Lady Bills cruise past Mechanicville

JOHNSTOWN – Riding a three-game losing streak heading into the last regular-season game of the season, the Johnstown Lady Bills were looking for a positive response as they head into postseason play.

And they got it.

Facing Mechanicville on senior night, the Lady Bills got off to a fast start, survived a surge and finished strong to claim a 61-39 non-league victory Monday night at Johnstown High School.

“We came back and took care of business tonight. We needed that heading into sectionals,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “I really think having seven wins instead of six will help us an awful lot as we pursue getting a possible home play-in game Friday. There were a lot of contributions from a lot of kids tonight. Every time Mechanicville pushed, we answered instead of letting them get all the way back and then going the other way. I am happy with the win tonight.”

Johnstown got off to a fast start with Jess VanNostrand delivering six of the Lady Bills’ first 10 points as the sprinted out to a 10-0 lead.

Mechanicville coach Brian Goverski turned to his bench and they responded by contributing seven points in the Red Raiders’ 11-4 run to end the opening quarter trailing 14-11.

The Lady Bills responded with Mallory Baldwin scoring, while Claire Guzielek and Chelsea Cirillo stepping up on the inside to spark an 8-1 run to pull away to a 22-15 advantage.

“We needed those rebounds because you can’t be one-and-done with the shots heading into sectionals,” Derwin said.

Again, the Mechanicville reserves picked up the Red Raiders game with Mia Teal pulling down 10 rebounds in the half to help bring a 31-19 Johnstown lead with 11 seconds left in the half down to nine, 31-22, as Julia Amodeo hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer lone points of the second quarter for the Mechanicville starters.

Guzielek and Cirillo continued to make their presence known under the baskets as they brought down key rebounds on both ends of the court. Guzielek hit for seven of the Lady Bills’ 10 points in the quarter to help build a 41-29 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Johnstown took its lead to 14 points, 45-31, early in the final stanza and Derwin used to opportunity to get his bench involved to close out the 61-39 victory.

“[Mechanicville] knocked down a big three right before half to turn a 12-point lead into a nine-point lead at the half,” Derwin said. “They played us even in the third but I think we made some nice plays early in the fourth. Our offense looked good. We got our high-low going and we got inside their zone a little bit and made some big plays. Chelsea Cirillo made some big offensive rebounds and put backs and that really helped open it up. Jess VanNostrand made some nice shots too.”

Taylor Grayson and Samantha Pasinella came off the bench to lead Mechanicville with 13 and 10 points respectively and Amodeo delivered a nine-point effort.

Guzielek led Johnstown with her double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Lexus Williams got in foul trouble early but recovered to knock down 10 fourth-quarter points to finish with 12 points, while VanNostrand added 11 points and Cirillo chipped in with nine points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block.

“It will be interesting to see how we do on Wednesday,” Derwin said. “The Bs are tough because there are so many teams. I think that between 11 and 19 of them are going to get play-in games to get it down to 16 teams. For us, I want to play more games; I don’t want to stop. I think our record isn’t great but we have been competitive, so if we can get on a little bit of a roll and make a few baskets I know we can keep going.”

Johnstown 61, Mechanicville 39

Mechanicville11 11 7 10 – 39

Johnstown14 17 10 20 – 61

Mechanicville

Amodeo 3-2-9, Zachar 0-1-1, Teal 1-0-2, Kenyon 0-2-2, Grayson 3-4-13, Pasinella 2-10, Harrington 1-0-2. Totals: 10-15-39.

Johnstown

Levin 1-0-2, VanNostrand 3-4-11, Baldwin 2-2-6, Williams 5-2-12, Guzielek 7-2-17, Cirillo 4-1-9, Fisher 1-0-2, VanAernam 0-2-2. Totals: 23-13-61.

3-point goals: Mechanicville 4 (Grayson 3, Amodeo); Johnstown 2 (VanNostrand, Guzielek).

Non-league

Broadalbin-Perth 37, Burnt Hills 26

BURNT HILLS – Erica Kordjyak and Isabella Magliocca each scored 10 points to a non-league win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

The Lady Patriots ended the regular season with a 7-13 overall record.

B-P outscored the Lady Spartans 25-12 in the second half to earn the victory.

