Cambridge girls No. 1 seed in Class C

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The smell of playoff basketball is in the air for New York high school teams across the area.

The Section II committee released this year's sectional tournament seedings Wednesday morning at a meeting in Saratoga Springs.

After a 19-1 season, the Cambridge girls basketball team was awarded the No. 1 seed in the Class C sectional tournament.

Getting the No. 1 seed in the tournament was a major validation for the work the Indians put in so far this year.

"It's always nice to see when you work for a goal, to see it come to fruition and for it to be recognized," said Cambridge coach Tony Bochette. "By the committee putting us at the one-seed this year, it validated the hard work that the girls have put in."

The Indians will start their playoff run going Tuesday at home against the winner of the No. 16 Cairo-Durham and No. 17 Schoharie play-in game, which is set to be played Friday.

Cambridge is coming off its first loss of the season, a 61-51 defeat to Tamarac in the Wasaren League championship game at Skidmore College.

The Indians are a team with a strong balance of seniors and freshman, with five seniors on the squad and a trio of talented freshmen.

The twin sister duo of freshmen Sophie and Lilly Phillips have been the catalyst for Cambridge all season long. Sophie averages 13.8 points per game, while Lilly averages 12.7 per game.

Fellow freshman Fiona Mooney and senior Helen Mooney are the other two key cogs in the Indians attack.

Having just lost their first game of the season to the Bengals, the Indians are using the minor setback as motivation heading into the postseason.

"You never like to lose, but sometimes you learn more from a loss than you do from a win," Bochette said. "That was definitely the case this Sunday. The girls after the game were upset, but they weren't emotionally sad about it. They were upset because they felt like they could play better.We hope to set ourselves up and play well."

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After another season of dominating performances in the Wasaren League, the Hoosick Falls boys basketball team was seeded No. 2 in the Class C sectional tournament.

The only team to get a higher seed in the tournament is No. 1 Lake George, who beat the Panthers 59-56 early in the season and come into the tournament 20-0.

Hoosick Falls finished the regular season with a 16-4 record and a perfect 14-0 mark in league play.

With the Warriors undefeated and having beaten the Panthers, it wasn't much a surprise to Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac where his team would be seeded.

"I thought we did a good job and put ourselves in as good of a position as we could," Lilac said. "We are right where we deserve to be. Now, records get thrown out the window and we're back to 0-0. Last thing you want to do is look past any team, so we're going to focus on this game coming up and take it from there."

Jon Kempf had been the Panthers' top offensive threat throughout the season. The three-point marksman is averaging 18.2 points per game.

Seniors Guy Milliman and Evan McCart have contributed in a huge way as well. Milliman averaged 15.6 points per game, while being the spark plug for Hoosick Falls on both ends. McCart averaged 16.5 points per game across 18 contests.

The Panthers were knocked out in the first round of the Class B sectional tournament by Catskill last year, so they want to right last year's wrong this time around.

"We didn't finish the way we hoped last year. It just proved that you have to play a full game and keep on playing no matter what," Lilac said. "Last year, we blew a 17-point lead, so that's got to give you motivation. We can't wait to get out there and get it going.

Hoosick Falls starts its playoff run Tuesday and will play the winner of the No. 15 Hadley-Luzerne and No. 18 Corinth play-in game, which will be played Friday.

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The Hoosick Falls girls basketball team will be the No. 5 seed in the Class C sectional tournament.

The Panthers will start their playoff run Tuesday against the winner of the No. 12 Duanesburg and No. 21 Granville game, which will be played on Friday.

Hoosick Falls finished the regular season at 10-9 and ended it on a high note with a blowout win against Spa Catholic.

The Panthers are led by star sophomore Logan Thayne, the top girls' scorer in the area, averaging 20.6 points per game. Her ability to dominate down low and to go outside and knock down a 3 — while also being a force on the defensive end — has been the catalyst for Hoosick Falls all season long.

Senior Eliza Whitman has played her best basketball of the season over the late season stretch. She has scored in double figures in four out of the last five games.

The Panthers were the No. 4 seed in last year's Class B sectional tournament and made it all the way to the Section II semifinals, before losing to No. 1 Glens Falls.

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The Cambridge boys basketball team will be the No. 11 seed in the Class C sectional tournament.

The Indians are 12-7 on the season and will get their playoff run going on Friday when they take on No. 22 Canajoharie in a play-in game at home at 7 p.m.

Cambridge is led by senior Brenden Holcomb, who averages 17.9 points per game this season. Tristan Williams has been a major piece for the Indians as well with multiple 20-point performances.

Cambridge was the No. 13 seed in Class C last season and were knocked out by Lake George in the first round of the tournament.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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