Lake George 54, Waterford 32
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Third-seeded Lake George moved into the Section II semifinals of the Class C Section II basketball tournament Feb. 26 after a lopsided win over Waterford.
And with Cambridge's stunning defeat of top-ranked Argyle - which beat Lake George in an upset a week earlier for the Adirondack League championship - the route to the Sectional Championship became a little more promising.
Against Waterford, Lake George was led by Matt McGowan with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors outscored Waterford 34-13 in the second and third quarters.
Alex Hladik sunk nine from the line and tallied 13 points for the Warriors. Erik Jones and Jeff Maldonado scored five points apiece with one three-pointer for Jones. Matt Stover and J.D. Jenkins added four points each in the win.
Matt Berthayme led Waterford with 18 points.
Tuesday, Lake George was scheduled to battle with No. 2 seeded Fort Plain, which last week had squeaked past No. 7-seeded Mayfield. The winner of the Lake George-Fort Plain matchup goes up against the winner of the Tuesday game between 8th-seed Cambridge and No. 4 Greenwich for the Section II Class C Championship. The game will be played at 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Lake George 73, Duanesburg 46
LAKE GEORGE - Warrior Matt McGowan "Jimmerized" the competition in the opening round of Section II Class C tournament Feb. 23 as he scored no less than 37 points and tallied 15 rebounds in Lake Georges victory over Duanesburg.
Alex Hladik added 13 points, and J.D. Jenkins had 10 rebounds to go with his six points- which included one 3-pointer.
Erik Jones had six points with one 3-point shot, and Ryan Moll tallied four points for the Warriors. Aaron Chambers sunk one three-pointer and Jeff Maldonado and Matt Stover scored two points apiece in the win.
Cambridge 57, Warrensburg 38
CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge's Will Bromirski found weak spots in Warrensburg's zone defense and hit five 3-pointers to lead his team past Warrensburg in the opening round of the Section II Class C tournament Feb. 23.
Corey Chadwell led Warrensburg with 12 points.
Mike Curtis had nine points and John Joseph put up six points. Nick Monroe had five points with one three-pointer and Tyler Williams had four points with one three-pointer in the loss.
Heatly 48, Bolton 36
BOLTON LANDING - Despite a 12-8 first quarter lead, Bolton fell to Heatly in opening-round play Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Billy Smith sunk four three-pointers and racked up 16 points. Mitchell Jordon ripped down 19 rebounds and finished with 12 points in the loss.
Matthew Smith totaled four points and Tyler Calzada and Dustin French each put up two points apiece in the loss.
North Warren 51, Northville 40
CHESTERTOWN - Lindsey Meade achieved a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds as she led North Warren to a victory over Northville Feb. 23 in the opening round of the Section II Class D tournament. Kiera Warner scored a game-high 15 points for the Cougars with three three-pointers. Teammate Margo Broderick totalled ten points. Chantal Millington had seven points with one three-pointer, Morgan Tennyson had four points and Cassie Maday had two points in the win.
Heatly 41, North Warren 35
GREEN ISLAND - North Warren outscored Heatly handily in the second and fourth quarters, but couldn't overcome a slow start in a Section II Class D tournament quarterfinal defeat Feb. 26 that ended their eventful 2010-11 season. Cougar Kiera Warner led her team with 15 points, a score than included four 3-point shots. Teammates Lindsey Meade and Morgan Tennyson each contributed 6 points in the effort, followed by Margo Broderick with five points. Chantal Millington hit one 3-pointer in the game.
Lake George 45, Fort Plain 29
LAKE GEORGE - Lake George put on an aggressive show to get an opening round victory in Section II basketball Feb. 23.
The Warriors lead 12-2 by the end of the first quarter.
Flaherty scored eight of her 10 points in the first quarter and finished with two three-pointers.
Brittany Baker had a game high 17 points and Caroline Murphy had 11 points for the Warriors with three 3-pointers for Baker and 10 rebounds for Murphy. Lauren Pennock, Courtney Laczko and Gretchen Bechard had two points apiece and Amanda Chambers finished with one point in the win.
Lake George put on an aggressive full-court press and led 22-7 at halftime.
Cambridge 57, Lake George 49
ARGYLE - A furious eleventh-hour effort by the Cambridge girls basketball team toppled the talented Lake George Warriors Feb. 26 in a Section II Class C quarterfinal game that ended up 57-49.
The come-from-behind onslaught in the fourth quarter featured a full-court man-to-man defense, holding the Warriors to six points while Cambridge put up no less than 20 points on the scoreboard.
The game ended the Warriors' eventful 2010-11 girls basketball campaign.
The Warriors handled the Cambridge players most of the game, but suffered 11 turnovers in the fourth quarter after the Indians stepped up their play and revved up their defense.
Lake George's Brittany Baker finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds and teammate Kelly Flaherty finished with 18, including four 3-pointers. Caroline Murphy had eight points and Chelsea Sipowicz finished with one three-pointer in the loss.
Lake George ended its season at 13-6.