Stephanie Linder and the Saranac Lady Chiefs are the top seed in the Class B girls playoffs.
The second season is about to begin for Section VII basketball.
The pairings for the 2012 Section VII Class B/C/D boys and girls basketball pairings are set, with AuSable Valley, Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake receiving top seeds in the boys brackets, while Saranac, Moriah and Elizabethtown-Lewis earned the same on the girls side.
Opening round: Feb. 22, higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 25, TBA
Finals: March 3, 3:30 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorites: AuSable Valley, Plattsburgh High
The Patriots (17-1) and Hornets (13-4) are too close to call, with the Patriots scoring the win in their lone regular season matchup on a Connor Manning buzzer-beater.
The Patriots are paced by Brody Douglas, who reached the 1,000-point barrier and has scored 360 on the season. Manning has added another 208 points for a team that relies on pressure defense and distributing the ball.
Ethan Votraw (264 points) and Rob Fout (177) pace the Hornets offense, while Ab Maknani and Nate Harrington can also score big.
Contenders: Beekmantown, Saranac, NCCS, Peru
In a playoff that could have the top seed playing either Saranac or Beekmantown in the semifinals, there are many things that could happen. The Hornets should survive their opening round game against Saranac Lake (5-11), but will have to contain leading scorer Kellen Munn (160 points).
The other two quarterfinal matchups can be battles, as Northeastern Clinton (11-6) will host Peru (12-6) and Beekmantown (9-9) will host Saranac (10-7). Tim Remillard leads the Indians with 176 points, while Tim Bedard (192) and Rodney Grimshaw (165) pace the Cougars. In the other matchup, Kasey Favreau leas the Chiefs with 157 points as they go up against the regions leading scorer in Beekmantown’s Keegan Ryan, who has scored 501 points this season.
Quarterfinal: Feb. 21, at higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 25, at Willsboro
Finals: Friday, March 2, 1:45 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorite: Ti (8-8), Moriah (6-12)
Contender: Seton Catholic (6-12)
Northern Adirondack and Lake Placid will have to do a lot to overcome seasons that saw them go 1-16 and 2-16, respectively. Both are led by strong offensive players in Colby Sayah (251 points) for the Bobcats and Logan Stephenson (221) for Lake Placid. The Knights have the best chance to rain on a Vikings-Sentinels final, as they will look to Adam Tedford (218) and Carson Hynes (211) to continue to lead with the help of Cody Quantock and Carlos Alvarez.
Quarterfinals: Feb. 24, at higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 29, at AuSable Valley
Finals: March 3, noon, PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorite: Schroon Lake (15-2)
Contenders: Willsboro (14-4), ELCS (14-4)
The Warriors won the last battle on their senior night with the Wildcats, but will have to continue to get big nights from Clay Sherman (241 points) and Brandon Bertrand (133), especially with a potential semifinal meeting against the Lions and the second ranked scorer in the region in Hunter Mowery (408).
While the Wildcats open with a bye, the Warriors will play seventh-seed Johnsburg, who is led by Taylor Ordway. The Lions will face sixth-seeded Minerva/Newcomb, while Brandon Laurin (168 points) and Cody Toohill (137) will try to lead Chazy into the semifinals by beating fifth seed Crown Point.
Opening round: Feb. 21, at higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 24, TBA
Finals: March 2, 7:30 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
The Lady Chiefs have been the cream of the crop in ladies basketball all season, relying on smothering defense and balanced scoring to earn an 18-0 mark heading into the playoffs. Stephanie Linder has scored 252 points this season, while Alisha Ducatte has added 208 for the top seed, who have also had big contributions from Victoria Phaneuf, Katie Gates and Morgan Maye.
Contenders: AuSable Valley, Beekmantown, PHS
The Lady Patriots (15-3) have had the best chance to beat the Chiefs this season, and will rely on their defense and shooting from point guard Meghan Strong (217), Alexis Facteau (204) and Taylor Saltus (150) in an opening round match against Saranac Lake (3-15), who are led by Nicole Viscardo (160) and Regan Kieffer.
The Lady Eagles are young, but have a full season under their belt as they look to league-leading scorer Shannon Ryan (335) along with center Emily Anderson (147) and point guard Natrine Fogelstroem. The Eagles open against Skylar Hebert (162), Paige Southwick (126) and the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars (7-10).
In the other quarterfinal, fourth seed Plattsburgh High (9-8) will take on Fifth seed Peru (10-7). The Lady Hornets are led by point guard Marle Curle, who scored 277 points in the regular season, along with Olivia Carlsson (150). The Indians were led by Brianna Hackett (149) and Mary Mazzella (137), who missed portions of the season with injuries.
Semifinals: Feb. 23, at Willsboro
Finals: March 2, 5:45 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorite: Moriah (8-8)
The Lady Vikings make a one-year return to Class C and look to be the favorite in the four-team class, led by Haley Waldron.
Contender: Seton Catholic (5-10)
The Lady Knights are led offensively by Kelli Ryan, who has scored 151 points, but rely on a balanced offensive attack with several players contributing. The will face third seed Lake Placid (2-16), who is led by Danielle Balestrini’s 190 points.
Quarterfinals: Feb. 24, at higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 28, at AuSable Valley
Finals: March 2, 4 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorites: Elizabethtown-Lewis, Westport
After a classic matchup to end the regular season, many would love to see a fourth round between the Lady Lions (16-2) and Eagles (14-2). The Lions, who are led by scorers Lily Whalen (241), Shonna Brooks (218) and Kearsten Ashline (148), will host Schroon Lake in the quarterfinals, while Westport will play their quarterfinal game against the namesakes from Chazy. Westport is led by the area’s top scorer, Willa McKinley (364) along with Allison Sherman (178), while Chazy is led by Olivia Seymour (207) and Megan Reynolds (178).
Contenders: Indian Lake/Long Lake, Willsboro, Minerva/Newcomb
The Lady Orange (15-2) are the defending sectional champions and open against sixth seed Crown Point, while the Lady Warriors (10-7) have four players who have scored more than 100 points, including Hannah Bruno (199), Renee Marcotte (141), Serene Holland (136) and Kyli Swires (112