ROTTERDAM — The Mechanicville girls' basketball team didn't dominate from start to finish like it had so many times this season and last, but it did dominate the second quarter Wednesday night in its Section II Class B quarterfinal matchup with feisty Ichabod Crane.
"It's a good thing we did that," Mechanicville senior Charli Goverski said after her team's 62-48 victory at Schalmont High School. "They came back on us."
Ichabod Crane did battle until the last seconds, yet a 17-2 second-quarter run by Mechanicville was too much for the Riders to overcome, and the tournament's fourth-seeded squad took another step in its quest to get back to the championship game it won a year ago.
Goverski and AJ Joseph both scored seven points in that decisive second quarter, and Mechanicville held Ichabod Crane without a point for more than five minutes in turning a 14-10 lead into a 31-12 advantage.
"Great second quarter," Mechanicville coach Blain Goverski said. "Great defense. A lot of contributions."
Contributions by many was the theme of the night for Mechanicville (17-5), which also defeated Ichabod Crane (No. 12, 13-10) in last year's quarterfinal round before beating Mekeel Christian Academy and Fonda-Fultonville to secure its first Section II championship since 1989.
Charlie Goverski and Joseph led the offense with 24 and 16 points, respectively, while Chloe Goverski was a defensive sparkplug with six steals, and Amy DiSiena — the MVP of the Class B tournament in 2019 — collected seven points, 10 rebounds and four steals.
"We have a great, all-put-together team," Charli Goverski said. "Every game, we win together. We put a game plan in, and go out and try to execute it."
Part of Mechanicville's game plan Wednesday was to contain Ichabod Crane senior sharpshooter Madison Graham.
"We've got athletic girls, and if we need to stop one girl, or if we need to stop two girls, they have the ability to do it," said Blain Goverski. "For three quarters, we were able to lock her [Graham] up."
Graham finished with 22 points, including the only basket for Ichabod Crane in the second quarter after Mechanicville rattled off 11 points to start it. Graham notched 14 fourth-quarter points with four 3s when the Riders got as close as 10.
"We scouted out their plays," Charli Goverski said. "We put in a lot of pregame work."
Mechanicville wants to continue to do that for a few more weeks in what it hopes is a repeat of last winter.
"There was no better feeling than last year," Charli Goverski said of winning the Section II title. "It's my senior year. My dad is the coach. I've got my sister on the team. Winning it again would be amazing."
Mechanicville and Schalmont (No. 1, 21-1) will meet Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal game at Averill Park after the Sabres eliminated Cobleskill-Richmondville 57-46.
"We know they're a good team," Schalmont sophomore Payton Graber said of Mechanicville. "They've got the same team as last year. We have to play as a team to get by them."
Getting by Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 8, 16-6) for the third time this season proved rather difficult for Schalmont, which trailed 16-15 heading into the second quarter, and was up 31-25 heading into the third.
"We looked at each other and knew it was going to be a battle," Van Hoesen said of himself and Bulldogs coach Carlin DeMarinis. "Cobleskill-Richmondvile is a very good team."
Schalmont went on a 16-7 third-quarter run which included four 3s, two of them coming from Graber, who finished with 25 points and made five total 3s.
Karissa Antoine scored 14 points for Schalmont, with the eight-grader netting eight in the second quarter, and Emily Lenehan had 10 points, with the senior hitting a 3 and two foul shots in the key third quarter.
Emma Ostrander and Jessica Meade scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
"We definitely came out a little slow on defense," Graber said. "We knew we had to step up."
Van Hoesen noted the play of reserves Mya Cordy and Sara Kindlon, who saw more time than usual due to some foul trouble for the Sabres.
"They came off the bench and played awesome on defense, and did a good job of moving the ball," Van Hoesen said.
MECHANICVILLE 62, ICHABOD CRANE 48
Ichabod Crane 10 2 17 19 — 48
Mechanicville 14 17 21 10 — 62
Ichabod Crane scoring: Dolge 2-0-5, H. Ames 2-0-5, A. Ames 1-0-2, More 1-4-6, Knapp 0-2-2, Graham 8-2-22, Culver 2-2-6. Mechanicville scoring: Chl. Goverski 2-3-7, Cha. Goverski 9-4-24, Brown 0-2-2, DiSiena 3-1-7, Cavotta 2-0-6, Joseph 7-2-16. Scoring totals: Ichabod Crane 16-10-48, Mechanicville 23-12-62.
C-R 16 9 7 14 — 46
Schalmont 15 16 16 10 — 57
Cobleskill-Richmondville scoring: Ellis 1-1-4, Meade 4-0-12, Pressley 2-2-6, Osterhoudt 4-5-14, Comino 4-0-8, Lucear 1-0-2. Schalmont scoring: Hallberg 2-0-4, Graber 8-4-25, Antoine 5-3-14, Burchhardt 0-4-4, Lenehan 2-4-10. Scoring totals: Cobleskill-Richmondville 16-8-46, Schalmont 17-15-57.