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High school basketball: Madrid-Waddington boys, Heuvelton girls fall in state quarterfinals


CANTON — The Madrid-Waddington boys and Heuvelton girls enjoyed the luxury of playing close to home in the state Class D quarterfinals Saturday. But they didn’t get the results they wanted.

Playing at SUNY Canton, Section 2’s Class D girls basketball champion Fort Edward held on to beat Heuvelton 46-45 in the first game. Then, Section 7 boys basketball champion Moriah defeated Madrid-Waddington 51-41 in the second game.

Fort Edward and Moriah advance to play state semifinal games next weekend.



Fort Edward coach Jason Thomas needed just one more defensive stop in the final seconds of the Class D girls semifinal game at SUNY Canton.

Heuvelton’s Olivia St. Pierre had pulled her team within one point at 46-45 with 54 seconds remaining and then Fort Edward turned the ball over on a five-second inbounds infraction with 14 seconds to play as coach Thomas was pleading for a timeout.

“In big games, things like that happen,” Thomas said. “With the crowd noise, they might not have heard it. Fortunately for us, it didn’t affect the outcome of the game.”

But the Forts (17-2) got their stop after Heuvelton (21-3) moved the ball inside but didn’t convert the shot. Fort Edward’s Kaili Knapp grabbed the defensive rebound with less than two seconds remaining. The Forts’ Lexi Thomas then launched a 50-foot inbounds pass to teammate Brittni Sardina, who clutched the ball to run off the final ticks for the victory.

“I said, ‘Brittni, if all else fails, with one second left, release. Lexi can throw it to half court and all you have to do is touch it and the game will expire,’” coach Thomas said.

For Heuvelton coach Rob Powers it was a disappointing end to a season to remember.

“I felt that we didn’t play to our potential,” he said. “They took us out of our game plan and we struggled.”

Heuvelton trailed 41-35 but used back-to-back 3-pointers from the left corner by Logan Tallman to tie the score 41-41. The Bulldogs’ Paige McCormick put her team ahead 43-41 with 2:06 left to play, but Fort Edward’s Alexis Thomas converted a 3-point play with 1:52 to play for a 44-43 lead for the Forts. She then put Fort Edward ahead 46-43 on its next possession.

Sardina scored 11 points and supplied five rebounds for Fort Edward. Alexis Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds and Kaicey Sardina nine points and seven rebounds.

St. Pierre scored 16 points and supplied eight rebounds for Heuvelton. Weidner scored eight of her 12 points in the first quarter and added four steals. McCormick supplied eight points and five rebounds, and Tallman eight rebounds.

“There were a couple of times in the game when we could have folded but this team didn’t quit and we played scrappy until the end,” Powers said.



Moriah coach Brian Collins was forced to pull his team out of their comfort zone at SUNY Canton.

“We’ve been aggressive all year but tonight, we might have been a little too aggressive early on and we were charged with three or for charge calls and we got into major foul trouble early,” said coach Collins whose team will make its first trip back to the final four since 2003.

Moriah went to its bench through the second quarter and early in the fourth and the No. 5 team in the state prevailed over Section 10 champion Madrid-Waddington.

Madrid-Waddington, meanwhile, also struggled with foul trouble and went just 11-for-48 from the field.

“Tonight, we had some big turnovers and we had some lapses in our offense,” said Madrid-Waddington coach Aaron Jones. “I think we were stuck on 37 (points) for three to four minutes and against a team like Moriah, empty trips hurt.”

The Yellowjackets performed better on defense, forcing the Vikings to change their game plan.

“We played man to man the whole Argyle game but were forced to go into a zone in the second quarter when Adam Jaquish got his second (foul),” Collins said. “We had some foul trouble the whole game and we were lucky to mix and match players in the second quarter and early in the fourth after (Jaquish) picked up his fourth.”

Moriah (21-2) eventually put the game away on an 11-2 run after Madrid-Waddington’s leading scorer David Odendahl fouled out with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left in the game. Odendahl finished with 12 points.

Jaquish finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Pratt and Gilbo each scored 10.

Armstrong delivered 11 points for Madrid-Waddington (14-10), and Jacob Barney provided 10 rebounds and four steals.

“It’s always disappointing to lose,” Jones said. “But coming from the seventh seed (in Section 10) and getting here, I’m just proud of the guys especially our seniors.”

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