BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots put an end to an eight-game losing streak Thursday, cruising past the still-winless Gloversville Lady Dragons 45-24.
The 44 points were a season-high for Broadalbin-Perth (3-8 overall, 2-6 Foothills). The Lady Patriots took advantage of 22 Gloversville turnovers and dominated on the glass, a mix that is often conducive to success. Zoe Simonson registered 11 rebounds in the first half before finishing with a game-high 15. Simonson explained the key to such a dominant night on the boards.
"Just making sure we box out and that's a whole team effort," said Simonson. "Every single one of us has to make sure that we box out and then someone is going to get the rebound either way."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Tatiana Ivery (25) looks to drive past Gloversville’s Stacia Griesemer (11) during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Simonson tallied just two points in the game, but the Lady Patriots got a balanced scoring attack from both starters and bench players. Isabella Magliocca scored six points in the first quarter to spur Broadalbin-Perth to a 12-4 advantage. Stacia Griesemer scored all four Gloversville points in the frame.
Gloversville's offense struggled mightily in the second quarter. Emily Washburn made one free throw midway through the quarter for Gloversville's only point.
"We've been stressing defense and I've been looking because I know we're not a powerhouse team scoring wise," said Broadalbin-Perth head coach Michael Magliocca. "We try to go with our better defenders in the beginning of the game to try to take control of the tempo of the game if we can, but tonight was an all-around effort."
Carrying a 19-5 lead into the second half, Brianna Westfall provided an additional spark off the bench for the Lady Patriots. Westfall made two field goals and hit a free throw for five points in the quarter before finishing with eight. Westfall, Magliocca, Tatiana Ivery and Nicole Traver all had at least eight points for Broadalbin-Perth.
Gloversville scored twice as many points in the third quarter as it did in the first two combined. Griesemer was big down low for Gloversville all game and put in a team-high 13 points while grabbing nine rebounds.
Broadalbin-Perth went on a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to give the team its biggest lead of the game at 45-19. The Lady Dragons scored the final two baskets of the game, the second of which was their only three-pointer of the game. Natalie Kucel knocked it down with four seconds left on the clock.
"I hope they feel great about themselves tonight because it was a team effort," said Magliocca. "Tonight showed that we're improving as the year goes on."
Broadalbin-Perth will be on the road at Coxsackie-Athens Saturday with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Broadalbin-Perth got its first win of the season against the Lady Indians 36-28 in December. Gloversville will host Glens Falls Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth 45, Gloversville 24
Broadalbin-Perth12 7 12 14 - 45
Gloversville4 1 10 9 - 24
Magliocca 3-3-9, Traver 2-5-9, Ivery 3-1-8, Westfall 3-2-8, Kordjyak 2-1-5, Decker 2-0-4, Simonson 1-0-2. Totals 16-12-45.
Griesemer 4-5-13, Kucel 1-0-3, Washburn 1-1-3, Ross 1-0-2, Stover 1-0-2, Gifford 0-1-1. Totals 8-7-24.
3-point-goals: Broadalbin-Perth 1 (Ivery); Gloversville 1 (Kucel).