The weather intervened in one game I was looking forward to covering this week — the Cambridge at Greenwich girls basketball game was postponed by inclement weather from Wednesday to Thursday night. Since I was working a desk shift on Thursday, I was unable to go to the game, so I still have not had the chance to see undefeated Cambridge play.
So unfortunately, I missed Indians freshman Sophie Phillips light it up with a 31-point night, including seven 3-pointers. Phillips is averaging 15.3 points per game, while her sister, Lilly, who scored 14 in the game, is averaging 12.1 ppg.
Also impressive was the job by the Cambridge defense in holding the Witches' Molly Brophy — also a high-scoring freshman — to seven points, well below her 17.8 ppg average coming into the game.
Brophy scored 38 points in a Dec. 27 game against Granville, the highest scoring total in area girls basketball this season.
— Cambridge, now 12-0 with a rout of Waterford on Friday night, is currently ranked No. 2 in the state in Class C.
— Among other local teams in the state rankings, Saratoga Springs moved up to 24th in Class AA, Lake George is ranked 16th in Class C (Hoosic Valley is No. 11), and other than No. 6-ranked Bolton in Class D, only Argyle at No. 19 got any love from the pollsters. Adirondack League teams will beat each other up until sectionals, then — voila, we may see a couple more teams in the rankings as they make deep playoff runs.
More stuff from this week:
— I covered the Lake George at Hartford game on Friday night, and the Warriors' defense was outstanding in shutting down the Tanagers. The game started off slow — Lake George held a 2-0 lead for the first 3:52 of the game before more points were scored, and in that final 4:08 of the first quarter, the Warriors outscored Hartford 16-2.
— Lake George opened a 23-8 halftime lead and cruised from there. Bennett finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds and seven steals.
— Lake George's Graceann Bennett, the area's leading scorer and a 6-foot-2 junior forward, showed her versatility by bringing the ball up, running the perimeter and driving the lane, in addition to rebounding at both ends.
"When every defense is focused so much on her, then she’s going to make her teammates better by driving and dishing," Hartford coach Wendy Harrington said. "She does all the other stuff, too — she rebounds well, she plays good defense, she can handle the ball and she gets her teammates involved, and that’s hard to contend.
Added Harrington: "We have three bigs, but the basketball IQ and the basketball ability that she has, there’s not any D teams that can really compete with that and there’s not a lot of teams in this area at the D and C level that can really contain that type of player."