CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – Shaker versus Shenendehowa has turned into one of the best rivalries in Capital Region high school basketball and both the boys and girls will clash again on the court on Tuesday.
The stakes are highest in the girls’ matchup as both enter the game undefeated in the Suburban Council North Division. The Lady Bison swept the regular season series against the Plainsmen only to then lose to them in the playoffs last year.
So while this matchup is important for them, they know it’s just the first of several meetings. But the game will give them a gauge on if and how they can slow down Shen’s Carly Boland and Sydney Brown.
“I don’t think you are going to be able to stop Carly Boland and Sydney Brown,” Shaker head coach Emily Cashera-Blowers said. “You try to limit them, but they are going to get points. They are great players in our league. They are two of the better players in our league, so it’s more about containing and playing our game and seeing kind of how the matchup develops.”
“In my opinion, we have one of the best defensive players in Section II Vianah Smith,” sophomore guard Sierra “CeCe” Mayo said. “She’s going to be able to lock down anybody; hands down.”
The Plainsmen are a team that likes to keep the tempo fast while Shaker likes to slow it down. Shen head coach Joe Murphy said if they can keep the pace fast like they want it, they should come out on top.
“We are doing everything we possibly can to run teams into the ground,” sophomore forward Sydney Brown said. “We play better in the transition and we want to do that cause that’s how we play best.”
“Ever since we won last year’s sectional , I think we are more confident in our play and we know that we can go out there beat them, but we still have to be ready because they are prepared for us, too,” junior guard Carly Boland said.
The game is at 7 p.m. on Friday at Shen.