Lady Braves rout Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Fonda-Fultonville’s Lyndsay Lombardoni (0) is challenged by Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Taylor Meacham as she chases down a rebound during Friday’s Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Lady Braves played host to the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Bulldogs Friday night in a clash between division leaders in the Western Athletic Conference.

After trailing early, the Lady Braves got on track and rolled to a 59-34 victory to stay unbeaten in league play.

“We’ve been talking all year about playing 32 minutes and I think we did that,” Fonda-Fultonville Head Coach Flip Boshart said. “I thought we played really hard tonight and we executed well.”

The Bulldogs took advantage of some Lady Braves mistakes and jumped out to a quick lead when Reagan Smith made a lay-up and Taylor Meacham scored and was fouled. She made the free throw and the Bulldogs led 5 – 0.

Carly Atty drained a 3-pointer and Coach Boshart immediately called a time out.

“That time out was just a ‘get right’ thing,” Boshart said. “We had made a couple of turnovers and some other little things. We just needed to ‘clean it up’.”

After the time out, the Lady Braves responded with a basket and a free throw from Lyndsay Lombardoni and a basket and a 3-pointer from Abby Lombardoni to complete an 11-0 run and hold the Bulldogs scoreless for over five minutes.

Alexis Wright ended the Bulldog scoreless streak with a foul shot at the 2:27 mark.

Abby Lombardoni added another 3-point basket before Wright got the ball down low and scored to make it 14- 8 at the end of the first quarter.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo started the second quarter with a basket and a free throw from Wright to cut the lead to three.

The two teams traded baskets as Lyndsay Lombardoni scored for Fonda-Fultonville and Wright answered with a fast break basket.

Avery Cusack made a foul shot and a minute later Marilyn Whitcavitch nailed a 3-pointer from the corner putting her team up by seven.

Wright managed a steal and drove the length of the court to lay it in for the Bulldogs but Lyndsay Lombardoni put back a rebound and Atty hit a quick 3-pointer to extend the Lady Braves lead to 10 with two minutes remaining in the half.

The Bulldogs got baskets from Smith and Grace Tymchyn, while Lyndsay Lombardoni added a free throw and Whitcavitch scored down low to send the Lady Braves into the locker room with a 28-19 lead.

Fonda-Fultonville carried their momentum into the third quarter as they outscored the Bulldogs 16-9.

Meacham got Berne-Knox-Westerlo on the board first with a basket. Atty made a steal and dribbled the full length of the court for a lay-up for the Lady Braves. Wright scored again for the Bulldogs but Abby Lombardoni made a free throw and a 3-pointer and Quincy Lake put back a rebound to help stretch the lead to 13.

A 3-point basket from Wright was answered with back-to-back 3’s from Atty and Kyla Smith and another drive down the lane for a lay-up by Lake.

Wright managed to add another basket for the Bulldogs to close out the scoring in the third period, making the score 44-28.

The Lady Braves continued to run away from the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter.

Wright scored first again for Berne-Knox-Westerlo but Fonda-Fultonville got another pair of back-to-back 3-pointers from Atty and Cusack.

The Bulldogs got a quick basket from Hailey Lawrence and the Lady Braves responded when Whitcavitch scored and Smith added a pair of free throws to open the lead to a 22-point margin.

Meacham made the final basket for the Bulldogs with 3:37 left in the game, while the Lady Braves ended their scoring with one more 3-point basket from Atty and a 10-foot jumper by Abby Lombardoni to make the final score 59-34.

After the game, coach Boshart was proud of his team’s performance against the Bulldogs.

“Berne-Knox-Westerlo is a great team. They’re state ranked and they’re talented,” he said.

Wright led all scorers in the game with 19 points for the Bulldogs.

The Lady Braves, (14-2 overall, 11-0 WAC), were led by Atty with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Abby Lombardoni with 14 points.

Fonda-Fultonville 59, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 34

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 8 11 9 6 — 34

Fonda-Fultonville 14 14 16 15 — 59


Tymchyn 1-0-2; Lawrence 1-0-2; Meacham 3-1-7; Wright 8-2-19; Smith 2-0-4. Totals: 15-3-34.


Lyndsay Lombardoni 3-2-8; Smith 1-2-5; Atty 6-0-17; Cusack 1-1-4; Whitcavitch 3-0-7; Lake 2-0-4; Abby Lombardoni 5-1-14. Totals: 21-6-59.

3-point goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo 1 (Alexis Wright); Fonda-Fultonville 11 (Carly Atty 5, Abby Lombardoni 3, Kyla Smith, Avery Cusack, Marilyn Whitcavitch).

Schoharie 64, Mayfield 57

SCHOHARIE — Hannah Cater scored 35 points as Schoharie held off Mayfield for the Western Athletic Conference victory Friday night at Schoharie High School.

Alyssa Vangasbeck added 13 points for the Lady Indians, while Julie Lehoe had five and Haley Drinon chipped in with four.

Kelsey Meca led Mayfield with 21 points, while Lindsey Hampton had 14 and Cloey Dopp finished with 11 points.

