March 9, 2014

Historic season comes to end for Northern Adirondack

TROY — Northern Adirondack’s groundbreaking season came to a close Saturday in a 39-27 loss to Hoosic Valley in the NYSPHSAA Class C girls’ basketball regional finals at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Bobcats earned their first Section VII title and state-playoff victory leading up to the game, and they rallied from an early double-digit hole Saturday to pull within one in the third quarter.

But the state-seasoned Indians tightened up and started knocking down shots, overcoming foul trouble from their leading scorer to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter that never dipped into single digits.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with our program, I couldn’t be happier for the girls,” Northern Adirondack coach Jessica Barnhart said. “They should feel very proud of what they’ve done for their team and for our program and for our school. It’s an awesome achievement.”

Laura McGreevy scored a game-high 14 points for No. 6 Hoosic Valley (18-4), which won a state title in 2012 and is making its fourth straight state appearance. Leading scorer Lauren Madigan added 13 despite sitting for several minutes in the second half after picking up her fourth foul.

Hoosic Valley will take on Section IV champion Harpursville in the semifinals at 2:15 p.m. next Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Magan Magee led the 10th-ranked Bobcats (16-7) with nine points, five rebounds and three steals. Taylor Durnin added six points and four rebounds.

Neither team shot well in a battle of defensive-minded squads — the Indians hit 26.4 percent opposed to 21 percent for the Bobcats. But Hoosic Valley dominated the glass, especially on the offensive end, and held a 53-33 edge in shots taken. Northern Adirondack further hurt itself with 20 turnovers — 14 in the first half.

The Bobcats looked tentative in the first quarter and trailed 13-3 after the first eight minutes, but the second quarter was a much different story. They limited the Indians to just 2-of-19 shooting in the stanza and found some rhythm on offense.

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