Just some catching up on the girls basketball season, already in progress...
I have a good three weeks of stuff to catch up with — between the crush at the end of football season and doing season previews, and the actual beginning of the season, I had very little time to catch my breath.
So hear goes some stuff to consider in this early portion of the season:
— Friday night saw a couple of heart-stopping finishes in Adirondack League girls hoops — Warrensburg survived a last-second steal and just-barely-missed layup to hold off Fort Edward 52-51, and Argyle pulled out a last-second 47-46 win at Hartford.
— Lake George's Graceann Bennett is playing well coming off offseason knee surgery — she scored 30 points in the Warriors' 52-32 win at Salem on Friday night. The 6-foot-2 junior is averaging 23.8 points per game for the 3-1 Warriors.
— I'm definitely hoping to see Glens Falls play soon. The Indians are off to a 4-1 start this season, despite losing more than 30 points per game from last year, between the graduations of players like Lucy Tougas and Caitlin Hogan, and leading scorer (18 ppg) Sophie Tougas' departure to prep school. Despite Thursday night's 55-46 loss at Amsterdam, Glens Falls is still getting the job done with extremely balanced scoring — Taylor Scarincio (11 ppg), Lexi Cutter (9.4 ppg), Sovereign Strickland (9 ppg), Cambrie Schliff (8.2 ppg), Anna Bayle (7.6 ppg) and Felicity Williams (6.6 ppg) are all between 6 and 11 ppg.
— Another team to watch is Queensbury, which features an all-sophomore starting five and promises to be a factor in the Foothills Council even this season. Hope Sullivan (16.6 ppg), Hailey Ballard (11.8 ppg) and Abby Doin (10.4 ppg) are all averaging in double figures for the Spartans, who topped more-experienced South Glens Falls on Thursday night.
— Speaking of youth movements, several local teams have very young lineups with few upperclassmen. Besides Queensbury, among the teams relying heavily on youth are Fort Edward, Warrensburg and Greenwich, and Lake George and Hartford to an extent, and all are doing well at this early part of the season. Argyle and Fort Ann have arguably the most experienced lineups in the Adirondack League.
— In the MVAC, Bolton and Indian Lake-Long Lake are off to strong starts, Bolton at 5-0, the Orange at 3-0. They meet at Bolton on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.