Notre Dame vs. Putnam Valley Live Girls Basketball Playoff Semifinals (3/15/2024)

The quest for the 2024 NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championship (Class B) reaches a critical stage today when the Notre Dame Jugglers (21-3) face off against the Putnam Valley Tigers (13-6) in a neutral-site semifinal at the HVCC. Tip-off is scheduled for a brisk 10:45 AM ET

Notre Dame Jugglers vs Putnam Valley Game Info:

What it is: New York high school basketball
Matchup: Putnam Valley Tigers vs. Notre Dame Jugglers
Date: Friday, March 15, 2024
Time: 10:45am ET
Venue: HVCC
Live Stream: Watch live on the NFHS Network!

This encounter presents an interesting contrast in team profile. Notre Dame boasts a dominant record within their league, compiling a perfect 13-0 mark. Their overall record of 21-3 reflects a consistent ability to win games with a potent offense averaging over 67 points per contest. Putnam Valley, on the other hand, enters the contest with a more balanced 13-6 record. Although their league record is a respectable 4-0, wins haven’t come so easily throughout their schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the strengths each team brings to the table:

The Jugglers’ biggest asset is their league experience and success. Coaches and players alike are used to winning, building a confident and cohesive unit. Their offensive firepower, averaging over 67 points per game, presents a significant challenge for Putnam Valley’s defense. With a well-balanced scoring attack, Notre Dame doesn’t rely on a single player to carry the offensive load. This multifaceted approach can be difficult to contain.

Putnam Valley countered Notre Dame’s offensive prowess with a gritty and stout defensive approach. While their overall record may suggest some defensive weaknesses, they have proven to be able to rise to the occasion in big games. Their focus on hustling, creating turnovers and contested shots could disrupt Notre Dame’s offensive rhythm and force them into contested attempts.

Despite the neutral site designation, HVCC’s location may offer a subtle psychological advantage for Notre Dame. Located in Utica, New York, it’s a closer commute than Putnam Valley for their fanbase. Although not a significant geographic disparity, any additional fan support could boost morale for the jugglers.

Several intriguing storylines will unfold during this semi-final clash:

The Tigers’ defensive strategy will be key in containing Notre Dame’s scoring threat. They need to communicate effectively, rotate on defense to prevent open looks and pressure ball handlers to create turnovers. Notre Dame’s second-chance opportunities and transition baskets will be limited after all.

While Notre Dame’s league record is impressive, the intensity of a state semifinal matchup is a different animal. How they handle the increased pressure and adjust to a new opponent will be key to watch.

Both teams will have to adjust to playing at the HVCC, potentially facing a different atmosphere and crowd noise than their usual venues. The team that demonstrates greater adaptability and executes their game plan more effectively on neutral courts will likely win.

This Class B semifinal promises a captivating display of offensive firepower against defensive determination. The winner will secure a coveted spot in the state championship game, taking an important step toward hoisting the coveted NYSPHSAA girls basketball Class B trophy.

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