As this is the final weekend of league play for High School Basketball before the Holiday Recess, teams will be wanting to make a statement with a full schedule of Friday night games. Plus there's some good high school hockey on the docket, too. Here's the ones we think are the ones you might want to go watch:
Glens Falls at South Glens Falls - Glens Falls found themselves in troubles after a tough middle, where they were outscored 43-19 in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters against a Gloversville squad that is playing really good ball early in the season. South Glens Falls might be an exhausted team by the late stages of the game as they will be playing Johnstown on Thursday night to make up the snow-postponed affair from Tuesday. South Glens Falls is another team who saw 2nd Quarter problems turn into a loss, being outscored 27-13 in that frame against the Hudson Falls Tigers.
Gloversville at Johnstown - As mentioned, Gloversville is playing strong early in the season, and depending on the Thursday game, could be playing a 3-1 Johnstown squad that is wanting something to cheer about after getting demolished by league-favorite Scotia. Gloversville doesn't see the Tartans until January 7th, and would love to set up an undefeated showdown for the top bragging right in the league.
Hadley-Luzurne at Corinth - Hadley-Luzurne is one of three teams to score a season-high 63 points against the Argyle Scots. But like the Fort Ann Cardinals, it was in a losing effort. But they bounced back with a 72-67 league victory against North Warren. The Corinth Tomahawks's Shippee brothers combined for 26 points in their win over Bolton on Wednesday. With Hudson Falls over the holidays, and a league contest against Hartford to start the New Year, Corinth would love the momentum of a league win here.
Salem at Hartford - A defensive stand against Lake George, and we'd be talking about the 4-1 Tanagers at this stage. Joel Wincowski scored a game-winning bucket in the closing seconds as Hartford lost the first of back-to-back games against the top dogs of the Adirondack League. They took their aggression out on Bolton, outscoring them 48-2 in the first half. Things were a little closer against Whitehall, but Tad Jones got the job done with his 31 points. Salem topped Fort Edward, but gave up a lot of foul shots as the Flying Forts gained 27 points at the charity stripe.
Hoosic Valley at Stillwater - This isn't just a local rivalry. This is potentially a battle for the top spot in the Wasaren League. Valley's lone loss was against Section 7's Peru, who prevailed 73-59 at Waterford. Mike Pierre leads the Indians with over 21 points per game, and John Rooney is just under 19 points per game. Stillwater's blemishes includes a 61-40 league loss to Schuylerville and a 55-29 loss to Spa Catholic.
Hudson Falls at Queensbury - Both teams enter the contest undefeated in league play. Hudson Falls saw their Tuesday game against Scotia get snowed out, rescheduled for January 6th, but saw it's conference schedule start with a 55-42 win over South Glens Falls. Bri McKinney scored 28 points as she used her depth to score 7 three pointers. Jillian Davis and Kelly McLaughlin outscored Broadalbin-Perth on Wednesday as the Spartans prevailed 54-13.
Fort Edward at Fort Ann - The Flying Forts outscored the Salem Generals 34-1 on Wednesday night, easily winning 90-17. The squad that made it to Troy last year look strong to do the same, but will have to survive an undefeated Fort Ann squad to maintain their spot on the top of the Adirondack League
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Queensbury at Bethlehem (Fri 7:40p.m.)- The Queensbury Spartans are win-less, but all those games are against non-conference opponents. Finally back into the warm confides of the CDHSHL, the Spartans look to get points against a hungry Bethlehem Eagles squad.
Rome Free Academy (Sect III) at Saratoga (Sat 4:30p.m.) - Rome is undefeated heading into their Friday night game against Cicero-North Syracuse. This could be the test the defending state champions need to see how well the 2013-14 Blue Streaks stack against the rest of the state. After skating to a 3-3 draw against rival Shenendehowa, the Blue Streaks will want to put a strong effort at the Weibel Avenue rink.