While school is out for holiday vacation, several area girls basketball teams will spend the end of the week hosting tournament games.
The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots will host a tournament, which will be sponsored by Brown's Ford, Sievert Sporting Goods and the Broadalbin Youth Commission, starting Thursday. For Broadalbin-Perth, which spends most of its season playing up against the Foothills Council Class A schools, the tournament gives the team a chance against competition closer to its size.
Johnstown is the only other Class B team in the Foothills Council.
"Our program is getting better and better and we're handling it better and better," Broadalbin-Perth coach Michael Magliocca said. "Trying to get Class B teams into our tournament was a little tougher because of tip-off tournaments."
The tournament will feature two local teams as Canajoharie will come to town for tournament and another team with a local connection as Johnstown alumn Kelly Mraz is the coach at Stillwater.
The tournament will open at 5:30 p.m. with a game between Hudson and Stillwater.
Magliocca said adding the second local team could help draw people to the tournament.
The Lady Patriots will finish the first day of the tournament with a game against the Canajoharie Lady Cougars, scheduled for 7 p.m.
"I think it's a good fit because having a second local team is a very positive way to draw people into the stands," Magliocca said.
Cobleskill-Richmondville played a tournament at the beginning of the season and wasn't available to return this year so Hudson moved into the vacant spot. Hudson will face Stillwater at 5:30 p.m. to open the tournament.
"We replaced them with Hudson who was looking to pick up some games," Magliocca said. "Having that team come up is a nice measuring device for us because they're a very competitive team in the Patroon conference."
The Lady Patriots enter the tournament coming off three straight Foothills Council losses. However, despite the losses, Magliocca said his team played well in all three games.
The championship and consolation games will take place Friday night.
"We're hoping we fare favorably and hopefully we can win the tournament," Magliocca said. "That will give Section II a measuring device for us compared to other Class B teams."
The Mayfield Tournament will have a Sacandaga flavor as the Lady Panthers also have invited neighboring Northville to play in the tournament, which is schedule for tonight and Thursday night. The Lady Panthers also have invited Middleburgh and Schoharie, both from the WAC South.
The Lady Falcons will open the tournament's first day against Middleburgh and the Lady Panthers will host Schoharie. If both Mayfield and Northville have the same result tonight, they will face each other Thursday, which would put them up against one another three times this year. However, opposite results will mean the WAC North rivals won't meet outside of regular league play.
The consolation and championship games are scheduled for Thursday.
The Amsterdam Lady Rams won't be hosting a tournament, but instead a holiday showcase where they will play two games against out-of-the area competition. The Lady Rams will host Geneva at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and Kingston at 4:15 p.m. Friday.
One other team will be in action without a tournament this week. The St. Johnsville Lady Saints will visit Richfield Springs on Thursday.