NISKAYUNA Shenendehowa coach Ken Strube was on the sidelines for the last time of his storied Section II career at the Big 10-Suburban Council Exceptional Seniors girls basketball game Tuesday night at Niskayuna.
Fittingly, Strube went out with a victory as his Suburban Council contingent defeated the Big 10 69-43.
It was even more fitting that two players from Shen turned in big performances for Strube, as Emily Weber and Mary Kate Cusack combined for 31 points.
“We were really excited and it was enjoyable, but we wanted to win,’’ said the Canisius-bound Weber, who led the Suburban Council team with 17 points. “It was good to play with our teammates from AAU, and also to play on the same team with girls that we have played against for four years.”
When Strube walked off the court, many well wishers awaited him. Strube said his retirement hasn’t really sunk in.
“It won’t hit until the summer,’’ Strube said. “I am thinking (about) what’s good ahead, and we have a team fundraiser and the banquet to look forward to.”
Weber hit three 3-pointers in the first two minutes of play, and Cusack added six points in the opening period as the Suburban Council charged out to a 23-8 lead. Weber and Cusack each scored seven points in the second period to put their team in front 42-18 at the half.
The Big 10 couldn’t cut into the lead and was outscored 34-15 in the second half. Still, there was nothing but hand-shaking and hugs afterwards, along with a little laughter.
“This game is all about fun,” said Albany coach Kelly Haggerty-MacNabb said. “It was fun to get all these girls together and see them play on one team. There was no talk about winning or losing.”
“It was fun to play with and against such talent,” said Colonie’s Ashley Loggins.