This wasn’t the way Berne-Knox-Westerlo girls’ basketball coach Tom Galvin envisioned the season ending.
His Lady Bulldogs saw first-hand why Hoosic Valley perennially has one of the toughest defenses in Section II in Saturday’s Class C final, as the Lady Indians held BKW without a basket until midway through the third period in rolling to an easy 54-19 win at Hudson Valley Community College.
“They are great on defense. They make everything hard for you,” said Galvin, whose team didn’t score from the field until senior Liz Harvey made a shot in the lane with 4:19 left in the third. “You combine that with a group of girls, except for Liz, who haven’t played this sport, the [missed] open baskets and you score 19 points. You tip your hat to their defense.”
Playing tough on the defensive end has been a trademark of coach Walter Dorman’s teams that have won seven sectional titles and five regional championships in the last eight years.
“Each day we come to practice, and we focus on defense,” said senior point guard Cassidy Chapko. “Defense wins games. That’s what we preach at Hoosic Valley, through all our levels. That’s why we’re so good at defense.”
So good, that the Lady Indians were able to shake off a six-point first quarter, and hold BKW scoreless in the second period in taking a 22-3 halftime lead,
“We figured they were going to do something, and they came out in a diamond-and-two,” said Dorman of the Lady Bulldogs’ defensive strategy. “We knew we were going to get the jump shots. We just had to make them. We were a little shaky right off the bat, then we settled.”
That was something BKW never could do. Kim Kocienski, who shut down Frankie Pearson in the semifinals, was Harvey’s constant shadow, never letting the school’s career scoring leader get comfortable.
Tracy Anderson held 6-foot-2 BKW center Mary Salo, the Lady Bulldogs’ second leading scorer, to two points.
For her efforts in the last two games, Kocienski was named MVP of the Class C tournament.
“She’s been our stopper. She deserves it,” said Dorman.
Chapko led 19-3 Hoosic Valley with 16 points. Kocienski contributed 14.
Makayla McCormick threw in a three-pointer at the end of the game to give her a team-high nine for Berne-Knox-Westerlo.
“After a while, we said, ‘Let’s play for respectability,’ ” said Galvin. “That’s what we tried to do. We tried to get into the 20s and hold them down.”
Hoosic Valley moves on to a regional game Tuesday at 6 p.m. at SUNY-Adirondack in Queensbury, where it will play Section X champion Canton.
Holy Names also picked a bad day to go cold from the field, going the last 9:44 without a basket, and allowing Troy to come from 10 points down to win the Class A championship, 54-47.
“They really controlled the first half. We just weren’t getting the pressure we needed to,” said Troy coach Paul Bearup, whose team trailed, 27-22, at the half, despite the fact Holy Names had 24 turnovers in the first 16 minutes. “We’d get a turnover, but we’d give it right back.
“But we felt we could wear them down. They were getting in foul trouble, and we kept the pressure up until we got our offense together.”
Holy Names used its size to neutralize 5-4 sophomore guard Kiana Patterson, but junior Mary Pattison stepped up with a 17-point effort that helped her earn Class A tourney MVP honors.
Cheyenne Williams added 13 points and Courtney Avery added 12 for the 16-5 Lady Flying Horses, who took their first lead of the game on Patterson’s basket with 3:50 to play. Pattison and senior Krystyn Knockwood made huge three-pointers down the stretch as Troy handed Holy Names its first loss of the season.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball,” said Holy Names coach Steve Gigliello, whose team finished with 34 turnovers and made just nine of its last 19 free throws after going 13-for-15 in the first half. “We were ahead for three quarters. We played great. In the final quarter, we just lost our composure a little bit. That’s when Troy took advantage.”
Sophomore Hannah Friend led Holy Names with 19 points, 11 of them coming in the first quarter. She also had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Troy will play the Section III champion Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Le Moyne College in a regional semi.
Class B tourney MVP Ailayia Demand helped her team to a 15-point halftime lead as Watervliet beat Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 43-35.
The Lady Indians didn’t go away easily against their Colonial Council foes, cutting a 36-24 halftime deficit to 39-35 with less than two minutes to play.
