AMSTERDAM - Nina Fedullo struggled at the free-throw line for Amsterdam during regulation, converting on 4 of 13 attempts. However, the freshman was perfect from the line, scoring two victory-clinching shots with 6.1 seconds left in overtime, to lift Amsterdam to a 48-47 victory over Corcoran Saturday at the Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase at Amsterdam High School.
"We are not going to have any easy games," Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. "Everything is a learning lesson for our team and we had a lot of positive lessons we can take with us today. We will grow from this game. Nina will grow as a player, knocking down four out of five after being about four for 50 going in."
The game got off to a slow start with neither team finding an early playing rhythm. Despite missing seven of nine first-quarter free throws, Amsterdam held an 8-3 lead at the end of the period.
Amsterdam’s Nina Fedullo (11) drives to the hoop against Corcoran’s Mia Gallipaue (23) during Saturday’s Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Corcoran began taking control under the basket in the second quarter but could not make up any ground on the Lady Rams as both teams put up 10 points in the period, giving Amsterdam an 18-13 advantage at the break.
The Cougars opened the second half with a 12-7 run to tie the game at 25 and took their first lead of the game, 27-26, with 2:33 left in the period.
Amsterdam came back with field goals from Brady and Arizona Santiago and a free throw from Fedullo to regain the lead and carry a 31-29 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The Cougars quickly tied the game at 31 and pulled away to a four-point lead, 40-36, with 1:13 left in regulation.
Fedullo connected for a field goal and then went strong to the hoop off a steal to tie the game at 40 with 27.3 seconds left on the clock.
Corcoran worked the ball around for a final shot but had its shot and an attempt off the offensive rebound fall short at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
"We talked about toughness and wanting to be a tougher team," Duemler said. "Tonight on the last couple of possessions we got stops when we needed to. We are still growing into the kind of team we want to be and tonight they really showed signs of it."
The Cougars again sprinted out to a three-point lead, 43-40 on a free throw by Brandi Fowler and a put back on the rebound by Niahla Eudell.
Fedullo then hit a field goal and a three-point play to give Amsterdam a 45-44 lead with just under three minutes led in overtime. She then hit one of two from the line to open the lead to 46-44 before Corcoran tied the game at 46 on a put back by Sidnaria Harriston with 55 seconds remaining.
Harriston gave the Cougars the advantage converting on one of two free throws with 15 seconds left.
Amsterdam worked the ball upcourt and got it in the hands of Fedullo, who drew the foul, while driving to the hoop with 6.1 seconds left.
"The girls did a nice job finding her," Duemler said. "We moved her around between the middle of our zone offense and the wing so she gets a lot of touches on the ball. It doesn't matter what grade she is in."
The freshman knocked down the first free throw and returned to the line after a time out to convert on the second for a 48-47 lead.
The Cougars quickly moved the ball into the forecourt for Fowler to take a shot from the wing but the attempt was off the mark giving the Lady Rams the victory.
Fedullo finished the game with 20 points and was 8 for 18 from the free throw line. She accounted for all the Lady Rams' eight points in overtime. Guilianna Pritchard added 11 points to the Amsterdam victory.
Fowler led the Cougars with 15 points, while Harriston chipped in 13 for the Section III contender.
"We are young and we clearly weren't ready," Corcoran coach and Gloversville native James Marsh said. "We certainly didn't get out of the gate very well. We made some adjustments at halftime and offensively I thought we were better against their sets. We just made too many mistakes. Every time we made a run on them, we would shoot ourselves in the foot."
Amsterdam returns to the court today for a 5:30 game against Mekeel Academy, while Corcoran will play Guilderland in a 1 p.m. game at Amsterdam High School.
Johnstown 82, Mekeel Academy 56
AMSTERDAM -The Johnstown Lady Bills came out strong, outscoring Mekeel Christian Academy 23-5 in the opening period and cruising to the victory Saturday at Amsterdam High School.
Brianna O'Rourke and Hope Cerasuolo led Johnstown with 16 points apiece, while Megan Anagnostopulos connected on three 3-pointers en route to her 14-point performance. Morgan Catania joined them in double-digits with her 12-point game.
Rebekkah Dean, Nicole Baratiere and Lexy Rychick scored 14-points apiece for the Lions.
Johnstown will return to the Amsterdam High School Court at 4 p.m. today to face Tamarac.
Mekeel Christian is scheduled to face host Amsterdam in the 5:30 p.m. game of the Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase.
Amsterdam 48, Corcoran 47, OT
Amsterdam8 10 13 9 8 - 48
Corcoran3 10 16 11 7 - 47
A. Santiago 1-0-2, B. Santiago 1-0-2, Fedullo 6-8-20, Gannon 3-0-8, Devine1-1-3, Pritchard 5-1-11, Roach 1-0-2. Totals: 18-10-48.
