BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — As Shenendehowa senior forward Samira Sangare put it, her squad had prepared for its latest girls’ basketball game with Bethlehem for a little more than nine months.
That was the duration between last season’s Section II Class AA championship game and Tuesday’s Suburban Council contest. But while Shenendehowa’s 67-34 throttling of the defending champions felt good, the result did not leave the Plainsmen satisfied.
“We didn’t win a trophy tonight,” said Sangare, who had five points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Shenendehowa.
The Plainsmen will have to wait several months for that opportunity, but what head coach Joe Murphy’s Shenendehowa girls’ basketball squad did Tuesday night was establish itself as the clear favorite in this season’s Suburban Council and Section II Class AA field. In a dominant showing, Shenendehowa (5-0, 5-0) had five players score before Bethlehem (3-1, 4-1) could register its first points in a contest that was never competitive.
Shenendehowa junior forward Sydney Brown, who scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, said the Plainsmen knew a quick start was imperative to set the game’s tone.
“But once we got the momentum, we kind of just kept going,” Brown said.