High Schools: Averill Park wins, has chance to defend girls’ basketball state title

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Averill Park showed its state tournament prowess Saturday with a 64-38 win over Indian River in a Class A girls’ basketball state quarterfinal at Hudson Valley Community College. 

Taylor Holohan made 11 of 12 field goals on her way to a game-high 30 points to lead the Warriors (22-2), who shot 55.6% from the field. Kayleigh Ahern added 10 points. Bailee Lange added five points, eight assists and four steals. Indian River got 10 points from Keera LaDonde. Averill Park, the defending state champion, will play Walter Panas in a state semifinal at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Saige Randolph had 14 points as Albany Academy topped Saranac 62-37 in Class B action. Eva Gitto and Stylianna Mantzouris added 11 and 10, respectively, for the Bears (24-1), who led 44-12 at halftime. They will play the Putnam Valley in a state semifinal at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Greenwich had its way in a 60-32 Class C win over Canton. Brooke Kuzmich led the winners with 26 points. The Witches (25-0) will play defending state champion Millbrook in a state semifinal at 2:15 p.m. next Saturday.

Liverpool outscored Albany 16-10 in the fourth quarter to earn a 56-51 win in Class AA. Nevaeh Wingate led Liverpool with 18 points. Shonyae Edmonds’ 21 points led Albany. Nevaeh House and Azera Gates each added 10.


Catholic Central outscored Potsdam 27-7 in the first quarter en route to a 72-34 win in the Class B boys’ basketball state quarterfinal.

Conor Gemmill’s 12 points led a balanced Crusaders attack, as five players had nine points or more. Darien Moore had 11 points, including six from the foul line, to go with six rebounds. Aidan Prunty added 10 points. Catholic Central (24-1) plays Southampton in a state semifinal at 9 a.m. Saturday at Glens Falls’ Cool Insuring Arena.

North Warren trailed 15-8 after the first quarter, but came back to top Schroon Lake 64-59 in Class D. Sean Evans made four 3-pointers on his way to a 26-point night for North Warren. Semaj Cuyler added 13 points and four steals. Elijah Horge scored 11 points. Schroon Lake made 11 3-pointers in the game. The Cougars (18-5) will play Chapel Field Christian in the state semifinals at 12:30 p.m. next Saturday.

In Class AA action, Green Tech shot 20% from the field in the first half and never recovered in a 65-49 loss to Liverpool.

Canton put on a late charge to defeat Chatham 64-59 in Class C.


La Salle’s Zach Bombard rolled a 1,410 series to turn in the top boys’ performance in the NYSPHSAA Championships composite division at Strike-N-Spare Lanes in Syracuse. Bombard rolled games of 243, 235, 215, 214, 227 and 276.

Mechanicville’s Jason Walker, who finished with a 1265 series in 18th place, rolled a perfect 300 in the last game.

Other Section II boys’ series were from Stillwater’s Julian Connor (1,243, 23rd), Saratoga Springs’ Macallan Gagne (1,190, 37th), Lansingburgh’s Daniel Goldston (1,186, 38th) and Johnstown’s Darryn Fallis (1,116, 51st).

In the girls’ composite, Colonie’s Amy Chrzanowski had the third-highest series with a 1,312, including a high game of 259. Other Section II series came from Glens Falls’ Jocelyn Smith (1,207, 17th), Columbia’s Cierra Gabriel (1,196, 20th), Middleburgh’s Delilah Shultes (1,156, 28th), Scotia-Glenville’s Savannah Swiatocha (1,141, 32nd) and Columbia’s Jen Doty (1,118, 34th).

On Friday, Mohonasen’s girls’ team placed third in the Division 1 team standings with 5,300 pins. Baldwinsville won with 5,680. Madyson Jones led Mohonasen with a 1,123. Kianna Macapinlac had a 1,116. The other complete series came from Giovanna Fowler (1,051).

Shenendehowa rolled a 6,203 to place fourth in the boys’ Division I team standings. Elmira won with 6,314. Jackson Brewer led the Plainsmen with a 1,281. Jonathan Millis was just behind him with a 1,278. Jeremy Shafer had a 1,273. Frank Ferrari rolled a 1,191, while Jonathan Bauer had a 1,180.

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