Eldred, Marlboro girls basketball teams head to Final Four

Eldred and Marlboro will represent Section 9 in the girls basketball Final Four – as will Dutchess County’s Pine Plains – this coming weekend at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Here’s a look at how these teams got here and what they’ll be up against in the state semifinals.



Record: 22-2

On the resume: MHAL Division II regular season champion; MHAL tournament champion, first since 1986; Section 9 champion, first since 1986; state semifinalist, first since 1984.

Projected starting lineup

Pos., Yr., Name, PPG

PG, Jr., Taylor Felicello, 8.6

G, Soph., Talaya Lewis, 12.1

G, Fr., Jetta Stephens, 5.8

G/F, Sr. Julia Rusk, 16.1

F, Sr., Missy Sadler, 15.9

Key reserves: 8th grade G/F Erin Lofaro.


Class B schedule


Friday, March 11

Livonia (21-4, Section 5) vs. Canton (21-4, Section 10), 10 a.m.

Marlboro vs. Westhill (23-1, Section 3), 11:45 a.m.


Saturday, March 12

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.



About Westhill: The Syracuse-area champs will be an interesting matchup for Marlboro. Sisters Delaney and Mackenzie Martin and Mary Kate Washburn are Westhill’s “Big Three,” and they combined for 61 of Westhill’s 72 points in a 72-62 win over Seton Catholic in a Class B quarterfinal. Westhill’s only loss of the season came against Bishop Ludden on Dec. 10. Marlboro has its “Big Four” and also likes to play an up-tempo style so this should be a fun, high-scoring semifinal. For more on Westhill, check out this story from Syracuse.com.

About Livonia: Livonia rallied from a 7-point deficit with three minutes to play to beat Olean in the Far West championship game, 56-52. Check out more here from the Genesee Sun.

About Canton: The Golden Bears used an offensive putback and a defensive strip in the game’s final 30 seconds to beat Northeastern Clinton, 50-48, in a state quarterfinal game. The Watertown Daily Times has more here.


Here is some of the Marlboro content we’ve had in the TH-R this season:

Sadler vaults Marlboro to state semis

Marlboro pulls off shocking comeback win, beats No. 1 Irvington

Marlboro girls end Section 9 title drought

Lewis keys Marlboro’s comeback win in Section 9 semis

A banner night for Sadler, Marlboro in MHAL finals

Marlboro earns shot at MHAL title

Marlboro’s Sadler refuses to be silenced

Rusk’s position change fuels Marlboro, her 40-point quadruple double

Former teammates Biordi and Casey face off as coaches


Record: 19-3

On the resume: OCIAA Division VI regular season champion; Section 9 Class D champion for the third straight season; second trip to state semifinals in three seasons; undefeated against Class D competition this season; only losses against defending state champion Cooperstown and both Section 9 Class C finalists, Pine Plains and S.S. Seward.

Projected starting lineup

Pos., Yr., Name, PPG

PG, Sr., Sheila Burns, 8.5

SG, Jr., Jordan Lepes, 10.6

G, Soph., Sami Clemmons, 5.4

F, Soph., Alaina Gaughan, 5.9

C, Sr., Kelsey Collins, 16.5

Key reserves: Soph. F Kass Weatherly; Jr., G/F Alyssa McGrail.


Class D schedule


Saturday, March 12

Fort Edward (21-3, Section 2) vs. Panama (17-4, Section 6), 9 a.m.

Eldred vs. Heuvelton (26-0, Section 10), 10:45 a.m.


Sunday, March 13

Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.



About Heuvelton: The defending state champions have had quite the encore. Heuvelton is undefeated and carries a 29-game winning streak into the state semifinals. In a state quarterfinal, Heuvelton had no problem with New York Mills, leading by as many as 29 in a 63-48 win over New York Mills. Junior Paige McCormick scored 22 points in the win. She is the reigning state Class D Player of the Year. The Watertown Daily Times has plenty more here.

About Fort Edward: The Flying Forts are no stranger to the state semifinals. This is the program’s fourth straight trip to the Final Four. Fort Edward was 16-of-26 at the line in a 35-19 win over Moriah in its state quarterfinal triumph. The man, the myth, the legend Pete Tobey¬†has more here in the Glens Falls Post Star.

About Panama: Panama was a 56-51 winner over Wheatland-Chili in the Far West final. Both Panama’s boys and girls teams are headed to the Final Four this upcoming weekend. The Buffalo News has more here.


Here is some of the Eldred content we’ve had in the TH-R this season:

Eldred earns trip to state semis

Eldred girls win third straight Section 9 D title

Eldred duo chase hoop titles

Eldred honors vet Hanson for fight against cancer

Eldred in top form as winter sports start

A few more things. I post photos to Flickr and you can check out all kinds of shots from the winter season here.

We’ll have plenty more coverage of Section 9 basketball in the paper this week. I’ll be up in Troy for the games this weekend. Check out my Twitter feed for the latest: @THR_Montgomery.

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