Scotia-Glenville cleared a big hurdle in Tuesday night’s Class A girls’ basketball semifinal double-header at Colonie High School.
Mohonasen, though, couldn’t quite clear the biggest obstacle in the tournament.
Monica Compton scored 21 points, Cassie Broadhead added 17, and the No. 2-seeded Lady Tartans made 19 of their 23 free throws in beating Holy Names, 51-35, to reach their first sectional final under coach Regan Burns.
The Lady Warriors gave a great effort, but came up short in the second game, falling to two-time defending champion Averill Park, 48-41.
Scotia and Averill Park will play for the title Saturday at 1:45 at Hudson Valley Community College. Mohonasen hung with Averill Park, trailing the No. 1 seed by just five points, 31-26, heading into the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think Mohonasen gets enough credit for the defense they play,” said Averill Park coach Sean Organ, whose team beat Mohonasen in last year’s final, the third time in four years the Suburban Council rivals played for a sectional title. “They’re one of the most physical teams in Class A. They are extremely well-coached.
“We’d prefer an up-and-down game, and they would prefer it to be a low score, grind it out, possession by possession.”
Mohonasen turned it into just that kind of game, despite only scoring one basket in the third period. With senior forward Samantha Hall fouling out two minutes into the fourth quarter, and senior point guard Sara McGrath following soon after, Mohonasen ran out of bodies.
“We’re not very deep,” said Mohonasen coach Paul Brosious. “When Sam fouled out, and then Sara fouled out, that really hurt us.
“But given what we lost from last year, and where our JV has been the past five years, for them to get to this game, I told them I don’t think I’ve ever had a team surpass people’s expectations like this team did.”
Turnovers have cost Mohonasen throughout the season, and 23 of them really hurt in the semifinal.
“That’s been our problem all year, turning the ball over,” said Brosious.”It’s just a weakness of ours. We try to cover for it as much as we can, but with the pressure defense they play, you’re going to throw the ball away. Averill Park makes you play at a pace that we don’t want to play.
“We were trying to limit that, but we didn’t limit it enough. I don’t know how many points they got off steals, but they had too many. That was the difference.”
Brooke O’Shea’s 17 points led Averill Park. Junior Kelsey Cowell had 14 for Mohonasen, eight in the fourth quarter as she continually went hard to the glass.
“The biggest thing I’m sorry about is that this team didn’t get a chance to play on Saturday,” said Brosious. “You saw what they did tonight, how hard they played against a good Averill Park team that lost no one from last year.”
Scotia was rejoicing in its chance to play in a championship game.
For the Lady Tartans, getting to the championship game marks the fourth straight year they’ve improved on their postseason finish.
“This means a lot. We haven’t been there before,” said Scotia point guard Angie DiJohn. “We’ve always had to watch the final.”
Last year, as the top seed, Scotia got knocked off by No.4 seed Averill Park in the semis.
“Most of these kids were here last year, and they know what that defeat in the semifinals was like. That was a big motivator for everybody,” said Burns. “They didn’t need motivation going into this game.”
Scotia, now 18-2, led by five points after one quarter and by seven, 21-14, at the half.
Compton matched Holy Names by herself with six points in the third quarter, her three-pointer Scotia’s lone basket of the period. It was enough to put the Foothills Council champions up by 11 heading into the final eight minutes.
“Defense wins championships, and we played great defense,” said Compton, a former standout at Schenectady Christian School who transferred to Scotia for her senior year. “That’s what the difference was.
“Our whole high school careers, we’ve been working for this. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
Compton and Broadhead weren’t hitting from the outside, but were very effective going to the basket. Compton was 5-for-6 from the line; Broadhead made nine of 10.
“I want them at the free-throw line eight to 10 times a game. Both of them,” Burns said. “We can’t be just a perimeter team. We’ve got to force it inside, as well.”
Anna Feller put together 18 points, and Jennifer Cillis and Sarah Madden added 17 and 12, respectively as Voorheesville beat Maple Hill, 59-49, in a Section II Class C semifinal game at Stillwater High School.
