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Warriors' cage season ends in Sectional quarterfinal

Lake George 44,

Maple Hill 63

CASTLETON - Predictions of tough battles ahead in the Section II tournament due to division realignment were proven accurate Monday night, as the talented Lake George boys basketball team was defeated Monday 63-44 by the larger Maple Hill high school in a Sectional quarterfinal.

Hot-shooting Maple Hill established their presence in inside play on both ends of the court, and had strong performances from their full squad in the victory.

Maple Hill's defense frustrated the Warriors, who are accustomed to dishing out the athletic domination they endured Monday.

The bright spot for the Warriors was the third quarter, when halftime defensive adjustments tilted the score in their favor, 19-15. But the 35-16 lead Maple Hill had already built up was too much for the Warriors to overcome.

The matchup finished off the Warrior's season at a solid 15-5 record.

After the Sectional showdown, fans were already talking about next year, as the team has a strong, deep lineup of experienced Junior and Sophomore athletes.

For the game, hotshot Junior Matt McGowan scored 20 points, followed by Junior Alex Hladik with 12.

Lake George 45,

Hoosic Valley 40

LAKE GEORGE -- The Lake George Boys basketball players bounced back from a 14-6 first-quarter deficit Feb. 24 to win a quarterfinal berth as they beat the scrappy Hoosic Valley 45-40 in the Section II tournament.

The Warriors changed their defenses often, keeping Hoosic Valley off-guard in the win. The strategy, executed well by the Warrior players, contained their opponents top scorers.

Lake George's offense was balanced, with players distributing the ball well and getting shots as they needed to. Junior Alex Hladik led the Warriors with 12 points, followed by Juniors Matt McGowan and Jeff Maldonado with 10 apiece, Junior J.D. Jenkins with seven, Sophomore Aaron Chambers with five, and Junior Matt Stover with one. McGowan dominated the boards with 14 rebounds and Jenkins tallied seven. Hladik, Jenkins and Chambers each hit one three-pointer.

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