It's the holiday season and that means only one thing in high school sports - basketball tournaments.

Whether it's a traditional four-team event or a round-robin format, teams from across New York State visit the Capital District area. It gives the hearty hoop fan a chance to see top-notched talent.

For instance, Amsterdam girls basketball hosted several teams in a non-tournament. Shaker defeated JFK, 59-56. MacKenzie Rowland led Shaker with 16 points and Madison Rowland was right behind at 15 and Lauren Woods 14.

Albany featured Emia Willingham-Hurst with 18 points and teammate Breahanda Stratton added 17 in a 54-43 victory over Corcoran. Amsterdam pleased the hometown crowd beating Utica Proctor, 39-34.

One of the more popular tournaments takes place at Colonie. The Garnet Raiders topped Scotia, 50-46, and Averill Park defeated Catholic Central, 45-33.

Cassie Broadhead paced Colonie with 20 points while Monica Compton added 15. Sydnie Rosales delivered 14 points and Ashley Loggins 13 points and 15 rebounds for Scotia.

Broadalbin-Perth hosted its own tournament and advanced to the championship game. In first round play, the Lady Patriots knocked off Cobleskill-Richmondville, 51-32, while Mechanicville beat Stillwater, 50-39.

The top individual performance went to Liz Harvey of Berne-Knox-Westerlo. She poured in 32 points as the Lady Bulldogs beat Galway, 68-32, in the Heatly Tournament.

The boys featured some interesting matchups.

In a battle of Rotterdam teams, Killian Tallman connected for 15 points as Mohonasen defeated Schalmont, 71-44. It was a balanced scoring attack as Billy Manikas and Joe DeLuca each netted 11 for Mohonasen.

Kyle Garrison's 17 points lifted Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to an easy win over Lansingburgh, 71-45, to meet Mohonasen in the Kirvin Cup championship game.

The powerful CBA of Albany squad, led by Joe Krong's 23 points, was victorious over Cathedral of Boston, 67-52, to remain unbeaten and St. Peter's topped Bethlehem, 54-50, in first round games.

Two neighboring schools will meet in Gloversville. The Dragons prevailed over Fonda-Fultonville, 56-42, and Amsterdam stopped Hope Charter of Pennsylvania, 54-51.

Article by Mike Collar