Chevalier scores 1,000th point in Burnt Hills semi-final win over Queensbury, 53-33 – Saratogian
TROY, NY — Even though most of the girls on the Burnt Hills basketball team aren’t known for playing basketball, they all have a common goal.
On Wednesday night, Burnt Hills (14-8) beat Queensbury (18-4) in the Section 2 Class A semi-final, 53-33, and progressed to the Section final against Averill Park.
“It’s really special because we’re all dominant in other sports, but during basketball season we can all come together and focus on this one thing,” the Burnt Hills senior forward said. , Carlie Rzeszotarsky. “We really worked hard to get here. Our basketball program, we really don’t have the best history. We haven’t been to the semis since 2005. In all of our other sports we see a lot of success and we really had to come together and work hard to make that happen.
Callie Chevalier, Burnt Hills’ only other senior, made the victory even more special by scoring the 1,000th point of her college career.
“It’s been a goal of mine since I was in eighth grade college to get 1,000 points. It’s so surreal because Burnt Hills basketball, you don’t think we’re winning a halfback game. -final,” Chevalier said. “It’s really special and to do it with one of my best friends, Carlie, is crazy. I’m really grateful that this happened.
“I am so incredibly happy for her. We’ve been playing basketball together since third grade; the same with volleyball,” Rzeszotarski said. “We have always played together. To see her get her 1,000th kill in volleyball and her 1,000th point today, especially for our basketball program, is such a significant accomplishment.
Chevalier is the only player in school history to have 1,000 eliminations in volleyball and 1,000 points in basketball.
Callie Chevalier pushes her career points tally to over 1,000 tonight in the win over Queensbury. 3 months earlier she had done the same in volleyball when she recorded her 1000th kill. Callie is the first player in school history to do both. Well done Callie!! pic.twitter.com/NGnnmV3qGp
— BHBL Athletics (@BHBLAthlétiques) March 3, 2022
After the first quarter, Burnt Hills and Queensbury were neck and neck. That’s when the Burns Hills defense got stronger. In the remaining three quarters, they did not allow Queensbury to score more than eight points in a period.
“Today was our defence,” Rzeszotarski said. “It really comes down to defense and the number of interceptions we converted into points was really important to us.”
Rzeszotarski led the way with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Chevalier dropped 14 points, including four three-pointers, en route to his 1,000th point. Grace O’Connor also scored 14 points.
The Class A championship game against Averill Park is Saturday, March 5 at Hudson Valley Community College at 2:30 p.m. The Warriors beat the Spartans twice during the regular season, with each game separated by eight points.
“They are really well trained. They’re incredibly athletic and very smart,” Averill Park head coach Sean Organ told Burnt Hills. “They play really well together as a unit and it should be a great game.”
BURNT HILLS 53, QUEENSBURY 33
Hudson Valley Community College
BHBL 13-16-15-9 — 53
QBY 12-5-8-8 — 33
Burned Hills: Callie Knight 1-4-14; Carlie Rzeszotarski 9-0-20 (2-7); Ella Blesi 0-1-3; MK Lescault 1-0-2; Grace O’Connor 2-2-14 (4-6)
Queensbury: Delaney Donohue 4-0-11 (3-4); Brigitte Duffy 0-0-2 (2-2); Kendra Ballard 3-1-10 (1-2); Aislyn Dixon 0-1-3; Shea Canavan 2-0-4; Elizabeth Rowley 1-0-3 (1-1)