It's hard to believe there is really only a little more than two weeks left in the high school girls basketball regular season — it went by fast!
UPDATED: I had to fix Fort Edward's league record to 7-4, as I gave them one too many wins -- the Flying Forts played Corinth twice, so their early-season game was actually a non-leaguer.
League and division races have been heating up, and they're starting to shake out now. Here's a look at how some of the leagues look heading into the final games:
— Scotia (11-2 league) and Amsterdam (10-2) are still on top with five and six games remaining, respectively. Scotia has a leg up on the Rams after beating them 56-46 on Monday. They meet again on Feb. 5 at Amsterdam, likely with the league title riding on it.
— Queensbury (9-3) and Gloversville (9-4) have the next-best shots — Queensbury has a rescheduled home game against Amsterdam next Friday, Feb. 2, its first of two clashes with the Rams in the next two weeks (the other is Feb. 8). The Spartans have already lost twice to Scotia and split with Gloversville.
— Is there a hotter team right now than Gloversville? The Dragons have won 11 straight after dropping its first four games of the season (they're 11-4 overall). Harmony Philo, a junior, is an outstanding player that has already reached 1,000 points for her career.
— South Glens Falls (7-6), Glens Falls (5-7) and Hudson Falls (5-8) are middle of the pack teams. South High has been scrappy and competitive all season, but the Indians — who host Schuylerville on Saturday afternoon in a game that has been rescheduled three times this season — are on a four-game slide that included uncharacteristic losses to Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown.
— Division I is coming down between Lake George (11-0) and Warrensburg (10-2), and they meet on Tuesday at Lake George. The Burghers have only two league games remaining, against Lake George and Corinth. The Warriors, meanwhile, have a big game on Saturday at Argyle, set for 3:30 p.m. — the game that was postponed by Argyle's leaky gym roof on Jan. 12. Lake George finishes at Granville next Friday.
— Argyle (9-1) is running away with Division II, and it's not close. The Scots still have four games to play — the aforementioned Lake George game, plus Salem, Whitehall, and another game against winless Hadley-Luzerne that was rescheduled from Dec. 22.
— Division III is a dogfight that Fort Edward (7-4) took a half-game lead in the division with its 46-42 win over Fort Ann (7-5) on Friday (the teams split this season, with the Cardinals winning 44-42 on Jan. 17). The Flying Forts still have two games to play against Hartford (6-5), including Saturday's 1:30 p.m. game at Fort Edward. North Warren (7-5) remained in a tie with Fort Ann after Friday night's 33-31 loss at Hartford.
Each D-III team's remaining schedule:
Fort Edward — Sat. vs. Hartford, Tue. at North Warren, Fri. at Hartford.
Fort Ann — (Mon. at Schroon Lake (NL)), Tue. vs. Hartford, Fri. at North Warren, (Sat. vs. Schroon Lake (NL) at SUNY Adirondack)
Hartford — Sat. at Fort Edward, Tue. at Fort Ann, Fri. vs. Fort Edward
North Warren — (Mon. at Spa Catholic (NL)), Tue. vs. Fort Edward, Fri. at Fort Ann
— Note: The Adirondack League playoffs will follow the same format as last year — the three division leaders, plus the best second-place team as a wild card, will be seeded and play semifinal games on Feb. 6. The Adirondack League championship is scheduled for Feb. 9 at a site to be announced. Last year the girls and boys league finals were played at Glens Falls High School — Lake George beat North Warren for the girls championship.
— Cambridge is undefeated at 10-0 in Division 2, and the Indians — ranked No. 2 in the state in Class C this week — play the first of two games against second-place Hoosic Valley (8-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Schaghticoke in a makeup game. Cambridge hosts the second Battle of the Indians next Friday night. Cambridge has five games remaining — the two Hoosic Valley games, plus Stillwater on Wednesday and Spa Catholic on Feb. 7. I have heard that the Wasaren League championship game is set for Sunday, but have not heard where.
— Wasaren League's Division 1 is a battle between Tamarac (9-1), Mechanicville (7-4) and Hoosick Falls (6-3), if those league records are accurate.