Senior leadership, depth and athleticism should be a winning combination for Hudson Falls this season.
The Tigers finished a game behind Scotia-Glenville in the battle for the league championship last season, but return eight seniors who want to end their careers with a crown.
“Building on the success of last year, we have set high goals,” said Hudson Falls coach Greg Smith.
Although Amanda Ovitt, one of the top inside players in the league last season, graduated, senior
Brielle Bartlett returns to lead the offense. Bartlett averaged just over 10 points per game, and “her ability to drive to the basket and see the entire floor in transition makes her a dominant plyer,” according to Smith.
Julia Derway, a three-starter, will be asked to provide more scoring than she has in the past and junior Lauren Forcier, who battled injuries last season, is healthy and will run the offense from the point.
The Tigers have also added Ashley Bounviaggio, a junior who led the junior varsity in scoring last year.
Scotia-Glenville was hit hard by graduation, losing six players, but senior guards Laura Coderre and Leigha Motta return. Coderre, who averaged 10.4 points per game last year, will run the offense from the point.
“I think scoring will still come hard for us,” said Tartans coach Regan Burns. “We are looking for players to step up and become more of a threat, offensively.”
Two of the Tartans newcomers are sophomore Noel Broadhead and eighth-grader Cassie Broadhead, who moved to the school district from Texas.
Although Johnstown lost
Katie Kollar, the leading scorer in the league last season, coach Tim Derwin thinks his Lady Bills will be right in the battle for the league championship because he has 12 of 14 players returning. “I think we’ll be right there with the top teams,” said Derwin.
The Lady Bills have talent at every position. Senior Gretchen Derwin will be at the point, senior Tiffany Sweet is a good three-point shooter, junior Rebecca Kosowicz is 5-foot-10 and one of the best athletes on the team, and sophomore Hilary Kollar will surprise a lot of teams with her talent.
“I think we’ll be more balanced this year, not as one-dimensional,” said Derwin.
Gloversville only won two league games last season, but the Dragons only lost one senior. “Last year, we struggled to win a game, but were within 10 points of our opponents in the majority of them,” said Dragons coach Robyn Chrzanowski. “The girls worked hard in the offseason to make this year a better experience.”
The Dragons will be guard-
oriented, led by seniors Nicole Webber and Brittany Schubert. “We are small, but we’re very smart and fast,” said Chrzanowski.
Broadalbin-Perth has to replace Olivia McMullen, who was the leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, and to make things tougher for the Patriots, the roster only has two seniors, Michelle Murphy and Liz Ferlazz.
“After losing three players, the newcomers must step it up and fill key roles,” said Patriots coach Julee Hart.
Early-season injuries slowed the progress of South Glens Falls, according to Bulldogs coach Tom Utter. Senior guard Chelsea Carruthers, who averaged 12.0 points per game last year, should be one of the top scorers in the league.
Glens Falls only has one senior, Sarah Mason, on its roster, while Queensbury returns 5-11 senior Erin McLaughlin, who led the Spartans in scoring and rebounding last year.
Coach: Julee Hart.
Last year’s record: 6-8 Foothills, 7-12 overall.
Top returning players: Michelle Murphy, senior; Courtney Stocker, junior; Kaitlyn Westfall, junior, Liz Ferlazz, senior; Asialee Potts, junior, Alecia Weiterschan, junior.
Coach: Dave Montero.
Last year’s record: 8-6, 10-12.
Top returning players: Sarah Mason, Amanda Martin, LIndsay Yole, Kasey Sullivan, Genese Romeo.
Coach: Robyn Chrzanowski.
Last year’s record: 2-12, 4-17.
Top returning players: Nicole Webber, senior, guard; Brittany Schubert, senior, guard; Emily Baldwin, junior, guard; Abbie Carey, junior, forward; Kaitlin Clemente, junior, guard/forward; Kelley Tisinger, junior, guard.
Coach: Tim Derwin.
Last year’s record: 8-6, 10-12.
Top returning players: Gretchen Derwin, senior, guard; Tiffany Sweet, senior, guard/forward; Rebecca Kosowicz, junior, forward/center; Casey Croucher, senior, forward.
Coach: Greg Smith.
Last year’s record: 10-4, 15-7.
Top returning players: Brielle Bartlett, senior, guard; Julia Derway, senior, forward; Lauren Forcier, junior, guard.
Coach: Dave Moses.
Last year’s record: 2-12, 3-18.
Top returning players: Erin McLaughlin, senior, forward; Danelle Bell, junior guard; Chelsey Weaver, senior, guard.
Coach: Regan Burns.
Last year’s record: 11-3, 11-10.
Top returning players: Laura Corderre, senior guard; Leigha Motta, senior, guard.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS
Coach: Tom Utter.
Last year’s record: 9-5, 11-9.
Top returning players: Chelsea Carruthers, guard; Corey Higgins, forward; Katelyn Baker, forward; Alex Toole, guard; Sierra Beckwith, forward.