Defense sparks Lady Bills’ win over B-P

Johnstown’s Kanako Sasaki (10) draws a foul as she drives to the hoop between Broadalbin-Perth’s Caitlin Palmateer (24) and Makenzie Smith during Foothills Council action Monday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN – When the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots burst out to a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game, Johnstown girls varsity basketball coach Tim Derwin thought he was looking at a long night for the Lady Bills.

Instead, the Lady Bills turned up their defense and surged ahead in the third quarter to take home their third-straight victory, 41-30 over the Lady Patriots in Foothills Council action Monday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“We couldn’t have gotten off to a more slow, lethargic start to the night,” Derwin said. “I felt we were like that all night on offense but defensively we made it work. That is what won it for us. When we got down 7-0 here early we looked like we were going to get beat something like 48-10.”

Makenzie Smith got things rolling for Broadalbin-Perth, drawing a foul and converting on one-of-two free throws just five seconds into the game. She made her second trip to the free-throw line 38 seconds later and made both free throws for a 3-0 advantage.

Smith continued her early dominance under the basket, pouring to two baskets in the low post to stake the Lady Patriots to a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game.

The Lady Bills adjusted defensively and were successful in shutting off the Lady Patriots inside game, but could not put any points on the scoreboard until Anna Lee connected on a 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the opening quarter.

“We let the Smith girl get right where she wanted to the first two times down the court and the plan was to double her but we didn’t,” Derwin said. “Once we started pinching in and helping out, our defense started percolating. That is what got us back in it, painstakingly slow.”

Lee added a free throw and Jess VanNostrand converted on a pair of free throw for Johnstown to cut B-P;s lead to 7-6 before Nyah Thompson hit her first basket of the night in the closing seconds and Kanako Sasaki answered for Johnstown to close out the opening quarter with the Lady Patriots holding on to a 9-8 lead.

Johnstown took its first lead of the game 45 seconds into the second quarter on a put back from Amber Tesi before the lady Patriots went on a 6-0 run to build a 15-10 lead with 2:05 left in the opening half.

The Lady Bills answered with a 5-1 run over the final minute to cut Broadalbin-Perth’s halftime advantage to a single point, 16-15.

“We got off to a great start,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We ran real well and protected the ball but it seemed like after that third possession we forgot how to run our offense and got real choppy at times. We couldn’t get any kind of continuity.”

The Lady Bills opened the second half with an 8-0 run with Lee accounting for six of those points and Abbygail VandeWalker the other two, to take a 23-16 lead.

Smith began finding success in the low post, drawing fouls and earning trips to the free-throw line where she converted on 3-of-6 opportunities.

The Lady Bills also earned trips to the free throw line and converted on 7-of-10 chances as neither team made a field goal in the final four minutes of the third quarter.

With a 30-21 advantage going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Bills began working the ball deep into the shot clock before putting up an attempt to close out the 41-30 league win.

“The second half we cut our turnovers down to three after having nine in the first half,” Derwin said. “Anna Lee did a nice job defensively. She worked extremely hard, full court, all night long and didn’t foul their point guard [Caroline Iannotti] and made her work and I think that took its toll on her. Jess Van Nostrand made a couple of big defensively plays and Tesi scored and did a nice job rebounding.”

Lee led the Johnstown scoring with 14 points, while VanNostrand had nine and Tesi finished with six points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Wilson finished with five points, while Sasaki had four and VandeWalker rounded out the Lady Bills scoring with three points.

Smith finished the night with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Thompson had six points, Lola DiCaterino had five and Kylie Stigberg chipped in with four.

“We turned the ball over way too many times tonight and got out-rebounded,” Gifford said. “Those two things won’t take you to the promised land. You have to be able to take care of the ball.”

Johnstown (6-10 overall, 4-10 Foothills) returns to action Thursday night at Warren Street Elementary School when it looks to avenge an overtime loss to Schuylerville. The Lady Bills will host Gloversville next Monday on Senior Night at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Broadalbin-Perth (4-12 overall, 3-11 Foothills) will travel to play Queensbury Thursday.

Johnstown 41, Broadalbin-Perth 30

Johnstown 8 7 15 11 — 41

Broadalbin-Perth 9 7 6 9 — 30


Sasaki 1-2-4, VanNostrand 1-7-9, VandeWalker 1-1-3, Tesi 3-0-6, Lee 5-2-14, Wilson 2-1-5. Totals: 13-13-41.


Stigberg 1-0-2, DiCaterino 1-3-5, Thompson 3-0-6, Smith 5-6-16. Totals: 10-10-30.

3-point goals: Johnstown 2 (Anna Lee 2); Broadalbin-Perth none.

Gloversville 81, Schuylerville 44

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Lady Dragons extended their Foothills Council win streak to 10 games with Monday’s victory over Schuylerville.

Harmony Philo led Gloversville with her 20-point performance that included four 3-pointers. Kerri Hauser finished with 17 points, while Alex Benfatti had 14 points and Kendra Lavery chipped in with 10.

Cassie Patrick led the Black Horses with 14 points, while Emily Vallee added eight points.

Gloversville 81, Schuylerville 44

Gloversville 26 24 20 11 — 81

Schuylerville 6 15 9 14 — 44


Hauser 6-5-17, Philo 7-2-20, Langley 3-0-7, Benfatti 4-5-14, Lavery 5-0-10, Jones 1-6-8, Christman 1-0-2, Brown 0-3-3. Totals: 27-21-81.


Vallee 4-0-8, Patrick 4-5-14, McShane 2-0-4, Signor 1-0-2, Spencer 1-0-3, Hough 2-0-5, Phillips 1-0-2, Haviland 2-0-4, Darrah 0-2-2, Totals: 17-7-44.

