Philo scores 37 to lead Gloversville over Johnstown

PHOTOGRAPHER:
Gloversville’s Harmony Philo (10) drives to the hoop while under pressure from Johnstown’s Abby VandeWalker (12), Jaden Wilson (1) and Sarah Pratt (3) during Foothills Council action Tuesday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — Harmony Philo made her final game against the Johnstown Lady Bills a memorable one.

The Queens College-bound senior connected on seven of her 10 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in a game-high 37-point performance to lead Gloversville to a 68-55 Foothills Council victory over Johnstown Tuesday night at Gloversville High School.

“That was one of the best games I have seen a girl play,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “I thought we scored enough points to win and we defended well, but she shoots the ball in zero space with unbelievable range. She didn’t miss. She had an unbelievable game. You can’t overcome that. We needed her to have an average game.”

Philo set the tone for her game early in the first quarter, hitting her first three 3-point attempts; however, Jaden Wilson provided an answer for the Lady Bills, netting nine points to help Johnstown hold a 16-14 edge at the end of the opening quarter.

Gloversville tied the game early in the second quarter but a 9-0 run by the Lady Bills midway through the period gave the Lady Bills a 30-22 advantage.

Daley Jo Christman broke the run, finishing off a fast break with 2:44 left in the opening half. Christman’s layup started a 12-1 run by Gloversville to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room at the break.

Gloversville opened the second half with a 3-pointer from Philo and Kendra Lavery finishing a fast break to extend its lead to 39-31 before Derwin called a quick time out to settle his team down.

The Lady Bills responded with Wilson and Sarah Pratt hitting back-to-back baskets before Philo answered with consecutive baskets to maintain the eight-point advantage.

Wilson then hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to five.

Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy called a quick time out after the Lady Dragons committed three turnovers in their last five trips down the court.

“We just got them to pay attention to our defensive awareness and also possession of the ball,” she said. “We don’t have to push the ball up the court if we don’t have numbers. Sometimes we get into the routine of pushing the ball up the court and when we really need to regroup and get better looks at the basket.”

Trailing 47-39 heading into the final quarter, the Lady Bills chipped away at the Gloversville lead, cutting it to five points, 47-42 on free throws from Meghan Mraz and Anna Lee before the Lady Dragons started a decisive 9-1 run started with a three-point play from Lavery to pull away for the 68-55 victory.

Wilson led Johnstown with 21 points, while Lee finished with 11 and Mraz added 10 points off the bench.

“Offensively that was one of our better games,” Derwin said. “We had good flow, made baskets and scored in the mid-50s. We had a game plan and did a good job executing it.”

The Lady Bills were 12-for-24 from the free-throw line, while Gloversville made 13 of 14 attempts from the stripe.

Philo finished with 37 points including seven 3-pointers and a 6-for-6 effort from the free-throw line, while Lavery was 4-for-4 from the stripe in her 14-point effort. Christman finished with eight points, while Maddie Avery had five and Alecea Jones and Katie Hastings chipped in with two points apiece.

“Harmony really went off tonight. Her range was just impeccable,” D’Arcy said. “Getting her the looks we want to get her in a game is important for us and she was able to create with assists when she wasn’t open. She was really unstoppable tonight.”

Gloversville will look to continue building momentum heading into postseason play when the Lady Dragons host Broadalbin-Perth Thursday before closing out the regular season on the road at Hudson Falls.

Johnstown is looking to better their seed in the postseason tournament with a key game against Hudson Falls on Thursday before closing out its regular season against league-leading Queensbury on Monday.

“Hudson Falls on Thursday is a pretty important Class B matchup,” Derwin said. “It would really help us to win that because we will have beaten them twice this year and then we have Queensbury on Monday night and they are a tough nut to crack.”

Gloversville 68, Johnstown 55

Johnstown 16 15 8 16 — 55

Gloversville 14 20 13 21 — 68

Johnstown

Wilson 9-1-21, Pratt 2-0-4, Lee 2-6-11, VandeWalker 1-2-4, Sasaki 2-0-4, Tesi 0-1-1, Mraz 3-2-10. Totals: 19-12-55.

Gloversville

Christman 4-0-8, A. Jones 1-0-2, Philo 12-6-37, Avery 1-3-5, Lavery 5-4-14, Hastings 1-0-2. Totals: 24-13-68.

3-point goals: Johnstown 5 (Jaden Wilson 2, Meghan Mraz 2, Anna Lee); Gloversville 7 (Harmony Philo 7).

MVAC

Johnsburg 63, Wells 44

NORTH CREEK — Sierra Mauro connected for 23 points and Jonni Stuart added 10 for Wells but it was not enough as the Lady Indians fell to Johnsburg in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference action Tuesday at Johnsburg High School.

Johnsburg got a game-high 31-point performance from Khaleah Cleveland, while Sydney Selleck hit for 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Charlize Bernard added 11 points for the Jaguars. Cleveland also had 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Johnsburg 63, Wells 44

Wells 5 16 10 13 — 44

Johnsburg 21 8 16 18 — 63

Wells

Johnson 1-1-3, Stuart 5-0-10, Robinson 2-0-4, O’Rourke 1-0-2, Scribner 1-0-2, Mauro 9-5-23. Totals: 19-6-44.

Johnsburg

Stevens 1-1-3, Bernard 4-3-11, Selleck 7-0-15, Dunbar 0-1-1, Allen 1-0-2, Cleveland 11-5-31. Totals: 24-10-63.

3-point goals: Wells — none; Johnsburg 5 (Khaleah Cleveland, Sydney Selleck).

By Paul Wager

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