Schools of Thought: Area hoop teams have difficult roads ahead

It seems as though it’s been forever since the Section II basketball tournament seeds were announced last week.

Last year the area boys basketball teams were shut out of making a trip to the Glens Falls Civic Center as none of them reached the semifinals. Looking at this year’s brackets and where the local teams were seeded, it’s difficult to imagine how many area teams will advance to the semifinals this year.

Three local teams – Gloversville and Broadalbin-Perth and St. Johnsville- were granted the No. 8 seeds in their respective brackets. That’s high enough to get them a home game, but also the seed you don’t want if you’re hoping to avoid the top seed in your tournament in the quarterfinals.

The Gloversville Dragons, who have been in close games all year and even took No. 3 Glens Falls to the limit several weeks ago, has a tough road in front of them.

They will open the tournament Tuesday against Mohonasen at home. The Mighty Warriors, who only have four wins, tend to get picked on all year in the Suburban Council, but have a history of picking off a team in the first round. The Dragons will have to be careful there.

Of course, the winner gets Scotia-Glenville and I’m not sure what it takes to get over that mountain. The Dragons played them close last time, but the Tartans were missing senior Andrew Tabbert and his 18.3 points per game.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots also were hit with a No. 8 seed. They will face No. 9 Ichabod Crane on Tuesday with the winner most likely getting a shot at No. 1 Watervliet. Don’t let that 11-7 overall record fool you. The Canoneers have lost to some good teams and will be a challenge for whoever comes calling on them in the quarterfinals.

The team with the best chance of reaching the Civic Center is the team with the highest seed in the area boys’ basketball bracket, the Canajoharie Cougars, seeded fourth in Class C. Voorheesville, out of the Colonial Council, could be a threat as the Blackbirds benefit from playing against Class B schools in their league in much the same way Mohonasen benefits from Suburban Council play.

Overall, the most interesting bracket to me is the Class B girls bracket, especially with some of the difficulties top-seeded Watervliet has been having over the past week.

They lost to Fonda-Fultonville, 55-54, last Thursday on a last-second shot by Emily Parslow, but the game was far more costly than that. The Lady Canoneers who were already without forward Lashana Tolliver for violating the school’s extracurricular code, also saw starting center Mikayla DeGuire suffer a fourth-quarter knee injury. DeGuire is their second leading scorer with 242 points on the season and Tolliver was third.

If she’s not healthy, that could leave the Lady Canoneers vulnerable, although I expect them to be able to find their way past No. 17 Schuylerville in the first round.

That could open the door for Broadalbin-Perth if they can find a way past No. 8 Schalmont in the opening round.

Fonda-Fultonville has gained some momentum after defeating Watervliet by pounding Cairo-Durham and they will get the No. 3 seed, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. The two teams have seen each other before in a game Fonda-Fultonville lost by 14.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Johnstown Lady Bills make a strong run. They were seeded seventh, but that was more due to early season struggles than their play of late. They beat most of the teams they lost to the first time through the Foothills Council and knocked off league champion Queensbury last week.

But all those games will start Tuesday so keep an eye out, I’m sure there will be some stunners along the way.