Hoosic Valley rolls past Canajoharie girls

SCHAGHTICOKE – The Canajoharie girls basketball team set top-seeded Hoosic Valley back on its heels early in Friday’s Section II Class C quarterfinal game at Hoosic Valley High Central School.

The eighth-seeded Lady Cougars tied up the Hoosic Valley offense in the opening quarter, but disastrous second and third quarter proved to be their downfall as the Lady Cougars finished their season on the short end of the 48-18 final score.

“We came out with lots of energy and did a great job against them in the first period,” Canajoharie coach Joe Fowler said. “We just weren’t able to keep up that pace and it got away from us tonight.”

Sparked by a smothering, pressing defense, the Lady Cougars turned early turnovers into points, with Alexis Kane and Lauren Balfe delivering from behind the 3-point arc.

However, the Lady Indians finished the quarter on a strong note to hold a 10-8 advantage after eight minutes of play.

Tough defense forced multiple turnovers for both teams in a low scoring second quarter.

Although getting open looks, the shots did not fall for Canajoharie, allowing the Lady Indians to tack on 10 more points and carry an 18-10 lead into the locker room at the half.

Hoosic Valley matched it first-half scoring output in the third quarter, while holding the Lady Cougars to a field goal off the hand of Kane to build a substantial 36-12 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Using reserve players, the Lady Indians maintained their advantage to lock down the 48-18 victory and advance to the Class C semifinals.

Kane finished with seven points to lead the Canajoharie scorers. Balfe finished with three points, while Abbey Dearwester, Dainara Veeder, Ariannah Logan and Brittany Pitonza had two points apiece.

Alyssa Paul led Hoosic Valley with her 15-point performance, while Laura McGreevy chipped in with 10.

Hoosic Valley (15-4 overall) will face fourth-seeded Lake George in Tuesday’s semifinals at Cohoes High School. Lake George posted a 57-38 win over fifth-seeded Middleburgh on Friday.

Canajoharie ended its season with a 13-7 overall record.

Hoosic Valley 48, Canajoharie 18

Canajoharie8 2 2 6 – 18

Hoosic Valley10 8 18 12 – 48


Dearwester 1-0-2, Veeder 1-0-2, Balfe 1-0-3, A. Logan 1-0-2, Kane 2-2-7, Pitonza 0-2-2. Totals: 6-4-18.

Hoosic Valley

Carlo 2-2-6, McGreevy 3-1-10, Paul 6-2-15, Mardigan 2-0-4, Shudt 2-0-4, Brundage 1-3-5, Clum 1-0-3, Whitford 0-1-1. Totals: 17-9-48.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 2 (Balfe, Kane); Hoosic Valley 5 (McGreevy 3, Paul, Clum).