Youth hoops squads pick up wins

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball fourth-grade squad was a winner Jan. 25 when the program’s squads took on Clifton Park.

The fourth-grade team won its game, 24-4, as Jacque Reffelt had eight points and Kathleen Birmingham added seven. The club is now 7-3 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Biddy A club took a 51-20 loss in its game despite six points from Hannah Collins and four from Katie Atchinson, bringing the team to 3-9 for the season; the Biddy B squad moved to 8-4 after a 33-10 loss despite a nice game from Rita Foti; and the Junior B team collected a 45-30 win against Clifton Park, as Lila Conners scored 20 points, Natalie Prian had 10, and Emma Souky added 8. The club is now 12-0 for the season.

Meanwhile, the association’s fifth-grade boys squad collected its fourth win in a row when the program’s teams played Saratoga Springs Jan. 25.

The fifth-graders won their game, 44-33, as Jack Allen led the squad with 14 points. Darian Parker added a dozen points for Niskayuna, while Danny Quinn had eight.

In the eighth-grade game, a short-handed Niskayuna club took a 63-31 loss despite Tim Schaffer’s 10 points; at the seventh-grade level, Saratoga Springs took a 55-34 win to which Niskayuna’s Luke DeBritz and Ethan St. Lucia each contributed eight points.

For the Niskayuna sixth-graders, it was a valiant effort from top to bottom in a 36-25 loss against one of the area’s top team.

In the fourth-grade game, Greyson Vorgang and Saif Chowdhrey each scored four points in a 38-19 loss during which five other Niskayuna players recorded points.

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Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.