Girls basketball teams push forward in Sectional play

Area girls high school basketball teams advanced in Section II tournament play this week as their male counterparts campaigns were dashed -- except for North Warren in Class D. Lake George and Warrensburg boys teams lost in sectional games Thursday, but the girls teams are looking forward to more tournament action. Playing in overdrive mode after winning the Adirondack League title, the Lake George girls team fought off a formidable challenge Wednesday from Schoharie in a Class CC tournament opener. With two starting players fouled out and the scored tied after Lake George saw their 10-point lead dissolve, the Warriors rallied when Katelyn Callahan and Kelsey Jones hit baskets to secure the lead on their home floor. Lake George advanced to play Stillwater Saturday in Mechanicville. The game should be a memorable clash, as the two teams are seeded five and four respectively. The Warrensburg boys team lost on the road to Germantown Wednesday in a Class C clash by a score of 51-47, despite 22 points from Alex Quigan who surpassed a 1,000-point career tally in less than three years for the Burghers. The sixth-seeded Lake George boys team was beaten Tuesday by 11th-ranked Stillwater 61-54 during an opener of the Class CC Sectional tournament. Nathanial miller racked up 21, and Jake Nelson 18 in that hard fought game which featured a fourth-quarter Lake George comeback from a 12-point deficit to within three points before Stillwater put it away. The Warriors finished up their season with the Adirondack League championship trophy and a solid 12-2 record in the leage and 15-6 overall. They won league honors when they beat Whitehall last Saturday -- by racking up a 16-2 advantage in the first quarter and keeping up the pressure on the Railroaders throughout the game. Meanwhile North Warren boys, seede=ed number one in Class D, are up against rivals Fort Ann in a game to be played 10:30 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. Fort Ann beat New Lebanon for the privilege. Warrensburgs girls team is headed toward a Class Cshowdown 6 p.m. Friday with Middleburgh, who beat Hadley-Luzerne 50-37. Warrensburg earned a bye with their third-place seeding. The game will be held in Maple Hill. Warrensburg Girls Coach Scott Smith said he was pleased with his teams recent performance, particularly in a crossover game last weekend against Whitehall that the Burghers won 32-29, and boosted their season record to an impressive 16-4. The girls did a good job going inside and taking the shots they needed to. He said they performed well minimizing Whitehalls offense by guarding the Railroaders standout player Bittany Sinclair closely. They really keyed on her, and kept her point total down.

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