The first weekly Varsity845 girls’ basketball page will be published in the Times Herald-Record on Thursday. In it, I feature Fallsburg’s two big rebounders, Kelsey Moody and Nyasia Blakney, who are combining for 27.8 boards per game through the Comets’ first seven games.
Be sure to check out the paper on Thursdays for the rest of the season to get the latest on what’s going on in Section 9 girls’ basketball.
We’ll also publish the latest standings and a top 10 rankings.
Varsity845 girls’ basketball top 10 rankings
1. Wallkill (6-0): The Panthers made a statement by beating defending Class AA champion Valley Central by 38 points earlier this month.
2. Monroe-Woodbury (4-0): The Crusaders host Kingston tonight in a key OCIAA Div. I game.
3. Kingston (3-1): Shantyce Broadhead and Sianna VanDyke are two of the leaders on a young team that is still looking to make its mark.
4. Coleman Catholic (3-0): Coleman has already beaten Marlboro and Highland and again looks like one of the MHAL’s best teams.
5. Goshen (3-1): Emma Weiss is averaging 16.7 points per game, leading Goshen to a quick start this season.
6. Cornwall (1-2): The Dragons aren’t at full strength right now, but they’ll certainly be ready to go before long.
7. Newburgh Free Academy (2-2): NFA’s two losses came to very good teams in Wallkill and Ossining, which is led by UConn recruit Saniya Chong.
8. Warwick (2-1): The Panthers edged defending Section 9 champion Valley Central by one point last week.
9. Marlboro (3-1): Nicole DeSantis, Taylor Orszewski and Angelica DeSantis are all averaging at least 10 points per game so far, giving the Dukes one of the most prolific offenses in the MHAL.
10. Valley Central (2-2): The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Vikings, who host Div. II rival Washingtonville tonight.
There are some big games on the Thursday schedule, including the Division V showdown between Tri-Valley and Fallsburg, which I also mention in Thursday’s story.
Fallsburg head coach Daniel Redmond said he’s been talking with the other coaches in Division V and all of them are expecting a very fun regular season.
“We’ve all come to an agreement that it’s a very competitive division and that on any day, any team could win. In my five years, it’s the first time it’s been like that,” Redmond said.
Other games to watch on Thursday:
Goshen at Cornwall
Kingston at Monroe-Woodbury
Chester at Tuxedo
Washingtonville at Valley Central
Those games – and a few others – will really give us a pretty good sense of where the top teams stand heading into the Christmas break.
Your thoughts on the season so far? Have any teams established themselves as front-runners for a Section 9 title? Are there some teams off to a slow start you expect to peak in February? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.
I’ve got a story on Wallkill’s hot start set for next Thursday, Dec. 27.