Fowler 5-5-15, T. Williams 1-2-4, Gallipaue 1-0-2, Harriston 4-5-13, Gayle 3-3-9, Eudell 2-0-4. Totals: 16-15-47.
3-point goals: Amsterdam 2 (Gannon 2); Corcoran none.
Johnstown 82, Mekeel Christian Academy 56
Johnstown23 22 17 20 - 82
Mekeel Christian5 21 14 16 - 56
McCoy 2, Anagnostopulos 14, Stoutner 4, Barnholt 7, Hale 2, Catania 12, Cerasuolo 16, Stock 7, O'Rourke 16, Praught 2.
Mekeel Christian Academy
Dean 14, Pigliavento 4, Singleton 9, Baratiere 14, Rychick 14, McCarty 1.
3-point goals: Johnstown 9 (Megan Anagnostopulos 3, Hope Cerasuolo 2, Morgan Catania 2, Kelsi Barnholt 2); Mekeel Christian Academy 8 (Rebekkah Dean 3, Nicole Baratiere 2, Nicole Pigliavento, Lexy Rychick, Elizabeth singleton).
Mayfield Holiday Tournament
Galway 50, Mayfield 49
MAYFIELD - The Galway Golden Eagles rallied from an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter with 24 points to win the championship game of the annual Mayfield Holiday Tournament Saturday at Mayfield High School.
Erica Chase led Galway with 25 points, while Felicia Snyder added 11.
Miranda Eagan delivered 16 points for the Lady Panthers, while Julie Hampton hit a pair of 3-pointers in her 15-point effort.
Chase was named the tournament MVP. She was joined on the All-Tournament team her teammate Snyder, Mayfield's Hampton and Alex Sheldon and Schoharie's Lauren Archer.
Schoharie defeated Gloversville in the consolation game.
Galway 50, Mayfield 49
Galway 10 9 7 24 - 50
Mayfield10 14 13 12 - 49
Snyder 4-3-11, Ritter 0-3-3, Chase 7-10-25, Suits 1-1-3, Breckenridge 1-0-2, Naughten 3-0-6. Totals: 16-17-50.
Meca 1-0-2, Eagan 6-3-16, Sheldon 2-2-6, Hampton 4-5-15, LaVada 0-1-1, Bumpus 3-3-9. Totals: 16-14-49.
3-point goals: Galway1 (Erica Chase); Mayfield 3 (Julie Hampton 2, Miranda Eagan).
Broadalbin-Perth Holiday Tournament
Hudson 50, Schenectady 46, OT
Stillwater 39, Broadalbin-Perth 26
BROADALBIN -Hudson edged Schenectady in overtime and Stillwater rolled past Broadalbin-Perth to set up the championship game of the Broadalbin-Perth Holiday Tournament today.
Cortlyn Jepsen led the Blue Hawks into the title game with 16 points including a pair of 3-pointers, while Jennifer Laven hit for 12 and Alexus Durham added 11 for Schenectady.
Abby Higgins and Madison Mahar paced Stillwater with 13 and 10 points respectively, while Erica Kordjyak hit for six points and Nicole Traver five for the Lady Patriots.
Broadalbin-Perth and Schenectady will play in the consolation game at 6 p.m. and Stillwater and Hudson will square off for the title at 7:30 p.m.
Hudson 50, Schenectady 46
Schenectady11 8 9 14 4 - 46
Hudson12 10 11 9 8 - 50
Durham 1-9-11, Franco 3-0-6, Frazier 2-1-5, Laven 5-1-12, McFarline 2-0-5, Nowak 2-1-5, Rodriguez 0-2-2. Totals: 15-14-46.
Bell 1-0-2, Franklin 1-0-3, Ivery 2-0-5, Jepsen 4-6-16, Mackey 3-0-6, Mayhew 2-1-5, Sheard 3-2-8, Walker 1-0-3. Totals: 17-10-50.
3-point goals: Schenectady 2 (Kristy McFarline, Jennifer Laven); Hudson 5 (Cortlynn Jepsen 2, Ja-nayia Ivery, Azaira Walker, Nya Franklin).
Stillwater 39, Broadalbin-Perth 26
Stillwater11 88 16 4 - 39
Broadalbin-Perth1 6 10 9 - 26
Brewster 1-0-2, Ferrell 2-2-6, Fox-Kondas 1-0-2, Higgins 6-1-13, Mahar 4-1-10, D. Svendsen 0-4-4, L. Svendsen 1-0-2. Totals: 15-8-39.
Biggers 0-2-2, Decker 1-2-4, Ivery 2-0-4, Kordjyak 2-2-6, Simonson 0-2-2, Traver 2-1-5, Vedder 0-1-1, Westfall 1-0-2. Totals: 8-10-26.
3-point goals: Stillwater 1 (Madison Mahar); Broadalbin-Perth none.