January 27, 2014
Got the chance to watch Willsboro dispatch of Johnsburg in a pair of blowout victories Friday, Jan. 24. The first thought was Andrea O'Hara is as advertised as she scored 19 points and made some great plays from the point guard. She is averaging right at 14 points per game, which is the second highest average among ladies in the Valley behind Lily Whalen of Elizabethtown-Lewis.
When the Willsboro boys can get some balance scoring, they are a tough team to stop. Keenen Hampton led the way with 18 points, but a lot of players contributed as Zach Pierson scored 8, Nick Arnold 7, and the trio of Nolan Murphy, Seth Swires and Cole Pierce scored 4 points each. More players scoring makes the defense have to play each player honestly in man or opens up spaces against zones.
By the way, here is a link to our youtube highlights from the evening.
As for Saturday, it was a great day for hoops at the Jim Kordziel Memorial Play Day for biddy basketball teams in Lake Placid. I was there with the 5-6 grade team from Westport. It was a great event and a great job by organizer Brian Brandes and his team. Thanks to them for making it a success.
This week is pretty quiet with midterms and Regent's exams, with more games towards the end of the week. It also marks the final push for sectional seeding. In Class D, Moriah seems to have locked up the top seed in both boys and girls. Here's a quick look at what the top of each bracket may look like:
Boys: Moriah, Schroon Lake, Westport, Keene. Barring any major upsets, this could be pretty much set in stone.
Girls: Moriah, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Indian Lake/Long Lake or Minerva/Newcomb. I would tend to lean toward the Mountaineers as the four seed because the Lady Orange still have two games against Keene, who is undefeated in Division III play and handled M/N quite well in their two meetings this season. That's big because these two teams will play each other in the quarterfinals and seeding equals home court advantage.