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South Glens Falls girls basketball coach Joe Palmer, center, talks to his team during a timeout out in their Dec. 14 Foothills Council game at Queensbury High School.

Pete Tobey,

With winter weather postponing several games in the past week — as well as scrubbing the Dec. 22 slate just before the Christmas break — many teams have a game or two to make up. Hopefully I can keep you up to date on changes as we get them — Argyle is now scheduled to play host to Whitehall on Monday at 7 p.m.

However, a few games were played Friday night (Jan. 5), including South Glens Falls' stunning 46-40 Foothills Council victory over previously unbeaten Scotia — the No. 12-ranked Class A team in the state.

The Bulldogs (4-4, 4-5) led the entire way, getting a game-high 23 points from Mackenzie Collier and nine from Celyna Shaw as they stunned the Tartans.

"I have a very tough and determined group of girls who believe in themselves, trust their coaches and work hard," said South High coach Joe Palmer, who wasn't sure of the last time the Bulldogs beat a Scotia team. "And I have great assistant coaches who put them in a position to win against a very, very good Scotia team."

Palmer said his team, which is led by six seniors, has taken on a simple philosophy this season.

"Attitude and effort are the only things you can control," Palmer said. "Sometimes your shots don't fall or the ball doesn't bounce your way, but you can control your attitude and effort — and they did that for 32 minutes."

Palmer said the Bulldogs led wire-to-wire, sometimes by only one point, including a 22-21 halftime edge.

"At halftime, we said to them, 'We could say that we played hard and had a one-point lead on a team with a loaded roster, or we can keep playing hard and finish the game,'" Palmer said. "They're a gritty team, that's why I love coaching them.

"Our girls know they have to pay attention to the details. If you make a mistake, keeping working and make the next play," Palmer added. "This team responds to challenges — they'll compete against everybody."

More catching up stuff:

— One of the season's best individual performances occurred last week, when Greenwich freshman guard Molly Brophy dropped in a whopping 38 points in the Witches' 80-33 non-league victory over Granville on Dec. 27. She scored 19 2-point field goals for her total. Brophy, who netted 29 points in a Dec. 1 game against Canajoharie, is averaging 18.6 points per game for Greenwich.

— The most recent New York State Sportswriters Association girls basketball rankings, which came out earlier this week, features several Section II teams, but not as many area teams. Cambridge, at 7-0 the leader of the Wasaren League's Division 2, is ranked fifth in Class C, two spots behind Mekeel Christian. Hoosic Valley is ranked 11th, and Berne-Knox is 19th. In Class B, Tamarac (7-1) is ranked sixth and Mechanicville (6-1) is No. 21.

— Who knows if it's an oversight, but not one Adirondack League team is ranked in the state, despite the league's track record of producing state tournament-caliber teams. Lake George is 8-2, but the Warriors' only losses were to Class B Cohoes (40-38) and Class AA Saratoga Springs. Warrensburg is also 8-2 and plays in Class C. In Class D, Argyle (5-2), Fort Ann (5-2), Hartford (6-3), Fort Edward (5-3) and North Warren (5-4) are all going to be in the mix in the Adirondack League and the Section II tournament, with No. 15 Heatly (6-2) the only Section II team in the state rankings.

Bolton (8-0) of the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference, is ranked seventh in the state in Class D.

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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