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SCS keeps winning ... and winning ... and winning

There is no Section II school that can claim what Schenectady Christian can claim.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams at the Scotia-based private school are undefeated as they enter the month of February.

I don't remember both of us being undefeated this late in the year, said SCS boys coach Chad Bowman.

"It's great. We're having a lot of fun," said girls coach Paul Brosious. "It's great for the kids."

Success is nothing new to either team. The boys team (10-0 league, 15-0 overall) is the reigning class C Sectional champion, while the girls team (11-0, 16-0) won a Section II title in 2006 and reached the finals last year. But to be undefeated at the same time is something neither coach expected.

"It's a great league," said Brosious. "The Western Athletic Southern Division (where SCS plays) has produced four of the last five Sectional champions (in class C), so they know they have to prepare for each opponent."

"We just try to have the same approach we had last year, which is to improve with every game," said Bowman.

Both teams feature dynamic low post players. Senior forward Jake Bowman is one of the top five scorers among all Section II boys basketball players with a 23.4 points per game average, while senior forward Sarah Child is third among all girls basketball players with a 19.5 points per game average.

But both coaches are quick to acknowledge the roles the other starters play in helping Bowman and Child do what they do.

"Last year at Sectionals is when (Jake) emerged into that scorer's role, and he's continued that into this season," coach Bowman said of his son. "But we feel we have players who can step up around Jake as well."

"(Child is) stronger, and her shooting percentage is much better than last year," said Brosious. "But the real key that allows her to do what she does is all the other players. We have several players who can shoot three pointers well, so other teams have to respect that. That frees Sarah up to do what she does because other teams can't double- or triple-team her."

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