3-point goals: Gloversville 6 (Harmony Philo 4, Gabby Langley, Alex Benfatti); Schuylerville 3 (Patrick, Spencer, Hough)

Amsterdam 56,

Glens Falls 53

GLENS FALLS — Giuliana Pritchard led the Lady Rams to their second-straight win with a 25-point performance Monday at Glens Falls High School.

Elena Fedullo chipped in with 13 points for Amsterdam while Jackie Stanavich finished with eight points.

Anna Bayle led Glens Falls with 25 points and six rebounds, while Sovereign Strickland finished with 13 points and Felicity Williams had seven assists on the night.

Amsterdam 56, Glens Falls 53

Amsterdam 17 9 12 18 — 56

Glens Falls 11 16 8 18 — 53


Stanavich 4-0-8, Livero 1-1-3, May 1-0-3, Pritchard 9-6-25, Beekman 2-0-4, Fedullo 3-7-13. Totals: 20-14-56.

Glens Falls

Schliff 1-0-2, Bayle 8-6-25, Cutter 4-0-12, Williams 1-0-2, Strickland 5-1-13. Totals: 19-7-54.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 2 (Antonia May, Giuliana Pritchard); Glens Falls 9 (Lexi Cutter 4, Anna Bayle 3, Sovereign Strickland 2).

Scotia-Glenville 47, Hudson Falls 42

HUDSON FALLS — League-leading Scotia-Glenville got a 15-point performance from Mary Kate Palleschi as the Lady Tartans held off Hudson Falls for the win.

Rhaymi Porter joined Palleschi in double-figures with 10 points.

Brinley Inglee led Hudson Falls with 16 points.

Scotia-Glenville 47, Hudson Falls 42

Scotia-Glenville 10 12 15 10 – 47

Hudson Falls 6 22 6 8 – 42


Mitchell 2-4-8, L. Geniti 2-0-4, J. Geniti 1-0-2, Palleschi 6-2-15, Winney 3-0-8, Porter 3-4-10. Totals: 17-10-47.

Hudson Falls

Phillips 2-0-6, McCarthy 1-1-3, Kelley 3-0-6, Kitchner 2-0-5, Inglee 6-1-16, DePalo 1-4-6. Totals: 15-6-42.

Queensbury 61, South Glens Falls 50

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Hope Sullivan connected for 26 points and Hailey Ballard finished with 18 to lead Queensbury to victory over the Bulldogs.

Hannah Breen and Makenzie Collier led South High with 16 points apiece.

Queensbury 61, South Glens Falls 50

Queensbury 21 11 16 13 — 61

South Glens Falls 9 7 15 19 — 50


O’Connor 4-0-8, Ballard 7-4-18, K. Hunt 2-0-4, Doin 2-0-5, Sullivan 10-2-26. Totals: 25-6-61.

South Glens Falls

Breen 5-2-16, Buser 0-2-2, Collier 5-4-16, Hart 2-0-5, Lanfear 1-0-2, Bovair 0-2-2, Shaw 3-1-7. Totals: 16-11-50.

3-point goals: Queensbury 5 (Hope Sullivan 4, Abby Doin); South Glens Falls 7 (Hannah Breen 4, Makenzie Collier 2, Sydney Hunt),

Western Athletic Conference

Mekeel Christian 43, Mayfield 37

MAYFIELD — The Lady Panthers held Mekeel Christian to a single point in the first quarter but could not build off the success as the Lions charged to outscore Mayfield 23-14 in the second half to pick up the victory.

Elizabeth Singleton led Mekeel Christian with her 20-point effort, while Rebekkah Dean finished with eight points.

Sydney Sheldon paced the Lady Panthers with 19 points, while Camryn Meca had seven and Kaylee Hampton chipped in with five.

Mekeel Christian Academy 43, Mayfield 37

Mekeel Christian Academy 1 19 16 7 — 43

Mayfield 10 13 9 5 — 37

Mekeel Christian Academy

Davis 1-0-2, Dean 2-4-8, Show 2-1-6, Ballard 1-2-4, Delarosa 1-0-3, Singleton 8-3-20. Totals: 15-10-43.


L. Hampton 1-2-4, Meca 2-1-7, Sheldon 6-7-19, K. Hampton 2-0-5, LaGrange 1-0-2. Totals: 12-10-37.

3-point goals: Mekeel Christian Academy 3 (Madison Show, Altagracia Delarosa, Elizabeth Singleton); Mayfield 3 (Camryn Meca 3, Kaylee Hampton).

BKW 56, OESJ 23

BERNE — The Bulldogs received scoring from 11 players in their victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Monday.

Taylor Meacham led BKW with 14 points, while Morgan Thomas finished with 13 and Amber Skinner had eight.

Shian Harman and Rebecca Trumble led the Lady Wolves with six points apiece, while Alexis Klock had five.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 56,

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 23

OESJ 4 11 1 7 — 23

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 22 13 10 11 — 56

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Harman 2-2-6, Hart 0-1-1, Klock 1-4-5, LaCoppola 0-2-2, Richardson 1-2-3, Trumble 3-0-6. Totals: 7-9-23.


Bianchi 1-0-3, DiRoma 1-0-3, Latham 1-0-2, Meacham 6-0-14, Morrow 0-1-1, Ruiz 1-2-4, Sherwin 2-1-5, Skinner 4-0-8, Thomas 0-1-1, Wright 6-1-13, Yarusso 1-0-2. Totals: 23-6-56.

3-point goals: OESJ none; BKW 4 (Taylor Meacham 2, Caitlyn Bianchi, Raquel DiRoma)

By Paul Wager

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