By James A. Ellis/For The Leader-Herald
BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots made the most of their trips to the free-throw line to turn back perennial Foothills Council contender Amsterdam, 72-29 Monday night at the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
The Patriots came out on the attack early, drawing a pair of fouls on Amsterdam’s Annika Fedullo in the opening minute and allowing B-P to sprint out to a 12-3 first-quarter advantage.
The Rams fought back in the second quarter with Fedullo coming back in to knock down five points, but Broadalbin-Perth continued its pressure on offense, and converted five of 10 free throws to help carry a 22-14 lead into the locker room at the half.
“That was one of our thoughts coming into the game, be aggressive, attack their bigs and use foul shots as a weapon,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Casey Russom said.
The Patriots continued to roll in the second half with Mairead Marsden hitting eight points and grabbing key rebounds to lead six Broadalbin-Perth players to put points in the book in the quarter and extend its lead to 45-22 heading into the final period.
Camille Calderone connected for 12 of her 16 points in the final eight minutes to close out the 72-29 final score.
“A lot of problems tonight,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “Confidence, number one, foul trouble and taking care of the basketball and letting them shoot 500 foul shots and us shooting about 40 percent from the foul line. That’s the short list.”
After sitting out most of the first quarter, Fedullo finished with 13 points for Amsterdam, while Natalee Agresta was second high for the Rams with four.
“We need her [Fedullo] on the court,” Duemler said. “Most of the games she has stayed out of foul trouble, but we need to rally around it and not let it be the end all. We need to learn from these losses.”
Calderone and Marsden led five Broadalbin-Perth players to finish in double-digits with 16 points apiece, while Molly Russom added 11 points, all from the foul line, and Summer Perry and Mianna Barboza finished with 10 points apiece.
The Patriots went 27-for-44 from the free-throw line in Monday’s contest.
“That was a really nice win,” coach Russom said. “That’s what we are looking for . . . that ball to be shared. At any time, any of them can put up good numbers. They played very well as a team and seem to be very connected right now. We are young and we are trying to figure out as we go. What they do is work hard and compete. They are committed and those are huge things.”
Broadalbin-Perth (5-1 overall, 3-0 Foothills) will take on Scotia-Glenville Thursday, while Amsterdam will take on Queensbury in a league contest Thursday.
Amsterdam 3 11 8 7 — 29
Broadalbin-Perth 12 10 23 27 — 72
Amsterdam scoring — Fedullo 4-5-13, K. Fowler 1-0-3, Agresta 2-0-4, F. Fowler 0-3-3, Stanavich 0-1-1, Sculco 1-0-3, Brown 0-2-2. Broadalbin-Perth scoring — Calderone 5-3-16, Marsden 6-4-16, Sassanella 0-2-2, Russom 0-11-11, Hotaling 1-1-3, S. Perry 4-2-10, M. Perry 1-2-4, Barboza 4-2-10. Amsterdam totals: 8-11-29; Broadalbin-Perth totals: 21-27-72.