Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Amsterdam’s Nina Fedullo drives to the basket during the Foothills Council girls basketball championship game Tuesday at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.
By ADAM SHINDER
The Amsterdam Lady Rams are back in position to make a run at the Section II Class A girls basketball championship, but coach Eric Duemler said the team will need to resdiscover the spark from its 2016 run to the sectional title game to achieve their goals.
On the heels of Tuesday’s 61-45 loss to Glens Falls in the Foothills Council championship game, the Lady Rams still received the No. 2 seed in the Class A bracket when seeds were released Wednesday, missing out on the top spot via tiebreaker to defending champion Averill Park.
“We would’ve been happy with the one or the two seed. It was a fight for the one seed, and Averill Park got it on a tiebreaker,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “But, we got the two and we still get to host a game in Amsterdam.”
The top-two seed saffords Amsterdam the ability to host one of the two Class A quarterfinal pods, where they will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 7 Lansingburgh and No. 10 South Glens Falls on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
“They’re different styles, different types of teams,” Duemler said. “We’ll have to be prepared for multiple styles.”
Behind Averill Park and Amsterdam, Mohonasen earned the No. 3 seed, followed by Gloversville at No. 4, Scotia-Glenville at No. 5 and Queensbury at No. 6. The top four teams all received byes into the quarterfinal round.
A quarterfinal win would send the Lady Rams into the semifinals Feb. 28 at Colonie High School, where they would face either Mohonasen, Queensbury or No. 11 seed Albany Leadership. However, Duemler stressed that the Lady Rams plan to take things one game at a time as they attempt to win not only the first sectional title in program history, but the first ever Section II girls team title for Amsterdam High School.
“We’ve got to play better, be a little more focused and take it seriously, because you lose one and you’re done, and we don’t want the season to end. We have goals we need to reach, and we’re not there yet,” Duemler said. “We want to win a section title. We haven’t been shy about that. But, we’ve got to win our first game, then beat another good team, then play whoever’s waiting from the top bracket, whether that’s Averill Park or somebody else. It’s one step at a time. You look ahead, you get caught.”
If the Lady Rams can make it past the semfinals, the championship game will be played March 3 at 7:45 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.
Six other area girls teams will also take part in sectional tournaments — Fonda-Fultonville in Class B; Galway, Mayfield and Canajoharie in Class C; and Northville and OESJ in Class D.
Fonda-Fultonville earned a first-round home game as the No. 8 seed in Class B. The Lady Braves will host No. 9 seed Voorheesville Tuesday at 6 p.m., with the winner earning a quarterfinal matchup at No. 1 seed Glens Falls on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Class B semifinals will be held March 1 at Averill Park High School, with the championship game to be played March 4 at 12:45 p.m. at HVCC.
Two of the area’s three Class C playoff teams will kick things off in opening-round play-in games Friday night. Mayfield, the No. 13 seed, hosts No. 20 Granville for the right to face No. 4 seed Warrensburg in Tuesday’s first round, while No. 19 Canajoharie travels to No. 14 Chatham with the winner earned a matchup Tuesday against No. 3 Middleburgh.
Both Friday games will have 6 p.m. starts.
The Galway girls were seeded 11th in Class C and will play a first-round game Tuesday at No. 6 Lake George.
Class C quarterfinals will be played at the highest seeds of the upper and lower brackets Feb. 24, with the semifinals to be played Feb. 28 at Cohoes High School before the final on March 3 at 6 p.m. at HVCC.
The OESJ girls will be at home in the first round of the Class D tournament as the No. 8 seed against No. 9 Loudonville Christian, with the winner earning a trip to top-seeded North Warren on Feb. 24. Northville is the No. 10 seed and will visit No. 7 Fort Edward in the first round Tuesday, with the winner advancing to visit No. 2 seed Heatly on Feb. 24.
Class D semifinals will be March 1 at Queensbury High School, with the championship game slated for March 4 at 11 a.m. at HVCC.
Two area teams, Broadalbin-Perth and Fort Plain, opted not to enter sectional play this season.
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