We have an all-Adirondack League showdown tonight (Wednesday) in the Class D semifinals of the Section II Girls Basketball Tournament at Saratoga Springs High School.
First off, we have Fort Edward vs. Hartford at 6 p.m., followed by top-seeded Argyle vs. Fort Ann. We're guaranteed a local Section II champ at the conclusion of the finals, set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.
So here's some fun facts behind this particular final four:
Argyle (17-4) — The top-seeded Scots have one of the top players in the league in senior Samantha Humiston, as well as outside shooter Eve Carmody and sophomore point guard Erica Liddle. The Scots last won the Section II Class D title in 2012, and lost in the finals the last two years (to North Warren last year, and to Fort Edward in 2016). From 2006-12, Argyle won Class D every even year.
Fort Ann (15-7) — The Cardinals have never won a Section II title in girls basketball, but not for lack of trying. They lost in the finals to Fort Edward in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and fell in the semis the last two years. But they are a downright dangerous team — first-year coach Logan Watson had four of five starters return this season, including leading scorer Amanda Godfrey and sophomore guard Sarah Paige. Like Argyle, the Cardinals have a ton of experience.
Fort Edward (13-8) — The Flying Forts upended No. 2 seed Heatly 53-47 in the quarterfinals last week, reaching the semifinals a year after being bounced in the first round. Under coach Jason Thomas, the Forts won five of six Class D titles from 2011-16 — losing only once in the finals, to Argyle in 2012, in that span. Fort Edward is very young -- no seniors this season -- and is led by the Thomas sisters, junior Mady and freshman Gaby. They are surrounded by solid role players. They play a very tough, high-pressure defense that the Forts made famous in their multiple title runs.
Hartford (13-8) — The Tanagers have reached the Class D semifinals for the first time since 2009, and are eyeing their first finals berth since 2007, when they lost to Fort Edward. Hartford last won Section II Class D in 2004-05, back-to-back titles in the Michelle Smith-Erin Murphy era. The Tanagers, which have a pair of wins over Fort Edward this season, have outstanding height in their lineup, with Abby Monroe and Alondra Nims over 6 feet tall, and leading scorer Cailyn Harrington at 5-10.