Tesi, Williams lead Gloversville girls’ basketball past Johnstown

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Johnstown’s Isabella Bermas grabs a rebound next to Gloversville’s Alexandra Albanese Thursday.

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GLOVERSVILLE — The inside game of Gloversville’s Zoie Tesi and Shiasia Williams presented a big challenge for the Johnstown Lady Bills.

Tesi and Williams combined for 32 points, 24 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Dragons picked up their first win of the season 44-27 Thursday at Gloversville High School.

“Those two [Tesi and Williams} down low was a mismatch all night long,” Johnstown coach Brandon Hillier said. “Their height and they are also aggressive strong and understand body position. We made an adjustment and fronted them in the low post and it seemed to work for a while.”

The Lady Bills put their first points of the game on the board when Isabella Bermas scored off a turnover, however the lead was short-lived as the Dragons’ Lucia Bouchard hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court to give Gloversville the lead.

The Gloversville ball handlers found a way to get the ball into Tesi in the low post and she responded with 14 points and five rebounds, while Williams added three rebounds and a block to help the Dragons build a 21-4 lead.

Emily Pertell hit a 3-pointer to account for the second-quarter scoring for Johnstown, while Williams added four points and Alexandra Albanese hit a basket to give Gloversville a 27-7 halftime advantage.

“Zoie and Shiasia down low were like a block-fest tonight,” Gloversville coach Emily Parslow said. “Allie Salvione was all over the floor and making lots of plays. That is what I like to see.”

Julieanna Hisert found her shooting stroke in the second half, hitting four 3-pointers en route to scoring 18 of the Lady Bills’ 20 second-half points.

Despite the improved offensive output by the Lady Bills, Gloversville stayed with its inside game. Tesi added 11 more points, while Williams continued to pull down defensive rebounds to help the Dragons secure the Foothills Council victory.

“Our inside game was absolutely phenomenal tonight,” Parslow said. “They were pretty excited to get the win. Now they know they can win.”

Tesi led all scorers with 25 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, while Williams pulled down 11 rebounds to go with four blocks and seven points. Angelina Christman finished with five points while Albanese had four and Bouchard added three points to round out the Gloversville scoring.

Hisert led the Lady Bills with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while Bermas hit for four points, and Pertell finished with three points and Amia Hall rounded out the Johnstown scoring with a basket.

“Julie is starting to be confident in her shot selection,” Hillier said. “Over the last few games she has been forcing it and tonight she was a little more comfortable and found some open spots. Tonight we were able to run our offense to a point where we could find those shots. It wasn’t just Julie, everybody got shots off but Julie’s were going in.”

Gloversville (1-4 overall, 1-3 Foothills) will travel to play Fonda-Fultonville in a non-league game Dec. 30 before returning to league action Jan. 5 at Broadalbin-Perth.

Johnstown (0-7 overall, 0-4 Foothills) will host Stillwater in a non-league contest on Jan. 4 before returning to Foothills Council play on Jan. 5 at Glens Falls.

“I am very proud of the girls. It was a real good step in the right direction,” Hillier said. “That has been the theme all season – just make progress each and every game. Things are starting to click for the newer players and the veteran players are starting to trust the newer players. It is going to be a long process.

Johnstown 4 3 5 5 — 27

Gloversville 21 6 12 5 — 44

Johnstown scoring: Bermas 2-0-4, Hall 1-0-2, Pertell 1-0-3, Hisert 7-0-18. Gloversville scoring: Bouchard 1-0-3, Christman 1-3-5, Tesi 11-3-25, Williams 3-1-7, Albanese 2-0-4. Scoring totals: Johnstown 11-0-27, Gloversville 18-7-44.

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