Here, the name of the school could be changed to PGHS - Point Guard High School.
That’s because the school is home to a duo of elite one-guards in the Northern Basketball League - boys’ varsity senior Shane Douglas and girls’ varsity junior Meghan Strong.
The duo both earned captain honors for the All Valley team and were named to NYSSWA All State teams. Both also led their respective Patriots’ teams into the state tournament, where both lost to the eventual Class C state champions in Lake George (boys, regional final) and Bishop Kearney (girls, state semifinals). Now they return with a chance to repeat the feat, this season in Class B.
“I am going to go out this year and enjoy everything while it lasts,” Douglas said. “This is a team of good friends that has bonded together pretty well. We come to work hard every day and we hope to have some good results.”
“I think that we have a lot on our shoulders and everyone is targeting us,” Strong said. “We are looking to come back just as strong this season and we have a good group of returning players and girls coming up that should fill in positions well.”
Both Douglas and Strong have been running their teams from the point since elementary school, playing for their respective parents at Holy Name School.
“I’ve been playing point guard since I was five,” Douglas said. “My dad was my elementary coach and while other teams were playing 12 or 14 games, we went 28-2 and lost to Clifton Park and Queensbury.”
“When I was 3 years old I was always hanging out in the gym with my mom,” Strong said. “I have been playing the position since I was at Holy Name and I wouldn’t want to play any other position. Coach Long has helped me out a lot along with my parents and my brother who pushed me a lot.”
Douglas said that he has picked up a lot from his previous coaches and continually works on the craft of the position.
“It’s something that you have to work on and keep being repetitive,” he said. “You have to work on improving your court vision and there is a lot of hard work that goes into it.”
Both said they enjoy anchoring a team from the point guard position.
“It’s my job to thread the needle and make sure that the team is in order,” Strong said. “We work as a team and it is my job to make sure everything is running smooth not just on the offensive side of the ball but on defense as well.”
“You have to know when it is right to shoot and when it is right to dish,” Douglas said. “You are in control not only with feeding your teammates when you see that they have an open look but you get to decide on your own looks.”
Both Douglas and Strong lead teams that have plenty of experience returning to the roster and a core that has been together since their days at Holy Name.
“It’s something special,” Douglas said. “Someone like John (Goodnough) and me have been best friends since kindergarten. We all know where we are going to be on the court and how we react. We have a lot of fun together and we also know when it is time to get serious.”
“I get to see the whole floor and see the plays develop, but we all know each other, our mannerisms and how we all play together,” Strong said.
Both players know they are the marked teams and point guards in the league after the successful 2012-13 campaign but say they are ready for the challenge.
“I stay focused on the game and work to be the best player I can be,” Douglas said. “If teams think they need to double me, then I will dish. If I am not the one to do it that night, then my job is to find the one who is and get them the ball.”