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AuSable Valley, Beekmantown and Plattsburgh High all stood out in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball a year ago, while Elizabethtown-Lewis and Indian Lake/Long Lake ruled the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference.
However, CVAC and MVAC Division I and II play no longer exists and now everyone is part of the newly-formed Northern Basketball League, which is comprised of Division I, II and III.
It was a banner year for the Patriots (19-3) a year ago, winning the CVAC Division II and Section VII Class C championships.
AuSable Valley then recorded a 48-43 win over Hoosic Valley in the NYSPHSAA regional finals before dropping a 56-41 decision to Bishop Kearney in the semifinals.
A strength on this year’s team is the return of three league all-stars in junior guard Meghan Strong, senior guard Taylor Saltus and junior guard Logan Snow. AuSable Valley brings back its top-four scorers from a season ago, including junior guard Madison Rondeau.
Those, however, are the only players returning, with varsity newcomer Sydney Snow, a sophomore guard, expected to round out the starting five.
A major concern is keeping everyone healthy as the Patriots have only nine players on the roster.
Sierra Snow, Haley Taylor.
Taylor Saltus, Logan Snow, Meghan Strong, Madison Rondeau.
Jeanne Manning, Nicole Santamaria, Shelby Bourgeois, Sydney Snow, Madison McCabe.
There’s plenty to like about the Eagles’ chances this season.
Beekmantown (17-4) and Plattsburgh High tied for the Division I crown a year ago with 14-2 records and the Eagles ended up recording a 44-40 overtime decision over the Hornets in the Section VII Class B championship game.
Only one player off that team was lost to graduation and Beekmantown will have a great mix of guard and post play.