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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, January 26, 2012
Basketball round up
The Berne-Knox-Westerlo girls’ basketball team is undefeated at 13-0 and the Dutchmen (8-2, 10-2) haven’t lost a game since Dec. 9.
BKW Head Coach Tom Galvin and Guilderland Head Coach Ron Osinski both told The Enterprise this week that their respective teams are confident and focused. The Bulldogs are beating opponents by an average of 22.6 points per game and the Dutch are outscoring opponents by an average of 18 points.
“We’ve worked hard to prepare for every game and we’re unbeaten because of our work,” Galvin said. “It hasn’t been as easy as it might seem. However, there’s a disparity of haves and have-nots in our league, so some wins have come easier than others.”
BKW’s biggest Western Athletic Conference win of the season was a 56-point shellacking of Sharon Springs on Dec. 20. The Bulldogs’ truest test has come against non-league opponent Greenville, playing that team twice, most recently on Monday, winning, 53 to 45.
Liz Harvey still leads Section II in scoring with 23.1 points per game and Mary Salo chips in a solid 12 points a game. Anna Lease is scoring 10.7 points per game and BKW is the second highest scoring team in Section II with 59.4 points a contest.
“Just one game at a time,” said Galvin. BKW closes out the regular season with Middleburgh, Duanesburg, and Schoharie, having beaten each once already. “We have a big target on our back. Everyone’s throwing their best game at us, so we have to stay grounded,” Galvin said.
The Bulldogs’ full-court pressure defense has been a nightmare for opponents this year. Galvin said shooting can be either hot or cold, but the defense is always steady. “The defense has made us successful,” he said. “Also, our team chemistry is really good. Each girl knows their role and they’re all about getting a win for the team.”
It’s hard to believe, but BKW has been left off the Class C state rankings for yet another week. Although, Galvin said that Class C is a “buzz saw” this season.
The first goal for BKW is the WAC South, then the WAC Cup. A Class C title shot is further down the road, albeit a long one.
“We’ve had a good non-league schedule, but the kids know that there’s more to that,” Galvin said. “They’re really excited and want to go all the way.”
In the midst of an eight-game winning streak, and sitting atop the Suburban Council South, the Dutchmen aren’t playing their best just yet, Coach Osinski hopes. Nonetheless, Guilderland has been featuring a wise game.
“We’ve come out focused in every game,” Osinski said. “We’ve been more aggressive, defensively focused, and our shot selection is good.”
The Dutchmen’s most recent victories are over Colonie (65 to 44) and Saratoga (59 to 47) both on the road. The team’s last loss was to Bethlehem, which sits right below in the standings. Guilderland hosts Bethlehem on Feb. 3.
Senior Cameron Dobbs, who has made 32 three-pointers, scores 22.2 points per game. He’s flanked by sophomore Matt Cerutti, who contributes an average of 11.8. Guilderland is the eighth highest scoring team in Section II.
“If our defense can remain constant, I don’t think we’ll have to worry about running up the score,” Osinski said. “This team is leading by example.
The Dutch host Burnt Hills on Friday, and, after that, the team plays opponents that it has already seen once this season.
“We tasted losing at the beginning and I don’t think we liked it,” said Osinski. “It’s fun to win, so we’ll enjoy it for as long as we can.”
By Jordan J. Michael