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Girls hoop: Friday notes

By Bill Palmer
Friday, January 17, 2014

Reports of the demise of the Averill Park girls’ basketball look like they’ve been premature.
After their exit in the Class A semifinals last year, the Lady Warriors are one of two unbeatens in the Suburban Council as the schedule turns over.

AP gave Shenendehowa its second straight loss Friday night, putting the Lady Plainsmen in the unfamiliar position of spotting Shaker, the SC’s other unbeaten, a two-game lead in the North Division.

Averill Park plays at Shaker on Tuesday.

Mohonasen broke into the win column, as two-sport freshman starter Saeeda Abdul-Aziz pumped in 24 points in a 52-44 victory over Burnt Hills.

Schenectady’s lone senior. Alexus Durham, continues to be steady for the Lady Pats. She had a team-high 11 points in a loss to Amsterdam.

First-year coach Eugene Mayo — the program’s third head coach in as many years — has a roster of five juniors, five sophs and an eighth-grader.

Scotia-Glenville has followed an 8-0 start with four straight losses, all in league play. The latest loss came Friday at Johnstown. Hope Cerasulo continues to put up good numbers for the Lady Bills.

Meanwhile, Queensbury is rolling along with a spotless league record, led by likely league MVP Jill Davis, who dropped a 16-10 double-double on rival Glens Falls.

The Colonial Council clash of the titans will come at season’s end. Division leaders Watervliet and Holy Names are still both unbeaten. They will meet Feb. 11 at Watervliet.

Fonda-Fultonville’s Emily Parslow and Mekeel Christian Academy’s Nicole Baratiere both made eight threes in winning efforts Friday. Parslow’s eight treys is a school record, and Baratier’s eight-fecta is also thought to be school record.

Baratiere is one of the Lady Lions who have had to step up, with point guard Lexi Holmes out for the year after tearing up a knee late in the soccer season.

Close, but no cigar, for the Cobleskill-Richmondville girls, who played Cohoes tough, but came up six points short of their first win.

Erin Pacatte did her part for the Lady Bulldogs, with 17 points.

Junior Taryn Randle had a big part in Schalmont’s 43-40 win over Ichabod Crane, scoring 10 points and giving the Lady Sabres a trio of players in double figures.

A big WAC game was postponed Friday, and now 6-2 Fort Plain will play at once-beaten Galway on Wednesday.

The Lady Hilltoppers won the first matchup this season. Galway is trying to get longtime head coach Debbie Wilday her 300th win. She needs seven to get to the mark.

Greenwich’s Alexis Case dropped 30 points on Cambridge in a 53-37 Wasaren win, as the Witches went to 7-3. Tamarac beat Hoosick Falls to remain unbeaten in the league.

 
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