After a poor shooting start for AuSable Valley, it would be Logan Snow’s three with 42 seconds left in the fourth, that would lead to the Patriots’ 48-43 victory over Section II’s Hoosic Valley Saturday in the Class C regional championship at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
Hoosic Valley was the returning Class C state champion, and held the No. 1 ranking coming into Saturday’s game. AuSable Valley was ranked eighth.
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The Patriots started the game slow, as they missed nine consecutive baskets before putting points on the board midway through the first quarter. Once the Patriots started getting hot from behind the arc, they were able to pull ahead of the Indians.
Snow helped AuSable Valley go on a 9-0 run to finish the second quarter by hitting her first three to tie the game at 18. The Patriots held all of the momentum going into the second half as they had a 24-18 lead.
Hoosic Valley, however, was able to battle back in the third quarter and get within three of the Patriots, due to excellent play by senior Cassidy Chapko, who finished with 29 points.
Alyssa Paul was the only other player for the Indians to hit double figures, finishing with 10 points.
Once again, though, AuSable Valley ended the quarter strong after Madison Rondeau’s made basket, which came about two feet behind the 3-point arc as time expired.
“Mady made a huge three at the buzzer, and I think that really helped us,” Snow said.
Rondeau’s buzzer beater seemed to insert life into both teams, as both Hoosic Valley and AuSable Valley started the fourth quarter by exchanging 3-point baskets.
AuSable Valley coach Roger Long called a timeout with 5:55 left in the game, trying to make adjustments against Chapko’s hot shooting.
“(Chapko) was flying down the court with a full head of steam. I wanted to make an adjustment on her, so we decided for at least one girl to pick her up at half court, no matter if it was their man or not,” Long said. “We wanted to force them to run their half-court offensive set.”
Long’s defensive adjustments paid off, as the Indians came out of the timeout and were forced into a shot clock violation.
With just a one-point lead, Snow came up huge with her clutch 3-pointer, which cemented the Patriots’ lead, 44-40.
Snow finished with a team-high 20 points for AuSable Valley. Meghan Strong added nine points, with Taylor Saltus finishing with seven.
“I think Logan’s three to extend the lead was the real dagger for us,” Long said. “I think that was what sealed the game.”
After Hoosic Valley hit a quick three, the Indians were forced to foul, sending Snow to the line. Snow ended up connecting on 4-of-5 free throws icing the game for her team.
“When I missed my first free throw I was really scared, but I was able to make the next few so I was more relieved,” Snow said.
Hoosic Valley coach Walter Dorman felt as though costly mental mistakes are what kept his team from the victory in the end. However, he credited the Patriots with a great game.
“They were a good team,” Dorman said. “Hats off to them, they made the plays and we didn’t. We wish them all the best in the next round.”
As for Long, he attributed his girl’s work ethic, and knew when it came down to the wire, his girls “wouldn’t fold under the pressure.”
“I’m really proud of my girls,” Long said. “They came in every day, worked hard, didn’t give attitude and executed our game plan to a tee.”
AuSable Valley will play Section V’s Bishop Kearney in the Class C final four next Saturday at 2:15 p.m. Hudson Valley Community College.
AuSable Valley 48, Hoosic Valley 43
Hoosic Valley (43)
Chapko 11-4-29, Anderson1-0-2, Kocienski 0-0-0, Fitzpatrick 1-0-2, Moore 0-0-0, Paul 2-4-10, Connors 0-0-0. Totals: 15-8-43
AuSable Valley (48)
Strong 2-4-9, Saltus 2-3-7, L. Snow 6-6-20, Taylor 0-1-1, S. Snow 1-0-2, Rondeau 2-0-6, McCabe 1-1-3. Totals: 14-15-48
Hoosic Valley 10 8 9 16 — 43
AuSable Valley 9 15 9 15 — 48
3-point goals: Hoosic Valley (5): Chapko 3, Paul 2. AuSable Valley (5): Strong, L. Snow 2, Rondeau 2.