“We couldn’t make a shot, and at one point, I think they got nine offensive rebounds in a row,” said Watervliet coach Gordie Johnson of the stretch where Ravena closed the gap. “Ravena played hard. They weren’t going to give up. Nobody quits in championship games.”
Senior forward Mikayla Deguire hit two free throws and converted a great pass from Demand, and Ravena missed four throws in the final 43 seconds as the Lady Cannoneers won their 20th game of the season.
“These girls have worked since they were in third grade, and they weren’t about to lose,” said Johnson. “We lost one a couple of years ago, and this would have made this six of seven in a row. They’re still blaming themselves.”
“It just shows how hard we work,” Demand said of the program’s postseason resume. “We go to practice everyday and work, work, work.
“This is expected every year. But it’s amazing. I can’t even put it into words.”
Demand was banged up on a drive to the basket with three minutes left in the third period, apparently jarring her right hip.
With Deguire still not fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in the opening round, and forward Lashona Tolliver suspended, Johnson was hoping for the best.
“I was a little bit concerned, but she takes harder hits than that in practice,” said Johnson.
Deguire took over from there, scoring 10 of her 14 points in the second half.
“That’s what you want, senior leadership,” said Johnson, who also credited Tori Shufelt’s as a major reason Ravena made just two of 15 three-point shots.
Watervliet goes to SUNY-Plattsburgh on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against Section VII winner Beekmantown.
Fort Edward used a 23-10 second-quarter advantage to beat Fort Ann, 57-51, in a battle of Adirondack League foes.
Sam Godfrey scored 19 points and earned tourney MVP honors for Fort Edward. Jordan Aubin led Fort Ann with 21 points.
TROY 54, HOLY NAMES 47
Murray 4-2-10, O’Toole 0-5-8, Friend 5-9-19, Small 0-8-8,. Deas 2-0-4, Franchini 0-1-1. Totals: 11-25-47.
Pattison 6-5-17, Patterson 3-0-7, Hanlon 0-0-0, Avery 4-4-12, Williams 5-3-13, Knockwood 1-1-4, Driscoll 0-1-1. Totals: 19-14-54.
Holy Names 19 8 13 7 — 47
Troy 8 14 12 20 — 54
Three-point goals: Patterson, Knockwood.
WATERVLIET 43, RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK 35
Powell 4-0-8, Vosburgh 2-1-6, Rebeor 0-2-2, Preston 5-1-12, Hotaling 1-3-5, Kross 1-0-2. Totals: 13-7-35.
Demand 5-5-16, Sziller 3-1-7, Clickner 0-1-1. Shufelt 1-0-2, Deguire 4-7-15, Clough 1-0-2. Totals: 14-14-43.
Ravena 7 5 12 11 — 35
Watervliet 14 13 9 7 — 43
Three-point goals: Vosburgh, Preston 2, Demand, Sziller.
HOOSIC VALLEY 54, BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO 19
McCormick 2-3-9, Harvey 1-6-8, M.Salo 1-0-2, Abbott 0-0-0, Cunningham 0-0-0. Totals: 4-9-19.
Chapko 5-4-16, Anderson 2-0-4, Kocienski 6-2-14, Moore 0-0-0, Fitzpatrick 2-0-4, Connors 2-0-4, Madigan 3-0-7, Paul 2-0-5. Totals 22-6-54.
BKW 3 0 7 9 — 19
Hoosic Valley 6 16 23 8 — 59
Three-point goals: McCormick 2, Chapko 2, Madigan, Paul.
FORT EDWARD 57, FORT ANN 51
Bailey 0-2-2, Graves 0-1-1, Aubin 7-7-21, Bancroft 5-2-12, Kate White 2-2-6, Goodman 1-0-2, Kara White 2-2-7. Totals: 17-16-51.
Sardina 3-3-9, A.Godfrey 1-1-3, Kelly 1-0-2, S.Godfrey 6-5-19, Boucher 3-5-13, Thomas 1-2-4, Hendricks 3-1-7. Totals: 18-17-57.
Fort Ann 12 10 12 17 — 51
Fort Edward 6 23 18 10 — 57
Three-point goals: Kara White, S.Godfrey 2, Boucher 2.