4 Frontier League Girls' Teams Hope For Deep Postseason RunsPosted: Updated:
High school basketball's version of March Madness starts this week.
Seedings and pairings for the Section 3 girls' basketball playoffs come out this week and for four Frontier League teams coming off postseason championships, expectations are high for a deep run in the postseason.
The Thousand Islands Lady Vikings head into sectionals on a roll.
The defending Section 3 Class C champs beat Beaver River 48-38 in the Frontier League C Division championship to improve to 17-2 on the season..
Coach Pete Pettit's team enters sectional play winners of eight in a row with a big target on their backs as defending champs.
"The kids know how hard it was last year and if they forget once in a while i remind them that it wasn't an easy trip and no one's giving us anything," Pettit said. "If anything the bullseye's bigger on us this year, so we're staying focused and we just know it's not easy and we've got to play hard every minute of every game."
In Class D, the Sackets Harbor Lady Patriots look to make a return trip to the final after losing last year to Immaculate Heart.
Coach Ryan Tastor's team beat Copenhagen 53-39 to win the Frontier League D Division crown and improve to 19-1 on the season.
The Lady Patriots enter sectionals red hot as winners of 16 in a row.
"I'm happy with the way things are going, Tastor said. "We just want to keep getting out there and pushing the ball and running -- and playing a real solid defense."
In Class B, the 18-1 South Jefferson Lady Spartans are on the hunt for the top seed.
Coach Michelle Whitley's team completed a perfect Frontier League season by beating Lowville 50-21 in the B Division title game.
The Lady Spartans are riding a five-game win streak and hope a challenging non-league schedule has them in position to bring home a sectional title.
"I will say that I thought we would be playing maybe a tad bit better than what we are right now, but as far as understanding what we need to do, it's there," Whitley said. "So now it's just fine tuning and what better time to do that than rolling into the section trying to do what we can as far as meeting team after team and getting the job done."
In Class A, the Indian River Lady Warriors will be out to surprise some people.
Coach Jim Whitley's team beat IHC 50-26 to win the A Division championship.
The 13-6 Lady Warriors started out the 2017-18 season a bit rocky, but as the season went along the team began to find its identity and is playing its best ball heading into sectionals.
"I think we were at one point 3 and 4 and we have, like I said, won 11 of our last 13 which you want be playing well going into sectionals," Jim Whitley said.