JOHNSTOWN — Coming off their first loss of the season, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College women’s basketball team was looking to return to the win column.
Led by Mayfield graduate Julie Hampton and My’eesa Grant the Lady Raiders overcame a slow start to pull away to a dominating 83-42 victory over Adirondack Community College Saturday at the Route 67 campus.
“We just have been coming out of the gate slow and I have been trying to change that,” Coach Kevin Jones said. “After that first quarter we got some kids in and Hampton and [Kaina] Martinez did a nice job for us in the front of that zone. Adirondack was packing it in way tight and we were trying to force things in there instead of moving the basketball and making them move a bit.”
FMCC (5-1) fell behind 12-8 early in the game before a 3-pointer by Martinez sparked a 12-5 run to win the opening quarter 20-17.
The Lady Raiders defense shut down the Timberwolves in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Hampton and Martinez combined for four steals that led to points in the first three minutes to grow the lead to 28-17 before Brianna McKinney connected for ACC to break the run.
Hampton and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville graduate Rylie Smith connected for 3-pointers to help the Lady Raiders outscore the Timberwolves 19-7 and take a 39-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
“Hampton and Martinez had active hands up there and were getting steals and easy buckets,” Jones said.
FMCC opened the second half with an 8-0 run with My’eesa Grant delivering six of those points en route to outscoring ACC 20-7 to take a 59-31 advantage into the final 10 minutes of play.
“There still was some stuff we were missing in transition in the third quarter and there was about five minutes where we didn’t score,” Jones said.
Hampton connected for three 3-pointers to go with 3-pointers from Amirah Greene and Sabriana Franck to close out the 83-42 victory.
Hampton finished with 22 points, four steals, three assists and four rebounds. Grant added a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Martinez added 10 points, three steals and two assists and Smith chipped in with 10 points, a steal and a block.
Hudson Falls graduate Brianna McKinney led Adirondack with her 17-point performance that included four 3-pointers.
“I am proud of them. All the kids played hard today. This is the way we have to play every game,” Jones said. “I told them after the game that the good thing about us we have a lot of kids who can score and do a lot of different things, which makes it hard for other teams to prepare for. As long as they are playing hard that is the main focus for what we are doing right now. Sometimes it is hard to keep all the kids happy but as long as they know it is about our win we will be in good shape.”
Fulton-Montgomery Community College 83, SUNY Adirondack 42
SUNY Adirondack 17 7 7 11 — 42
FMCC 20 19 20 24 — 83
Sardina 1-2-4, Yarter 2-0-4, Bourdeau 1-1-3, Prosser 4-0-8, MacDougal 0-1-1, Gaddy 1-1-3, McKinney 6-1-17, Brand 1-0-2. Totals: 16-5-42.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Hampton 7-4-22, Smith 4-0-10, Allums 0-1-1, Jenkins 1-0-2, Martinez 4-1-10, Acevedo 0-1-1, Weekes 0-5-5, Franck 2-2-7, Grant 7-2-16, Greene 4-0-9. Totals: 29-16-83.
3-point goals: SUNY Adirondack 5 (Brianna McKinney 4, Kate Bourdeau); FMCC 9 (Julie Hampton 4, Rylie Smith 2, Sabriana Franck, Kaina Martinez, Amirah Greene).
FMCC 81, SUNY Adirondack 53
JOHNSTOWN — Kerome Grant connected for 16 points and Dante Morgan added 15 as the Raiders returned to the win column Saturday.
Grant added 14 rebounds and a steal to his game credits, while Nigel Hemingway added 10 points and Saquan Goland pulled down 11 rebounds for FMCC.
Warrensburg graduate Shea Irish led SUNY Adirondack with 19 points and six rebounds.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College 81, SUNY Adirondack 53
Mbaye 2-0-5, Salazar 2-0-5, Pagan 1-0-2, Baudoux 3-0-7, Gonzalez 1-1-3, Irish 4-8-19, Duncan 1-3-5, Thompson 0-3-3, Hill 2-0-4. totals: 14-20-53.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Hemingway 3-4-10, Scullark 3-3-9, Joseph 3-0-7, Cooper 1-2-4, Day 1-0-3, Goland 1-3-5, Morgan 4-6-15, Rowe 1-4-6, Santiago 1-0-2, O’Connor 1-0-2, Grant 5-6-16, Tyrell 1-0-2. Totals: 25-28-81.
3-point goals: SUNY Adirondack 5 (Shea Irish 3, Serigne Mbaye, Inacio Salazar); FMCC 3, Sadrick Joseph, TiJuan Day, Dante Morgan).
Halftime: 40-22 FMCC.