Lady Falcons advance in Class D sectionals

Northville’s Grace Forsey (11) dribbles past North Warren’s Lauren Monroe (3) during Friday’s Section II Class D first-round game at Northville High School.(The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

NORTHVILLE — In the postseason, surviving and advancing are all that matters.

The Northville girls basketball team did both Friday.

The sixth-seeded Lady Falcons survived a two-point third quarter and advanced with a 41-37 over 11th-seeded North Warren in a Section II Class D first-round contest at Northville High School.

“A win is a win. The girls worked hard and earned it,” said Justin Frederick, who is normally the Northville junior varsity coach, but filled in for varsity coach Gene Frasier who was unable to attend the game.

Jaycee Frasier came off the bench to score 13 points to lead Northville, while Kerrigan Groff added 10 points.

Jodi Bartlett scored 10 points to lead North Warren, which finished its season with a 3-17 overall record.

The Lady Falcons got out of the gates quickly Friday, outscoring the Cougars 11-2 over the first five minutes.

Groff picked up two quick fouls in the first 2:11 of the game, sending her to the bench as Jaycee Frasier came in and provided a spark.

“We were trying to monitor her foul trouble as best we could,” Frederick said of Groff. “Jaycee did a nice job for us tonight.”

Jaycee Frasier scored six points in the first quarter for the Lady Falcons, who took a 13-8 lead into the second quarter.

Northville, which has won four of its last five games, pushed its lead to 19-8 with a 6-2 burst to start the second quarter.

Groff scored the first six points of the quarter for the Lady Falcons, who led by as many as 13 points before North Warren scored the final five points of the first half to trail 25-17 at the break.

The Cougars carried their late first-half momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Northville 16-2 to take a 33-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

Bartlett scored six of her 10 points in the quarter for North Warren.

“I was impressed with how we played in three of the four quarters tonight,” Frederick said. “As long as the girls remained hungry, I knew we could pull this out.”

Northville steadily chipped away at its deficit to start the final quarter, outscoring the Cougars 6-1 to pull within 34-33 with 4:40 to play.

Kiki LaGuerre made it 36-33 with a basket for North Warren with 4:15 to play.

That would be the final field goal of the night allowed by the Lady Falcons, who closed the game with an 8-1 run to earn the 41-27 victory.

Northville also survived an 8-for-18 effort from the free throw line in the final quarter. The Lady Falcons were just 14-for-28 from the line for the game.

“We found a way to pull out the win,” Frederick said.

Northville (11-10 overall) will face third-seeded Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the Class D quarterfinals Tuesday at Argyle High School at 6 p.m. In their regular-season meeting, the Lady Falcons posted a 50-39 home victory Feb. 4 over the Golden Knights, who are the defending Section II Class D champions.

The winner will face either second-seeded Argyle (14-6 overall) or seventh-seeded Whitehall (11-10 overall) in the semifinals March 2 at Ballston Spa High School at 6 p.m.

Northville 41, North Warren 37

North Warren 8 9 16 4 — 37

Northville 13 12 2 14 — 41

North Warren

Monroe 2-1-5, Bartlett 2-4-10, Kramer 2-0-6, Buckman 2-3-8, Buttino 3-0-6, LaGuerre 1-0-2. Totals 12-8-37.

Northville

Frasier 5-3-13, Forsey 1-0-3, Moore 2-4-8, Groff 3-4-10, Mackey 0-2-2, Biche 2-1-5. Totals 13-14-41.

3-point goals: North Warren 5 (Bartlett 2, Kramer 2, Buckman); Northville 1 (Forsey).

Class D

Whitehall 44, Loudonville Christian 20

Loudonville Christian 9 2 4 5 — 20

Whitehall 9 12 9 14 — 44

Loudonville Christian

Househoulder 4-0-10, Paddock 2-2-6, Ralston 2-0-4. Totals: 8-2-20.

Whitehall

Bird 2-1-5, Eggleston 8-5-23, Gould 2-0-5, Howland 2-0-4, Smith 3-0-6, Whiting 0-1-1. Totals: 17-7-44.

3-point goals: Loudonville Christian 2 (Skyler Househoulder 2); Whitehall 3 (Zoe Eggleston 2, Madi Gould).

Saratoga Central Catholic 48, Heatly 28

Saratoga Central Catholic 15 13 12 8 — 48

Heatly 6 7 4 11 — 28

Saratoga Central Catholic

Cronin 4-1-10, Dempsey 1-0-2, Maher 2-0-4, McKenna 1-0-2, Motler 1-0-2, O’Reilly 6-1-13, Upson 4-1-9, Wengert 2-2-6. Totals: 21-5-48.

Heatly

Diaz 4-0-11, Hope 0-2-2, Ries 5-2-12, Seeloff 0-3-3. Totals: 9-7-28.

3-point goals: Saratoga Central Catholic 1 (katie Cronin); Heatly 3 (Olivia Diaz 3).

Class A

Troy 58, Emma Willard 24

Emma Willard 5 4 8 7 — 24

Troy 15 14 13 16 — 58

Emma Willard

Raju 1-0-2, Shields 3-1-7, Zahnleuter 2-3-8.

Troy

Alarcon 7-2-16, Bertrand 2-0-6, Brammer 1-0-2, Brown 3-1-7, Chapman 2-0-4, Dewer 2-2-6, George 1-1-3, Holmes 4-2-13, Mulinio 0-1-1. Totals: 22-9-58.

3-point goals: Emma Willard 1 (Molly Zahnieuter); Troy 5 (Alaina Holmes 3, Genevieve Bertrand 2).

Class AA

Guilderland 54, Columbia 46

Columbia 12 9 13 12 — 46

Guilderland 11 15 15 13 — 54

Columbia

Angelo 1-0-3, Bissailon 4-2-13, Filien 7-3-18, Kelly 0-2-2, Phillips 2-3-7, Scarano 1-1-3. Totals: 15-11-46.

Guilderland

Dubin 2-1-6, Fontenelle-Posson 12-11-39, Gitto 2-1-6, Waldron 1-1-3. Totals: 17-1454.

3-point goals: Columbia 5 (Sophie Bissailon 3, Ashley Angelo, Lauren Filien); Guilderland 6 (Valencia Fontenelle-Posson 4, Graycen Dubin, Bella Gitto).

Bethlehem 61, Catholic Central 29

Catholic Central 1 8 8 12 — 29

Bethlehem 13 9 17 22 — 61

Catholic Central

Drake 1-0-2, Giuliano 1-3-5, Graber 3-1-7, Mattfeld 5-1-13, Pratt 1-0-2. Totals: 11-5-29.

Bethlehem

Black 1-0-2, Cerf 4-0-11, Cicek 2-0-4, Harvey 3-0-7, Hutton 1-0-2, Lauridas 4-4-12, Maney 1-1-3, Mullen 4-0-9, Murray 1-0-2, Wise 3-3-9. Totals: 24-8-61.

3-point goals: Catholic Central 2 (Sarah Mattfeld 2); Bethlehem 5 (Ellie Cerf 3, Julia Harvey, Liz Mullen).

By Paul Wager

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