Argyle girls basketball coach Terry Chamberlain reached out to the past for some help with the Scots’ upcoming opponent.
Former Argyle standout Jax Miller, now a grad student at Plattsburgh State, attended the Section VII girls basketball finals last week and gave Chamberlain a scouting report on Moriah, whom the Scots face in Saturday’s Class D state regional final.
The game tips off at 6 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Field House. The winner advances to the semifinals of the State Girls Basketball Tournament the following weekend at Hudson Valley Community College.
“They remind me of us,” said Chamberlain, who also watched some of Moriah’s games on YouTube. “They have girls who can handle the ball, run the court, score points. They’ll be a formidable opponent.”
Argyle is hoping to reach the state final four for the first time since the Scots were state runners-up in 2012, when Miller was an 11th-grader.
This year’s Scots (19-4) are led by veterans like Sam Humiston, Eve Carmody, Danielle Sill and the Liddle cousins, Erica and Hailee. Humiston (14.3 points per game) and Carmody (10 ppg) lead the team in scoring. The 5-foot-11 Humiston dominated the paint in Argyle’s last two playoff games, scoring 27 points in the Scots’ 49-40 win over Hartford in the Section II final last week.
“Sam has really stepped up her game, but they’ve all really stepped up,” Chamberlain said. “Danielle is all over the place on defense, making stops. Eve has been doing an outstanding job on the other team’s best offensive player. Hailee and Erica handle the ball well and play physical defense.”
“They remind us of a couple of teams that we play during the season,” Moriah coach Steve Pelkey said. “They outsize us at a couple of positions. Sam is a dominant post and all-around player — she’s a tough matchup for us. And they play man-to-man (defense) very well.”
Moriah (20-3) is very familiar with this level. The Vikings have won five straight Section VII titles — last year they outlasted North Warren in overtime in the regional final, before losing in the state semis.
The Vikings are led by juniors McKenzie Sprague (15.9 ppg) and Madison Olcott (14.6 ppg), both three-year varsity players. Sprague reached 1,000 points for her career last month, and Olcott is five points away.
“These kids have played together for what seems like forever,” said Pelkey, whose team is coming off a 47-38 win over Westport in the Section VII final. “We’re basically a team of guards. We like to spread the floor a lot, run a lot of motion offense, and put an emphasis on defense and rebounding.”
“We can’t give them extra opportunities and get out on the break. We have to take care of the basketball, challenge their shots and rebound,” Chamberlain said. “It’s common-sense fundamentals.”