Avery Pollard scored nine points to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Broadalbin-Perth 37, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 26

Broadalbin-Perth6 6 14 11 – 37

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake6 8 8 4 – 26

Broadalbin-Perth

Biggers 2-0-5, Ivery 2-2-6, Kordjyak 2-6-10, Magliocca 4-2-10, Thompson 2-0-4, Visco 1-0-2. Totals 13-10-37.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Leva 0-1-1, Meaney 1-0-2, Muzio 1-0-2, Polland 3-0-9, Purdy 1-1-3, Schurman 2-0-4, Waters 2-1-5. Totals 10-3-26.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 1 (Biggers); Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 3 (Pollard).

MVAC

Crown Point 54, Wells 35

CROWN POINT – Brittany Foote had 17 points and six rebounds to lead the Crown Point to a win over Wells.

Shawna McIntosh finished with 11 points for the Panthers (9-7 overall), while Torrie Vrandenburg added 10 points.

Erika Foster scored 17 points to lead Wells (5-11 overall).

Crown Point 54, Wells 35

Wells8 9 9 9 – 35

Crown Point13 17 20 4 – 54

Wells

Mattice 1-0-2, Beach 1-1-3, Kennedy 3-0-6, Darling 2-0-4, Foster 6-3-17, Mauro 1-1-3. Totals 14-5-35.

Crown Point

Noel 3-0-6, H. Foote 1-0-2, Dushane 1-0-2, McIntosh 5-1-11, Vrandenburg 5-0-10, Palmer 2-3-7, B. Foote 7-2-16. Totals 24-6-54.

3-point goals: Wells 2 (Foster 2); Crown Point – none.

Center State Conference

Mount Markham 51, Dolgeville 36

WEST WINFIELD – Erica Cornmire finished with 21 points to lead Mount Markham to a win over Dolgeville.

The Mustangs outscored the Blue Devils 19-8 in the first quarter on their way to the victory.

Rosetta Poveromo scored 11 points for Mount Markham, while Mykaela Barrett added 10 points.

Emilie Lewandowski scored 12 points to lead Dolgeville (10-10 overall).

Mount Markham 51, Dolgeville 36

Dolgeville8 7 4 17 – 36

Mount Markham19 5 4 23 – 51

Dolgeville

George 3-0-6, Lewandowski 5-2-12, Owens 1-3-5, Price 3-1-7, Zilkowski 3-0-6. Totals 15-6-36.

Mount Markham

Barrett 4-2-10, Collins 1-2-5, Cornmire 8-5-21, Ingalls 1-2-4, Poveromo 5-1-11. Totals 19-12-51.

3-point goals: Dolgeville – none; Mount Markham 1 (Collins).

WAC

Northville 54, Duanesburg 27

JOHNSTOWN – Charlotte Kalkbrenner finished with 14 points to lead Northville to a Western Athletic Conference crossover win over Duanesburg at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Morgan Wilson added 13 points for Northville (7-13 overall).

Cassidy Schaffer scored nine points to lead Duanesburg.

Northville 54, Duanesburg 27

Duanesburg9 5 5 8 – 27

Northville18 16 10 10 – 54

Duanesburg

Hoffman 1-1-3, Lenehan 0-5-5, Schaeffer 3-3-9, Smith 3-0-6, Sorrentino 2-0-4. Totals 9-9-27.

Northville

Foster 2-3-7, Hadland 3-0-8, Kalkbrenner 5-2-14, LaPort 2-0-5, Strouse 1-0-2, Varriale 1-0-2, Wildermuth 1-0-3, Wilson 4-3-13. Totals 18-10-54.

3-point goals: Duanesburg – none; Northville 8 (Hadland 2, Kalkbrenner 2, Wilson 2, Wildermuth, LaPort).

Bishop Gibbons 36, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 29

JOHNSTOWN – Sarah Del Vecchio finished with 21 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a Western Athletic Conference crossover game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Saturday.

Kirsten Raux scored eight points to lead Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (6-12 overall).

Bishop Gibbons 36,

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 29

Bishop Gibbons8 4 7 17 – 36

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville7 1 14 7 – 29

Bishop Gibbons

Kienzle 1-0-2, Brown 2-2-4, Del Vecchio 8-5-21, Malinowski 2-0-4, Santiago 1-0-3. Totals 14-7-36.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Lynch 1-0-2, Romeyn 2-0-6, Raux 3-0-8, Mosher 2-0-5, Handy 1-1-4, LaCoppola 2-0-4. Totals 11-1-29.

3-point goals: Bishop Gibbons 1 (Santiago); Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 6 (Romeyn 2, Raux 2, Mosher, Handy).

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