The last time – and only time – Greene made the girls’ basketball final four, the current group of varsity ladies were mere toddlers. Dribbling a basketball wasn’t part of the play time activities, and “taking it to the hole” usually meant the successful placement of food into the mouth.
The Trojans (23-1) won the school’s second-ever state playoff game just a week ago – the first in 15 years – at SUNY Cortland defeating Bishop Grimes, 41-31. What awaits is a 12:30 p.m. date tomorrow at Hudson Valley Community College against Section V champion Nazareth (21-5) in the Class C semifinals.
“The girls are really excited and looking forward to the opportunity,” said Greene head coach Dave Gorton. “All week we’ve tried to keep as normal a routine as possible under unusual circumstances.”
The Nazareth mark does indeed include five losses, a higher total than usual for most teams at this level. Those defeats, though, were to high-level competition. Twice the Lasers fell to Greece-Athena, a Double-A school that reached the section finals; one was to Double-A school Mercy; another came to Class B Section V champion Wayland-Cohocton, and the last was to Fayetteville-Manlius, another school substantially larger than the Lasers.