COLONIE The top two seeds will meet for the Section II Class A girls basketball title after Scotia-Glenville and Averill Park posted semifinal victories Tuesday at Colonie Central High School.
No. 2 Scotia-Glenville (18-2) defeated No. 3 Holy Names 51-35 in the first game of the doubleheader, while top-seeded Averill Park got past Suburban Council rival Mohonasen 48-41 in the second game.
While Averill Park is seeking its third Sectional title in the last five years, Scotia-Glenville is hoping to earn its first championship when the two teams meet Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.
Scotia-Glenville head coach Regan Burns knows a thing or two about winning Sectional titles. She played on a Voorheesville squad that won three straight Class C championships, as well as the 1998 state title.
"It was fun to be there as a player, and it will be fun to be there as a coach," said Burns. "I know exactly what the kids are going through, and hopefully it helps them believe I know what I am talking about.''
The Lady Tartans took an 11-6 lead in the first quarter thanks to the efforts of Monica Compton and Cassie Broadhead. The team's top two leading scorers combined for all 11 points.
Scotia-Glenville continued to build on its lead. The Lady Tartans extended their advantage to 21-14 at halftime and built an 11-point cushion in the third quarter before sealing the victory with a strong performance at the free throw line. Scotia-Glenville made 13 of its 16 foul shots in the second half, preventing Holy Names (17-3) from trimming the deficit.
"We shoot quite a few free throws in practice,'' said Burns. "That's why our objective is to get to the line. We get there, and then we make them count.''
Compton scored 21 points, and Broadhead contributed 17 points for Scotia-Glenville, which extended its streak of holding opponents under 50 points to 10 games.