Hoosic Valley and Voorheesville put on a defensive clinic in Friday’s Section II Class C girls basketball championship game at Hudson Valley Community College.
Neither team shot the ball well, but Hoosic Valley did just enough at the offensive end to defeat Voorheesville 36-28 in a battle between the defending Class B and C Sectional champions.
“The problem is when both teams play great defense, it comes down to which person hits their shots,” said Voorheesville coach Robert Baron.
In Hossic Valley’s case, it was guards Cassidy Chapko and Morgan Anderson who came through in the clutch. Anderson drained a key three-pointer in the third quarter to put the Lady Indians ahead 18-16, and Chapko made all five of her free throws in the second half to keep her team in front.
“We knew if we kept playing our defense and kept pushing the ball, we’d win the game,” said Chapko, who earned tournament MVP honors with a 14-point performance.
In terms of playing to their strengths, both teams struggled. Hoosic Valley -- one of the top three-point shooting teams in Section II -- made only four of its 27 attempts from behind the arc, while Voorheesville couldn’t use its height advantage up front thanks to early foul trouble against senior forward Sarah Madden.
Madden sat out much of the second half after collecting her fourth foul with 3:09 left in the third quarter.
“Sarah Madden is a very good player, and when she went to the bench with her fourth foul that helped us,” said Chapko.
“You can’t take a 6-foot, 1-inch girl who’s one of the top players on the court out of the game and expect to win,” said Baron.
At the time of Madden’s fourth foul, Voorheesville was clinging to a 16-15 lead. By the time Madden returned in the fourth quarter, Hoosic Valley was in front 27-22, and the Blackbirds never got closer than three points the rest of the night.