By MICHAEL KELLY
Friday, the attention of local high school basketball fans will turn to the Western Athletic Conference, which will hold its league championships at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
In the boys bracket, Saratoga Central Catholic earned the top seed from the North Division for the WAC Cup, while Canajoharie earned the No. 2 seed. The Cougars will take on South Division No. 1 Mekeel Christian Academy Friday night.
Earlier in the day, a pair of local teams will compete in the girls tournament. The top-seeded Fort Plain Lady Hilltoppers will take on Berne-Knox-Westerlo at 4 p.m., while the No. 2 Canajoharie Lady Cougars will compete against Middleburgh at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Cougars are likely aching for a third crack at their biggest rival after a pair of tough losses to Fort Plain, but I think this year's WAC Cup means more to the Lady Hilltoppers than anyone else in the field.
This is the third version of the Abby Boyer-Haley Kilmartin Lady Hilltoppers that has reached the WAC Cup, and neither of the prior two iterations have advanced to the championship game. While the WAC Cup is often met with a tepid reaction from area coaches -- generally, they don't love the idea of having to play a pair of extra games against league foes --I think this year's league postseason will mean a little something extra to the Lady Hilltoppers' two seniors, who are looking to put their club in strong position for sectionals.
Both the boys and girls championship games will be played Tuesday evening at F-MCC.
BRING ON THE LADY SABRES
Both the Amsterdam Lady Rams and the Fonda-Fultonville Lady Braves will play Schalmont this week, and a game with the Lady Sabres contains extra significance for both squads.
For AHS, the Lady Rams get a chance to earn a season sweep of one of the Colonial Council's top teams. AHS topped Schalmont back in early January in a game in which freshman Nina Fedullo scored a game-high 15 points.
Meanwhile, the Lady Braves are looking to avenge their lone non-Watervliet loss of the season. F-F and Schalmont played a great game back in mid-December, as the Lady Sabres walked away with a two-point win. Schalmont plays host to F-F tonight and then heads to AHS for a Thursday tilt.
AVOID GOING SPOILED
The Broadalbin-Perth boys have crafted themselves one of the strongest resumes in Section II Class B this season -- and the Patriots need to make sure that is still the case after this week's action.
At 10-5 with a host of wins against Class A teams to their name, the Patriots head to Johnstown tonight and to South Glens Falls Friday. Tonight's contest is likely to be the tougher one; a win tonight puts B-P on a very realistic track to a 13-5 regular-season record.
Johnstown has put together a nice season in the Foothills Council and played B-P to a four-point game in early January. In that game -- a 43-39 B-P victory -- Ryan Dingman and Andre Taylor each scored 11 points for the Patriots.
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