A look ahead at the week in girls basketball

There aren’t too many league games in Section 9 girls’ basketball this week – at least in the OCIAA – but there are a few interesting non-league games to watch.

(10:26 p.m. update: Here are the latest state rankings, released on Jan. 14. Top 3 teams as well as any Section 9 teams are included.)

Class AA

1. Ossining (8-3, Section 1)

2. South Shore (14-2, PSAL)

3. Bethlehem (10-0, Section 2)

19. Monroe-Woodbury (9-0)


Class A

1. Holy Names (9-0, Section 2)

2. Wallkill (9-0)

3. Lutheran (9-3, AIS)

25. Red Hook (7-2)


Class B

1. Irvington (9-1, Section 1)

2. Westhill (10-0, Section 3)

3. Oneonta (9-0, Section 4)

9. John A. Coleman Catholic (8-1)

19. Marlboro (5-2)


Class C

1. Alexander Hamilton (9-0, Section 1)

2. Little Falls (9-0, Section 3)

3. Chautauqua Lake (6-0, Section 6)

23. Millbrook (7-2)


Class D

1. South Kortright (10-0, Section 4)

2. Elba (9-0, Section 5)

3. Fort Edward (9-0, Section 2)


Now, back to the games of the week.


  • Monroe-Woodbury at Minisink Valley, 6:30 p.m.

Monroe-Woodbury has made its mark as the best Class AA school in the OCIAA so far this season, as the Crusaders are off to a 9-0 start.

Minisink Valley, however, is 7-3 overall and right in the mix of things at 2-1 in Division II games. By my standings, Minisink was 7-11 last year and 1-5 in division games during the 2011-12 season. It’s been a big turnaround so far.

Can Minisink make a statement with a major non-league victory? Will the Warriors be able to keep it close? Will Monroe-Woodbury make it win No. 10?

Kerrie Walsh drives around a fellow teammate during practice. Monroe-Woodbury girl's basketball practice on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. (Jeff Goulding photo/Times Herald-Record)


  • Valley Central at Monroe-Woodbury, 6:30 p.m.

It’s a similar situation in this game as the defending Section 9 Class AA  champion, Valley Central, heads to Monroe-Woodbury.

Will the Vikings be able to win again in Central Valley? Last year, No. 5 Valley Central knocked off No. 1 Monroe-Woodbury in the Section 9 Class AA semifinals. Valley Central has been scuffling a bit this year (5-3 overall, 1-2 in the division), so a win here would go a long way in boosting the Vikings’ confidence for another stretch run.

Again, it will be another good non-conference test for the Crusaders.

Red Hook's Julianne Wilkinson (11) tries to knock the ball away from Marlboro's Taylor Orszewski (00) during a game in Marlboro on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (Tom Bushey photo/Times Herald-Record)


  • Marlboro at Wallkill, 6:30 p.m.

Marlboro lost a tough MHAL game last week to Red Hook, but they’ll get another shot against one of the MHAL’s best Friday night at Wallkill.

Last year, these two teams played an epic playoff game at Marlboro in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Marlboro led by 22 points after the first quarter, but Wallkill stormed back to take a 1-point lead with 6:08 left in the fourth quarter. Marlboro bounced back and won, 58-53. Read that game story here.

This year, Marlboro will compete in the Class B bracket, so this game doesn’t have postseason implications, but it should still be a competitive game on both sides.

Here are the latest Section 9 girls’ basketball standings:

girls’ basketball standings, 2012-13
(through 1-13-13)
OCIAA Division I
League, Overall
Monroe-Woodbury 4-0, 9-0
Kingston 2-1, 5-4
Newburgh 2-2, 3-7
Middletown 1-2, 3-7
Pine Bush 0-4, 1-7
OCIAA Division II
Minisink Valley 2-1, 7-3
Washingtonville 2-1, 4-5
Valley Central 1-2, 5-3
Warwick 1-2, 6-4
OCIAA Division III
Cornwall 3-0, 4-3
Goshen 2-1, 5-3
Monticello 1-2, 5-3
Port Jervis 0-3, 4-4
OCIAA Division IV
Burke Catholic 3-0, 6-2
James I. O’Neill 2-1, 3-6
Liberty 1-2, 3-7
Sullivan West 0-3, 1-8
OCIAA Division V
Chester 4-0, 6-3
Tri-Valley 3-1, 7-3
Tuxedo 2-2, 5-3
Fallsburg 1-3, 6-3
S.S Seward 0-4, 3-6
OCIAA Division VI
Eldred 2-0, 3-5
Livingston Manor 2-0, 2-4
Chapel Field 1-2, 1-4
Family School 0-3, 0-7
MHAL Division I
Wallkill 5-0, 9-0
Roosevelt 4-1, 6-2
Saugerties 2-5, 2-7
New Paltz 0-5, 0-6
MHAL Division II
Red Hook 6-0, 6-2
Marlboro 3-2, 5-2
Highland 3-5, 3-6
Rondout Valley 0-4, 0-4
MHAL Division III
Onteora 6-2, 7-3
Spackenkill 5-2, 5-4
Ellenville 2-6, 2-7
Dover 0-7, 1-8
MHAL Division IV
Coleman Catholic 7-0, 8-1
Millbrook 6-2, 7-2
Rhinebeck 1-3, 2-4
Pine Plains 0-6, 1-6

Your thoughts on some big games coming up? Let me know on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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