Westport 2/27

Congratulations to the outstanding scholar-athletes of Westport Central School on winning both of their MVAC conference championships in basketball last Friday. This only confirms something I've known all along, which is that our little town breeds the most wonderful kids in the known universe. Must be something in the water, as they say.

The girls beat Indian Lake 31-27 in what I'm guessing was their first real squeaker of the year. Kalika Hopkins scored 11 points, while Christina Sherman and Martha McKinley both scored 9. Martha, cool under pressure, hit two free throws with just seconds left. She also led in rebounds with 13. Willa McKinley was out with an injury, having hurt her ankle in practice the day before the game. Word is she'll be back for the sectionals, where the girls will be the number one seeds (see below).

And the boys beat Willsboro 72-62, with the dynamic duo of Bo McKinley and Nathan Gay scoring nearly all of the team's points between them-Bo with 38, and Nathan with 23. Nate also got 15 rebounds and 5 assists. This was the boys' third win over Willsboro this season. They had a 21-point lead going into the fourth before Willsboro tightened it up a bit. The boys go into the sectionals as the number two seeds.

Earlier in the week, Nathan Gay hit a big milestone, scoring his 1,000th point in a non-league game against Plattsburgh High. The boys lost to the bigger school 76-68, though a steal and fastbreak layup by Bo McKinley brought them to within three points with just over two minutes to go. It would have been really fun to run away with that game, but Plattsburgh took it back. Not that that tarnishes Nate's achievement-congrats, big guy.

This weekend, WCS is slated to host the first round of the sectionals, starting with the girls against the winner of Schroon Lake vs. Crown Point at 7 p.m on Friday, Feb. 26. The boys' game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., although if Chazy wins against Lake Placid the boys will likely play right after the girls. Either way, it's going to be a great weekend for basketball at WCS. I'm predicting standing-room only, which won't be the first time this season.

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