Cassidy Chapko delivered 20 points to propel 20-1 Hoosic Valley over Hoosick Falls, 62-28.
Voorheesville and Hoosic Valley will meet for the Class C title on Friday at Hudson Valley Community College at 7:45 p.m.
In the Class D semifinals at Adirondack Community College, Argyle knocked off Heatly, 58-26.
Jacquelyn Miller led 18-3 Argyle with 15 points, Shelby Graham had 13 points and 19 rebounds while Christina Tucker contributed 12 points.
Ashley Ellis pulled down 14 rebounds.
Melissa Heffern paced 18-2 Heatly with 10 points.
Fort Edward turned away Fort Ann, 54-40.
Argyle opposes Fort Edward in the Class D championship on Friday at HVCC at 6 p.m.
AVERILL PARK 48, MOHONASEN 41
Cowell 3-8-14, Egan 1-1-3, Hall 1-0-3, Lupi 2-2-7, McGrath 3-2-8, M.Miller 0-2-2, D.Miller 2-0-4. Totals: 12-15-41.
Mai 1-5-7, Donnelly 2-0-4, Carney 3-2-8, O’Shea 7-1-17, Nunziato 0-2-2, Ryan 4-0-8, Horton 0-2-2. Totals: 17-12-48.
Mohonasen 11 7 8 15 — 41
Averill Park 12 12 7 17 — 48
Three-point goals: Hall, Lupi, O’Shea 2.
SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 51, HOLY NAMES 35
Spicer 3-1-7, Ka. Small 1-2-4, Friend 4-0-8, Murray 3-0-6, Jordan 2-0-5, Franchini 1-0-3, O’Toole 0-2-2. Totals: 14-5-31.
Broadhead 4-9-17, Compton 7-5-21, Janson 2-3-57 DiJohn 1-2-4, MacDonald 1-0-2. Totals: 15-19-51.
Holy Names 6 8 6 15 — 35
Scotia-Glenville 11 10 10 20 — 51
Three-point goals: Jordan, Franchini, Compton 2.
VOORHEESVILLE 59, MAPLE HILL 49
L. Mannion 2-2-6, Despart 1-0-2, Curtin 2-0-5, C. Mannion 4-3-13, Racz 8-2-19. Totals: 17-7-49.
Feller 9-0-18, Cillis 7-3-17, Madden 3-4-12, Norris 1-0-3, Clark 0-1-1, Blow 3-0-6, Bogart 1-0-2. Totals: 21-8-59.
Maple Hill 13 14 9 13 — 49
Voorheesville 13 21 10 15 — 59
Three-point goals: Curtin, C. Mannion 2, Racz, Madden 2, Norris.
HOOSIC VALLEY 62, HOOSICK FALLS 28
Marmillo 2-3-7, Pearson 4-1-10, Pine 0-6-6, Williams 2-1-5, Bailey 0-0-0. Totals: 8-11-28.
Anderson 2-1-5, Chapko 7-2-20, Connors 1-0-3, Gurney 2-0-6, Kocienski 1-0-2, Kugler 1-0-3, Lewis 3-2-9, Moore 2-0-5, Nigro 4-0-9. Totals: 23-5-62.
Hoosick Falls 11 7 6 4 — 28
Hoosic Valley 10 14 21 17 — 62
Three-point goals: Pearson, Chapko 4, Connors, Gurney 2, Kugler, Lewis, Moore, Nigro.
ARGYLE 58, HEATLY 26
C. Heffern 2-1-5, M. Heffern 4-2-10, Legault 1-0-2, DeCianni 2-0-4, Brown 2-0-5. Totals: 11-3-26.
Graham 5-3-13, Miller 5-1-15, Reynolds
0-2-2, McWhorter 2-0-6, Kennedy 1-0-2, Tucker 4-2-12, Ellis 4-0-8. Totals: 21-8-58.
Heatly 2 4 11 9 — 26
Argyle 9 16 17 16 — 58
Three-point goals: Brown, Miller 4, McWhorter 2, Tucker 2.