The Shenendehowa Plainsmen defeated the Niskayuna Silver Warriors 63-34 Thursday night at Shenendehowa High School in the first round of the Class AA girls tournament.
Shen was dominant from the start going on a 9-0 run to start the game and the first quarter ended with Shen up 16-4. Junior guard Kaleigh Montanez had a strong seven points in the first to get the Plainsmen rolling.
The Plainsmen never let up and went on a 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the second quarter. Senior guard Jillian Huerter had 11 points in the second quarter and by halftime, the game was blown wide open, Shen on top of Niskayuna 38-13.
Shen’s defense was all over the place for the first three-quarters of the game. “Our defense helped our offense, we played well on both sides and that definitely fueled us,” Huerter said. Huerter had a game high 22 points.
The fourth quarter was more back and forth. Niskayuna went on a few small runs but not nearly enough to make Shen sweat.
The Plainsmen will now have a week off before their semi-final matchup against Colonie who beat Columbia in the first round. This semi-final matchup is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 3 at Hudson Valley Community College at 7:30 pm.
Coach Murphy was impressed with how Colonie played as Shen got to watch the game between Colonie and Columbia right before they played. “They have five long great athletic players that are tough matchups for us, they rebound the ball well and play really physical defense,” said Shen head coach Joseph Murphy on Colonie.
Murphy realizes the week off is not favorable for either side heading into round two. “It’s tough, we’re going to scrimmage Sunday so hopefully that helps a little bit. The schedule is not great, but Colonie is in the same boat, we will have to stay sharp for that game,” said Murphy.
“We just have to prepare ourselves. They’re ready for the game, we’re ready for the game. It’ll be a good battle,” said Huerter.