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The Blackbirds opened up their defense in a diamond and two format, plying man to man against Kugler and fellow guard Cassidy Chapko, while their three remaining players remained in zone.
"We refuse to sit behind the post no matter how small we are," Dorman said. "We insist on fronting the post and we aren't going to stand behind them just because they're taller than us."
The number No.2 seeded Blackbirds finished the game shooting just 25% from the floor.
"I hate it," Chapko, who finished with a game high 14 points, said of the defense. "It was a little hard to get adjusted to because we haven't seen that a lot this year."
TROY It wasn't pretty and it was by no means they best game the Hoosic Valley girls basketball team has played this season, but as the final buzzer sounded at Hudson Valley Community College last night, none of that mattered.
Voorheesville was unable to use their size to their advantage, as the trio of Sarah Madden, Jennifer Cillis and Anna Feller were all effectively shut down underneath the basket.
up throughout the game by Hoosic Valley's in your face defense, racking up 16 first half turnovers.
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play the ball hard," Hoosic Valley coach Walter Dorman said. "Our whole idea is to stay on your man, help on the backside and jump."
Last night's victory extends the Indian's season and sends them to the first round of regional play, Tuesday night at Stillwater High School where they will face either the Section 7 or 10 winner.
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"It kind of us got us started that we got the first bucket and that kind of got us on track," said Kugler, who scored the opening points as the shot clock expired. "That first shot was a bit of a chuck."
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"We talked a lot about screening better and that's what we did," Chapko said. "We ran a good offense and it got us some shots."
forcing them to switch their offensive attack early on.
"You've got to score the ball to win the ball game," Voorheesville coach Robert Baron said. "In this game you only get credit for the ones you make."
The Indians were finally able to put points on the board with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter.
By the beginning of the fourth quarter the Indians finally hit their stride, scoring 16 points in the final eight minutes of play to pick up their second consecutive Section II championship.
As challenging as it was for the Indians to connect with the hoop, it was just as difficult for Voorheesville.
The Indians, who scored just six points in the first quarter, were able to win a defensive struggle, topping Voorheesville 36 28 in the Section II Class C championship game.
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