When nothing else was working for the Glens Falls girls basketball team Saturday, Lucy Tougas just worked harder. She fought for rebounds, made passes, and for one stretch, was the only Indians player putting the ball in the basket.
When the game ended, a 66-56 loss for the Indians, it marked the end of her solid varsity career — the last two seasons as the heart and soul of the team. She joined her sister, Sophie, a sophomore, as a 1,000-point scorer this season, and she provided invaluable senior leadership despite a sore knee. She plans to play at Division II Queens College next year.
“She brings toughness, she brings ballhandling, she brings that competitive fire — that’s a big void that’s going to have to be filled,” Indians coach Mark Girard said after the game.
“But the nice part about it is she’s set the bar so high, the little kids are looking at her now saying they want to be Lucy Tougas, they want to be Sophie Tougas,” Girard added. “That’s a good thing going forward — that sets the program going farther and farther ahead.
— Pete Tobey
Beekmantown presented Glens Falls with a matchup problem the Indians had not dealt with this season: a big, towering center.
Eagles senior Brooke Bjelko dominated in the paint Saturday. She scored 18 points, but if she didn’t finish a layup, the Bryant University-bound Bjelko was boxing out and collecting rebounds.
“We haven’t faced a player like that all year — it was hard for us to adjust,” said Indians forward Sophie Tougas, who is 6 feet tall but slighter of build than Bjelko. “She definitely was a part of the whole struggle, but they played well as a team and we just weren’t on today.”
— Pete Tobey
Two short years
At 6-foot-3 with a good supply of blonde hair, Lake George’s Mason Flatley doesn’t look like a sophomore. And his game is more mature, as well — as evinced by his 25-point performance against Ticonderoga in the Warriors’ 62-59 Class C regional final win Saturday.
But the idea of going to the State Boys Basketball Tournament, well, that brings out his youthful exuberance.
“I’m so thrilled,” Flatley said after the game. “As the youngest guy, I always looked up to these guys when I was in eighth grade, when we won it, and I never thought I’d be able to be a part of it.”
— Will Springstead
While Ticonderoga boys basketball coach Joe Defayette said he’ll remember the leadership that seniors Brett Mosier, Griffin Hughes and Sam DuShane provided this year, 12 players should return next season, and they have some stats behind their names.
Against Lake George on Saturday, junior Evan Graney had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists; junior Ethan Thompson pulled down 10 rebounds to go with three assists, and sophomore Colton Huestis made seven of nine 3-point attempts on his way to 25 points.
“We’ve got a good group coming back,” DeFayette said. “Hopefully the younger guys can pick up the leadership our seniors showed.”
— Will Springstead
Fed field grows
The Federation Tournament of Champions is still a week and half away, but several schools have already qualified for the tournament in its return to the Civic Center.
Long Island Lutheran will send boys and girls teams ... they qualified long ago. The Albany Academy and La Salle boys will be here. Also qualified are boys teams from Monsignor Farrell, Lincoln, Cardinal Hayes, Dwight School as well as girls teams from Mary Louis Academy, South Shore, Kellenberg and Aquinas.
Many of those schools were Federation tourney participant at the Civic Center before it left for Albany six years ago.
— Greg Brownell