CLCS cruises past Haldane, 61-39, in Class C semis

TROY – With Jenna Einink and Ashton Albanesius in early foul trouble, the Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds used a strong effort from junior guard Courtney Hewes to get past Haldane, 61-39, on Saturday during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls basketball Class C semifinals, at Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy.

Chautauqua Lake led 37-16 at the break and never looked back as it cruised past the New York State Sportswriters Association’s fourth-ranked Class C team and into the first state title game in school history.

The Lady Thunderbirds (22-1), the No. 2 team in the latest NYSSWA Class C poll will face No. 3 Hoosic Valley (19-4) out of Section 2 at 1:45 p.m., on Sunday. Hoosic Valley defeated No. 1 Harpursvillse (Section 4) in Saturday’s other semifinal.

For complete coverage of Chautauqua Lake’s semifinal win, see Sunday’s edition of the OBSERVER.