Lady Dragons extend Foothills win streak to 9

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Gloversville’s Sheyenne Beach (20) looks to drive past Queensbury’s Hailey Ballard (5) during Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — At the start of the season the Gloversville girls basketball team dropped their first four games to tough Foothills Council opponents.

However, the result the second time through the league schedule was different.

Thursday, the Lady Dragons recorded their ninth straight Foothills Council victory by defeating Queensbury 62-43 to complete the sweep of teams — Amsterdam, Glens Falls, Scotia-Glenville and Queensbury — that beat them at the start of the season.

“That is what we were looking to do,” said Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy of avenging the season-opening losses. “Especially after losing to them early in the season we were ready to go tonight. They are a young talented team with Hope Sullivan and Abby Doin. They really hurt us the first game. So we were expecting that again. I think our change in defense kept them from doing what they wanted to do.”

Queensbury broke out to a quick 8-0 lead on a basket by Hailey Ballard and 3-pointers from Hope Sullivan and Meghan O’Connor.

The Lady Dragons got rolling by putting up 14 unanswered points to take a 14-8 lead. Olivia Nassivera broke the run for the Spartans with her basket before Gloversville closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run and a 20-10 lead.

Gloversville kept its momentum going by opening the second quarter with nine unanswered points to take their lead to 29-10 en route to taking a 42-23 lead into the locker room at the half.

The majority of the Lady Dragons first-half points came in transition.

“That came from a lot of defensive stops and rebounds and that get us going,” Coach D’Arcy said. “The girls look great when they are running the court and they like to play that way.”

The Lady Dragons showed no signs off let down after the break as they concentrated on their defense and held Queensbury to five third-quarter points.

Coach D’Arcy said that was a result of having time to work in practice over the seven days since their last game.

“Especially after playing three games back-to-back last week the break gave us a chance to focus in on some areas where we want to see growth heading into sectionals,” she said. “This past week we have been in the gym doing a lot of drills for defense and rebounding and it paid off tonight.”

Gloversville reserves Made Jones and Gabby Brown connected for eight of Gloversville’s 10 fourth-quarter points to lock up the 62-43 Foothills Council victory.

Doin finished with 12 points, all from behind the 3-point arc, while Ballard had 10.

Harmony Philo scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, while Kendra Lavery connected for 13 of her 15 points also in the first half and Kerri Hauser finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

Gloversville (10-5 overall, 9-4 Foothills) will take to the road for its next four games before returning home for its final regular season game on Feb. 12 against Hudson Falls.

Gloversville 63, Queensbury 43

Queensbury 10 13 5 15 — 43

Gloversville 20 22 10 10 — 62

Queensbury

O’Connor 2-3-8, Ballard 5-0-10, Nassivera 1-0-2, Hunt 1-3-5, Doin 4-0-12, Sullivan 2-1-6. Totals: 15-7-43.

Gloversville

Brown 1-0-2, Hauser 4-1-9, Philo 9-2-20, Jones 2-0-6, Langley 2-1-5, Lavery 7-1-15, Benfatti 2-0-5. Totals: 27-5-62.

3-point goals: Queensbury 6 (Abby Doin 4, Meghan O’Connor, Hope Sullivan); Gloversville 3 (Madde Jones 2, Alex Benfatti).

Amsterdam 56, South Glens Falls 42

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Amsterdam’s Giuliana Pritchard reached the 1,000-point career scoring milestone in the third quarter of Thursday’s game and finished with 14 points to leave South Glens Falls after the league win with 1,001 career points.

She Joins Nina Fedullo as the only Lady Rams in school history to reach the scoring milestone.

Jackie Stanavich led the Lady Rams (10-2 Foothills) with 17 points, while Antonia May finished with 11.

South High’s Makenzie Collier led all scorers with 23 points.

Amsterdam 56, South Glens Falls 42

Amsterdam 11 10 16 19 — 56

South Glens Falls 3 15 12 12 — 42

Amsterdam

Beekman 1-1-3, Fedullo 2-2-6, Flint 2-0-5, May 4-0-11, Pritchard 4-6-14, Stanavich 8-1-17. Totals: 21-10-56.

South Glens Falls

Bovair 3-0-6, Breen 1-0-3, Buser 1-1-3, Collier 7-8-23, Lanfear 1-0-2, Shaw 2-1-5. Totals: 15-1042.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 4 (Antonia May 3, Taylor Flint); South Glens Falls 2 (Mekenzie Collier, Hannah Breen).

Broadalbin-Perth 50, Hudson Falls 49

BROADALBIN — The Lady Patriots outscored Hudson Falls 18-4 in the second quarter and held off the Lady Tigers for the Foothills Council victory.

B-P’s Makenzie Smith led all scorers with her 21-point performance while Nyah Thompson finished with 12 points and Lola DiCaterino finished with six.

Brinley Inglee led Hudson Falls with 16 points, while Naesha Kelley had 12 points and Kierr McCarthy chipped in with 11 points.

Broadalbin-Perth 50, Hudson Falls Falls 49

Hudson Falls 15 4 16 14 — 49

Broadalbin-Perth 9 18 12 11 — 50

Hudson Falls

McCarthy 4-0-11, Kelley 4-4-12, Inglee 5-2-16, Casey 1-0-2, DePalo 0-8-8. Totals: 14-14-49.

Broadalbin-Perth

Goebal 0-1-1, DiCaterino 2-1-6, Iannotti 1-0-3, Morreale 1-1-3, Thompson 4-3-12, Palmateer 1-2-4, Smith 7-7-21. Totals: 16-15-50.

3-point goals: Hudson Falls Brinley Inglee 4, Kierra McCarthy 3); Broadalbin-Perth 3 (Lola DiCaterino, Caroline Iannotti, Nyah Thompson).

Johnstown 58, Glens Falls 51

GLENS FALLS — The Lady Bills jumped out to an eight-point halftime lead and held off Glens Falls to split the season series between the teams.

The Lady Indians won the Dec. 11 contest 55-47 in Johnstown.

Anna Lee led Johnstown with her game-high 16 points, while Jess VanNostrand hit a pair of 3-pointers and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in her 14-point effort.

Sovereign Strickland led Glens Falls with 15 points, while Anna Bayle chipped in with 13 points.

Johnstown 58, Glens Falls 51

Johnstown 13 17 10 18 — 58

Glens Falls 9 13 12 17 — 51

Johnstown

Sasaki 1-0-2, VanNostrand 3-6-14, VandeWalker 3-0-7, Tesi 3-2-8, Lee 4-8-16, Wilson 4-3-11. Totals: 18-19-58.

Glens Falls

Schliff 2-3-7, Bayle 6-1-13, Cutter 3-0-9, Williams 3-0-7, Strickland 6-3-15. Totals: 20-7-51.

3-point goals: Johnstown 3 (Jess VanNostrand 2, Abby VandeWalker); Glens Falls 4 (Lexi Cutter 3, Felicity Williams).

By Paul Wager

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