Boland, Brown guide Shenendehowa girls’ basketball squad past Albany

Carly Boland of Shenendehowa makes a pass between Aubrey Halloran and Bridget Whelen of Albany Friday, January 22, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Carly Boland of Shenendehowa makes a pass between Aubrey Halloran and Bridget Whelen of Albany Friday, January 22, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— Too much Carly Boland.

Way too much Sydney Brown.

“They both were in attack mode,” Shenendehowa girls’ basketball head coach Joe Murphy said after his team’s 69-42 win Friday against Albany.

In a showcase featuring two of the best teams in the Suburban Council and Section II, the Shenendehowa duo made sure their team returned home with its undefeated record intact. Boland scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brown went for 22 points and 12 rebounds in front of an enthusiastic Albany crowd.

“The atmosphere here was great,” Boland said. “So many people, so many fans.”

“I enjoy these types of games,” Brown said.

The two squads had not played since Shenendehowa (12-0, 14-0) upset Albany (11-2, 14-2) in the 2014 Section II Class AA title game. Early on in Friday’s meeting, the two clubs appeared destined for a barn-burner. Each team made its first two field goals — plus four free throws apiece — in the opening minutes before Shenendehowa gained control.

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.