March 9, 2013

AuSable girls tangle with defending champion Indians

PLATTSBURGH — Defending NYPHSAA Class C girls’ basketball champion Hoosic Valley likes to pressure its opponents defensively and get out and run.

Sounds a lot like what AuSable Valley likes to do.

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The two teams meet at noon today at the Plattsburgh State Field House for a regional championship and a berth in the state final four.

“They mirror what we do,” AuSable Valley coach Roger Long said. “The point differential between the two teams is about the same.

“They have the experience edge. They play in a good league (Wasaren) and I believe they’ve won seven of the last eight sectional titles.”

Hoosic Valley went 13-1 in league play and its three losses were to bigger schools, according to Long.

The Indians (20-3) won the state championship a year ago, but lost four of the five starters off that team.

Back, however, is Cassidy Chapko, who scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds, seven steals and four assists in the Section II team’s 44-25 victory over Section X’s Canton in the opening round of the regionals at Adirondack Community College.

Chapko, a 5-4 senior, is averaging 19.8 points a game.

“She is their leading scorer and shoots a lot of threes,” Long said. “They run their offensive sets through her and have isolation plays for her. She can get to the basket.

“We had trouble against (Plattsburgh High’s) Marle Curle this year and they’re the same kind of players. But Chapko is smaller than Marle and we match up better against her.”

Kimberly Kocienski, a 5-8 senior, and Sydney Fitzpatrick are also key players for the Indians.

“I’ve seen them play twice,” Long said. “I watched them Saturday against Berne-Knox-Westerlo (a 54-19 win) and saw the film of their game against Canton.

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