The final day for Section II (Capital District) to garner a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title ended with both Ft. Edward and Hoosic Valley falling short in the championship game Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
Both teams had advanced with victories in the semifinal round on Saturday.
In Class D Fort Edward defeated Section III champion Hamilton 46-34 to advance to Sunday’s Championship while Hoosic Valley knocked off the top ranked team in the state Harpursville (Section IV) 56-44 to punch its ticket to the final.
But Sunday’s results were markedly different as Fort Edward lost to Romulus (Section V) 47-40 and Hoosic Valley fell to Chautauqua Lake (Section VI) 47-36.
Both Section II teams got out to a slow start, fell behind early and never was able to make a game of it.
In the first half the Flying Forts turned the ball over 15 times, were outrebounded 26-17 and shot just 19 perecent from the floor. They trailed by 27-19. Romulus scored 22 points in the paint while Ft. Edward managed just six.
“The first seven or eight possessions down the court we threw the ball away and in a game like this every possession counts,” Ft. Edward coach Jason Thomas said. “To be own by only eight points at halftime, we were still in the game. But every time in the second half we would try to make a run and we would turn the ball over and that came back to bite us.’
Junior Alexandra Godfrey led the Flying Forts with 17 points. Tournament MVP Zoe McDonald and teammate Breanne Berlin led the Warriors with 13 points each.
In the Class C championship game, Chautauqua Lake outscored Hoosic Valley 12-4 in the second quarter to take a commanding 23-14 halftime lead. The Thunderbirds built on that in the third quarter and entered the final period up by 11 points.
The Indians scored the first five points of the quarter to trail 35-29. Chatutauqua Lake quickly answered with a 7-0 run and it was too much for the Indians to overcome.
“They (Chautauqua) made their shots and that’s why they are State Champions. but we are proud to be No. 2,” said Hoosic Valley coach Walt Dorman whose team had just two seniors and were the No.4 seed. “In the beginning of the year we said let’s come to practice and show what we can do. I am extremely proud of these young ladies.
“Told them if you are gonna give your heart for me, than I am going to give my heart for you.”
Lauren Madigan and Laura McGreevey combined for 19 points for the Indians and both were named to the all-tournament team.
Tournament MVP Ashton Albanesius led the Warriros with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jenna Einink had 13 points and 14 rebounds and was an all-tournament selection.