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Sports poll: Who will win the Section II Class AA girls basketball title?

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Who will win the Section II Class AA girls basketball title?

  • Shenendehowa (14-1) 34%
  • Shaker (15-2) 30%
  • Colonie (15-2) 26%
  • Albany (16-0) 10%

103 total votes.

Last week's poll exceeded expectations as we received nearly 26,000 votes when we asked who was the best Capital District High School Hockey League player (Shaker/Colonie's Eric Egan won). This week, we're asking you to predict which of the following girls basketball teams will win the Section II Class AA title:

Shenendehowa (14-1) -- The Plainswomen had sole possession of first place in the Suburban Council North Division before Friday's loss to Shaker. Still, they have a lineup that features one of the league's top players in Emily Weber and a strong supporting cast led by guard Mary Kate Cusack. The Plainswomen are also one of the toughest defensive teams in the area, as they allow an average of 30.4 points per game. And did we mention that this is long-time coach Ken Strube's final season in Clifton Park?

Shaker (15-2) -- The defending Sectional champion has been just as good as Shen this season. The Blue Bison boast a 14-1 league record after avenging their lone loss of the season to Shen, and they limited their three of their last four opponents to less than 40 points in a game. Led by senior forward Lauren Woods and sisters MacKenzie and Madison Rowland, Shaker is a force to be reckoned with.

Colonie (15-2) -- The Suburban Council South Division leader has taken the team concept to new heights this season. Nobody averages more than 10 points per game, but several players have the ability to shoot the ball well including Ashley Loggins, Sydnie Rosales, Kawandi Young and Jaclyn Welch. Between a balanced attack and a tenacious defense, the Lady Raiders possess the ability to beat anyone.

Albany (16-0) -- You can't ignore the Big 10-leading Falcons. They have a prolific scorer in Emia Willingham-Hurst (16.1 points per game) and a defense that hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points in a game. Albany may not play in a league with the reputation that the Suburban Council possesses in terms of toughness, but the Falcons have demonstrated the ability to win time and again.

By now, you know the drill. Select which team you think will win it all, and the computer will tally the results. We're instituting a new deadline (Monday at midnight) because we will be posting the results in next week's sports sections. So, have at it!

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