Lady Dragons cruise to 54-35 victory over Broadalbin-Perth

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Gloversville’s Kiana Walters (20) puts up a shot over Broadalbin-Perth’s Lauralie Grainer (1) during Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Lady Dragons jumped out to a big first-quarter lead and pulled away to close out their final home game of the regular season with a 54-35 victory over Broadalbin-Perth on Senior Night Thursday at Gloversville High School.

“It means a lot to us to get a win in this gym especially on Senior Night,” Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy said. “Hopefully we can get back here for another game [sectionals] but it is not really anything we can control at this point.”

Daley Jo Christman and Harmony Philo got Gloversville off to a fast start with Christman laying the ball in for two baskets and converting on a pair of free throws, while Philo drained a pair of 3-pointers to stake the Lady Dragons to an 11-0 lead.

Makenzie Smith recorded what would be the Lady Patriots lone points of the opening quarter with 4:28 left but picked up two quick fouls and was relegated to the bench.

The Lady Dragons continued to grow their lead with free throws from Philo and a basket and two free throws from Kendra Lavery to build a 17-2 advantage at the end of the opening period.

Gloversville continued to stretch its lead early in the second quarter, with Philo, Madde Jones and Lavery delivering baskets to build a 26-2 lead before Smith made a pair of free throws to break the run and put the score at 26-4.

Emma Goebel, Adrienne Morreale and Lauralie Grainer added a free throw apiece in the closing minute to send the game into the break with Gloversville leading 26-7.

Smith got her game on track in the third quarter, connecting for 10 points for the Lady Patriots, but Christman and Lavery kept pace with her scoring to help the Lady Dragons take a 41-24 lead into the final period.

Grainer opened the fourth quarter scoring for B-P with a 3-pointer and Smith followed with a basket to cut the Gloversville lead to 12, 41-29.

Philo swung the momentum back to Gloversville’s side with a 3-pointer, three free throws and a basket to take the lead back up to 18, 49-31.

Kyle Stigberg and Sara Kline added baskets for Broadalbin-Perth before Lavery and Philo closed out their Senior Night with a basket and a 3-pointer respectively for the 54-35 Foothills Council victory.

“We just were never in the game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “I am puzzled. But still somehow it was a 12 point game with six minutes left. We hung around and then the same things that plagued us early in the game showed up again. At this point in the season we need to show up to play and tonight it didn’t seem like we were ready.”

Smith finished the game with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Goebel had six points and Stigberg finished with four.

Philo finished with 26 points and a 7-for-7 effort from the free-throw line, while Lavery was 3-for-3 from the line in her 13-point effort and Christman finished the night with 10 points to go with five points from Jones.

“Definitely nice to utilize everybody and come out with a win,” D’Arcy said. “[Senior] Kiana Walters just started playing for me this year but it is has been a pleasure to coach Kendra, Daley Jo and Harm through all the years and utilize their skill set. The younger girls definitely look up to them as leaders.”

Gloversville (14-5 overall, 13-4 Foothills) will close out its regular season on the road Monday at Hudson Falls, while Broadalbin-Perth (5-14 overall, 5-12 Foothills) will close out its regular season Monday at Scotia-Glenville

Gloversville 54, Broadalbin-Perth 35

Broadalbin-Perth 2 5 17 11 — 35

Gloversville 17 9 15 13 — 54

Broadalbin-Perth

Grainer 0-1-1, Goebel 2-1-6, Stigberg 2-0-4, Morreale 0-1-1, Kline 1-0-2, Smith 8-4-21. Totals: 13-7-35.

Gloversville

Christman 3-4-10, M. Jones 2-0-3, Philo 7-7-26, Lavery 5-3-13. Totals: 17-14-54.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Emma Goebel, Makenzie Smith); Gloversville 6 (Harmony Philo 5, Madde Jones).

By Paul Wager

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