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Oct. 30, 2022 — … leading to three rollercoaster games

Today at Gloversville (N.Y.), a tripleheader of games to determine the Class A, B, and C champions for Section II of the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association took place.

We wrote about the under-.500 Clifton Park Shenendehowa, who was looking to get past its subpar season to win a 13th consecutive Class A sectional championship. But early in the fourth quarter, Bethlehem Central scored on an option-right penalty corner shot from Hayley Backlund which stood up in a 1-0 win.

The Class B game, contested between undefeated South Glens Falls (17-0) and an experienced Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake side (16-1) went into overtime. The game-winner was scored by Lillian Willis in the second-minute of overtime as South Glens Falls. On the play, she self-started from just outside the circle. pulled to the right and changed the angle of attack, went into the circle, made a first shot attempt, then snared the rebound. It was the first phase of play in the 7-v-7 overtime, and it means that there will be a new state champion in Class B, as the Spartans had been the defending champions.

In Class C, the game between 2021 finalists Hoosick Falls Central and Johnstown was not decided until the last three minutes. With the game tied 2-2, Hoosick had a free hit from a promising position, which led to a rebound off the goalie pads. Emma McCart, who had a hat trick in last year’s final against Johnstown, picked the ball out of the air and batted in the rebound.

Friends, welcome to the world of playoff field hockey. The next three weeks are going to be good.

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