Schoharie 64, Mayfield 57

Mayfield 14 5 21 17 — 57

Schoharie 16 13 15 20 — 64


K. Agerter 0-1-1, Dopp 4-0-11, Hampton 5-3-14, Hubiak 2-2-8, Meca 8-3-21, Yuret 0-2-2. Totals: 19-11-57.


Abdur-Rashid 1-0-2, Cater 14-5-35, Cater-Smith 1-0-2, Drinon 1-1-4, E. Lehoe 1-0-3, J. Lehoe 1-2-5, Vangasbeck 5-3-13. Totals: 24-11-64.

3-point goals: Mayfield 8 (Cloey Dopp 3, Brianna Hubiak 2, Kelsey Meca 2, Lindsey Hampton); Schoharie 5 (Hannah Cater 2, Haley Drinon, Emily Lehoe, Julie Lehoe).

Bishop Gibbons 44, Galway 30

SCHENECTADY — Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons used a 15-2 run in the second quarter to break open a tight game and pick up the Western Athletic Conference victory Friday.

Saige Randolph led Bishop Gibbons with 13 points, while Ayanna Jackson had 12 points and Marissa Correra finished with six.

Aila Bishop led Galway with eight points, while Ryan Ripepi had seven and Isabella Mancini finished with six points for the Golden Eagles.

Bishop Gibbons 44, Galway 30

Galway 8 2 12 8 — 30

Bishop Gibbons 9 15 11 9 — 44


Bishop 4-0-8, Mancini 3-0-6, Reichard 0-1-1, Ripepi 3-0-7, Spadaro 1-1-4, Wnuk 2-0-4. Totals: 13-2-30.

Bishop Gibbons

Correra 3-0-6, Jackson 4-2-12, Kienzle 2-0-5, Randolph 5-3-13, Relyea 2-0-4, VanAuken 1-2-4. Totals: 17-7-44.

3-point goals: Galway 2 (Ryan Ripepi, Emma Spadaro); Bishop Gibbons 3 (Ayanna Jackson 2, Meaghan Kienzie).

Mekeel Christian 88, Duanesburg 37

SCOTIA — Mikayla Mitchell and Avery Mills combined for 49 points to lead Mekeel Christian Academy to victory Friday night.

Mitchell finished with 28 points, while Mills hit for 21 and Jillian Ballard chipped in with 16 points for the Lions.

Madison Meyer led Duanesburg with 16 points, while Allison O’Hanlon finished with 10 points and Olivia Ruth and Alexandra Moses added six points apiece to go with three points from Hannah Mulhern.

Mekeel Christian Academy 88, Duanesburg 37

Duanesburg 5 9 13 10 — 37

Mekeel Christian Academy 18 21 26 23 — 88


Meyer 5-2-12, Moses 2-1-6, Mulhern 0-3-3, O’Hanlon 4-1-10, Ruth 2-2-6. Totals: 13-9-37.

Mekeel Christian Academy

Ballard 8-0-16, Davis 2-5-10, Elwell 1-0-3, Galarneau 1-0-2, Mills 7-5-21, M. Mitchell 11-5-28, P. Mitchell 4-0-8. Totals: 34-15-88.

3-point goals: Duanesburg 2 (Alex Moses, Allison O’Hanlon); Mekeel Christian Academy 5 (Avery Mills 2, Mikayla Mitchell, Andie Elwell, Maraya Davis).

Center State Conference

Dolgeville 51, Herkimer 32

HERKIMER — Hannah Stack put together a double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds and added five blocks to lead Dolgeville to victory over Herkimer Friday night at Herkimer High School.

Kerisa VanOlst and Ryanne Williams chipped in with six points apiece for the Lady Blue Devils.

Marion Leskovar led Herkimer with 13 points and Charity Dygert had 10 and Taylor Smith added seven to go with two points from Ariel Bell.

Dolgeville 51, Herkimer 32

Dolgeville 18 16 10 7 — 51

Herkimer 8 7 11 6 — 32


Stack 12-4-29, VanOlst 3-0-8, A. Williams 1-0-2, Morris 1-0-2, R. Williams 3-0-6, Kenyon 1-0-2, Frasier 1-0-2. Totals: 22-4-51.


Bell 0-2-2, Dygert 5-0-10, Leskavar 6-0-13, Smith 3-0-7. Totals: 14-2-32.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 3 (Kerisa VanOlst 2, Hannah Stack); Herkimer 2 (Marion Leskavar, Taylor Smith)


Canajoharie 47, Fort Plain 19

CANAJOHARIE — Angelina Clark came off the bench to score 12 points and lead Canajoharie to a non-league victory over Fort Plain Friday night at Canajoharie High School.

Kymberly Terwilliger chipped in with 10 points and Monica Hartlieb had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Erin Crouse led Fort Plain with eight points, while Sarah Florian had 16 rebounds to go with six points.

Canajoharie 47, Fort Plain 19

Fort Plain 2 8 1 8 — 19

Canajoharie 13 13 13 8 — 47

Fort Plain

Page 0-1-1, Crouse 3-2-8, Herron 1-0-2, Florian 3-0-6, Vanasse 1-0-2. Totals: 8-3-19.


Sala 0-2-2, Yacobucci 1-0-3, Hartlieb 3-0-8, Fowler 1-0-2, Rebello 0-1-1, Terwilliger 4-0-10, Keaney 2-1-5, Rickard 1-2-4, Clark 6-0-12. Totals: 18-6-47.

3-point goals: Fort Plain none; Canajoharie 5 (Monica Hartlieb 2, Kymberly Terwilliger 2, Taya Yacobucci).

By Paul Wager

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