Shenendehowa girls’ basketball heads to semis

Shenendehowa's Courtney Guiry, left, and Sydney Brown are shown before a girls' basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Courtney Guiry, left, and Sydney Brown are shown before a girls' basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — On break from game action since Feb. 9, top-seeded Shenendehowa had more turnovers than points through the first few minutes of a matchup with Catholic Central in the Section II Class AA girls’ basketball tournament Monday.

But midway through the first quarter, a quick flurry got the Plainsmen right in a hurry. Pressure defense and the resulting fast-break layups helped Shenendehowa turn a 4-3 advantage into a 10-3 lead, and the Plainsmen coasted from there to a 72-46 win.

“We had to shake the rust off a little bit,” senior guard Carly Boland said. “But once we got going, we were able to separate.”

The quick 6-0 spurt took less than a minute to complete, with Boland providing two of the baskets and sophomore guard Alexandra Tudor adding the one that caused a Catholic Central timeout.

That stretch was part of a larger 15-0 run for Shenendehowa, which led 33-16 at halftime and saw its lead grow to its largest midway through the fourth quarter at 33 points.

“Once we got going,” Boland said, “it was pretty easy for us to get back into gear.”

Shenendehowa's Alexandra Tudor (33) dribbles up the court during a girls' basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Shenendehowa’s Alexandra Tudor (33) dribbles up the court during a girls’ basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

For Shenendehowa (No. 1, 19-2), it was a balanced scoring effort. Boland’s 14 points led the Plainsmen, junior forward Sydney Brown added 11, three players — senior forward Morgan O’Brien, senior guard Sydney Quinn, and sophomore guard Cam Tooley — had nine, and senior forward Samira Sangare added eight.

“We’ve always talked team, team, team,” Shenendehowa head coach Joe Murphy said. “Tonight, we showed it.”

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About the Author

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.