win over Section III’s Liverpool at Hudson Valley Community College. The Eagles’ state semifinal opponent on Friday at 7:45 p.m. in Glens Falls will be Section VI’s Jamestown.

Ichabod Crane raced into the Class B final four with a 75-31 win over Plattsburgh at Clinton Community College. The Riders, who were led by 23 points from Daniel Warner and 20 points from Brett Richards, will face Section VI champion Allegany-Limestone in the state semis on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena.

MOHONASEN, SARATOGA BOWLERS COMPETE AT STATES

The Mohonasen girls finished fifth and the Saratoga Springs boys were sixth in the NYSPHSAA Division 1 bowling championships at AMF Strike-’N-Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

In the girls’ competition, Mohonasen finished with 5,185 pins, 689 behind first-place North Rockland. Leading Mohonasen’s individual efforts was Katilyn Gaudio with a 218-1,081 series. Gaudio was Mohonasen’s only bowler to compete in all six games. The Warriors also got high games of 223 from Brianna Matteo and 220 from Madyson Jones.

Saratoga Springs finished the boys’ competition with 5,725 pins, 500 behind North Rockland, which swept both Division 1 titles. The Blue Streaks’ Chris Youngs had the eighth-best individual effort of the day with a 259-1,296. Also for Saratoga Springs, Luke Rupp fired a 248-1,216, Macallan Gagne bowled a 220-1,105, Brady Jennings tallied a 212-1,081 and Cameron Lehnert recorded a 204-1,027.

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