Lady Rams upset by Troy 55-44 in quarterfinals

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Amsterdam’s Antonia May (21) drives between Troy’s Alaina Holmes (21) and Jakaiya Dewer (23) during Section II Class A quarterfinal action Thursday at Averill Park High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AVERILL PARK — The Amsterdam Lady Rams opened their sectional game against former Big 10 rival Troy in strong fashion Thursday.

The third-seeded Lady Rams controlled the first-quarter action to build a 15-5 advantage. That all went away in the second quarter as Troy took advantage of defensive breakdowns and cold shooting by Amsterdam to go on a 21-4 run.

Amsterdam could not recover from the breakdown in time as the sixth-seeded Flying Horses maintained their advantage to defeat Amsterdam 55-44 in a Section II Class A quarterfinal game at Averill Park High School.

With the victory, Troy advances to play second-seeded Averill Park in a semfinal game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Also advancing to the Class A semifinal were top-seeded Queensbury and fourth-seeded Holy Names.

Queensbury advanced with a 67-35 victory over Hudson Falls, while Holy Names defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 40-29 and Averill Park advanced with a 78-32 victory over Mohonasen.

“We didn’t play well,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “They worked hard on taking away Toni [Antonia May]. Our man defense worked pretty well in the first quarter. Then we had defensive breakdowns and it just steamrolled. We fought back and that speaks for the character of our players. They weren’t going to lie down.”

Amsterdam started strong with May putting the first six points on the board in the opening four minutes and Andie Gannon followed with four points before Sydney Hoefs closed out the opening quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Lady Rams a 15-5 advantage.

Troy swung the momentum to their side of the court in the second quarter, capitalizing on six Amsterdam turnovers in the period for a 21-4 run to take a 26-19 lead at the break.

The Lady Rams battled back in the third quarter, cutting the lead to four points before Troy went on a 6-0 run to open the lead to 10 to take a 40-30 leading into the final quarter.

Amsterdam opened the final stanza with a 6-2 run to close the gap to six, 42-36 before the Flying Horses’ Jenalyse Alarcon got a hot hand, putting in 13 of Troy’s 15 fourth-quarter points to lock up the 55-44 upset victory.

“We missed a lot of wide-open threes [in the first half] and then in the second half we didn’t shoot well either,” Duemler said. “We got the lead down to four but couldn’t get any closer.”

Alarcon finished with a game-high 25 points for Troy, while Jakaiya Dewer had 13 points and Nadia Brown finished with nine.

May led Amsterdam with 17 points, while Gannon finished with 16 and Hoefs had nine to go with two from Rosalie Sculco.

Amsterdam finished the season with a 17-4 overall record and finished second in the Foothills Council with a 14-2 record.

The Lady Rams will graduate four senior players — Kayli Hoefs, Emily Scheufelberg, Fran DeRosa and Grace Patrei — but will return a solid core of players including Jackie Stanavich, who led the team in scoring before a knew injury sidelined her through the final month of the season.

“If they work as hard in this offseason as they did last year it is a positive,” Duemler said. “But you can’t wait until November. We will be back in the gym working in a few weeks.”

Troy 55, Amsterdam 44

Troy 5 21 14 15 — 55

Amsterdam 15 4 11 14 — 44

Troy

Alarcon 11-3-25, Brown 4-1-9, Chapman 1-0-2, Dewer 5-2-13, Holmes 2-2-6. Totals: 23-8-55.

Amsterdam

Gannon 7-2-16, S. Hoefs 4-0-9, May 6-4-17, Sculco 0-2-2. Totals: 17-8-44.

3-point goals: Troy 1 (Jakaiya Dewer); Amsterdam 2 (Sydney Hoefs, Antonia May).

Averill Park 78,

Mohonasen 32

AVERILL PARK — Six-time defending Class A champion Averill Park jumped out to a 45-12 halftime lead and cruised into the semifinals Thursday at Averill Park High School.

The second-seeded Warriors were led by Amelia Wood’s 18 points, while Anna Jankovic finished with 15 and Kelsey Wood chipped in with 14.

Breanna Lott led Mohonasen with her game-high 23 points.

Averill Park 78, Mohonasen 32

Mohonasen 6 6 7 13 — 32

Averill Park 24 21 16 17 — 78

Mohonasen

Fasolino 0-1-1, Hart 1-0-3, Lennon 0-1-1, Lott 8-5-23, Petrocci 0-1-1, Richmond 1-0-3. Totals: 10-8-32.

Averill Park

Burdick 2-0-4, Dawson 2-0-4, Gelder 0-2-2, Holohan 1-4-7, Jankovic 5-3-15, Lange 2-0-4, Lapinski 1-1-3, Lombardi 2-2-7, A. Wood 7-2-18, K. Wood 6-2-14. Totals: 28-16-78.

3-point goals: Mohonasen 4 (Breanna Lott 2, Megan Hart, Caitlyn Richmond); Averill Park 6 (Amelia Wood 2, Anna Jankovic 2, Taylor Holohan, Michelina Lombardi).

Holy Names 40,

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 29

QUEENSBURY — Mia Farley hit four 3-pointers in her game-high 16-point performance to lead the Academy of the Holy Names to victory Thursday at Queensbury High School.

Grace Field added 10 points for Holy Names, while Hailey Reyes had six points.

Callie Chevalier led Burnt Hills with seven points, while Reeghan Neary and Sarah Solomon had six points apiece.

Fourth-seeded Holy Names advances to play top-seeded Queensbury at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Holy Names 40, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 29

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 9 2 10 8 — 29

Holy Names 10 6 11 13 — 40

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Adams 1-0-2, Blesi 2-0-5, Chevalier 3-1-7, Neary 2-1-6, Solomon 2-2-6, Szcezpantak 0-2-2, Vaughn 0-1-1. Totals: 10-7-29.

Holy Names

Farley 4-4-16, Field 3-4-10, Ladopoulos 1-0-3, Reyes 2-2-6, Taylor 0-2-2. Totals: 10-12-40.

3-point goals: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 2 (Ella Blesi, Reeghan Neary); Holy Names 5 (Mia Farley 4, Lauren Ladopoulos).

Queensbury 67, Hudson Falls 35

QUEENSBURY — Foothills Council champion Queensbury outscored Hudson Falls 48-14 in the second and third quarters to advance to the Class A semifinals.

The Spartans got scoring from 10 players with Hailey Ballard leading the way with 16 points, and 10 rebounds, while Hope Sullivan had 10 points and Meghan O’Connor finished with seven rebounds, five assists and four points.

Brinley Inglee led Hudson Falls with her game-high 19 points.

Queensbury 67, Hudson Falls 35

Hudson Falls 8 7 7 13 — 35

Queensbury 9 28 20 10 — 67

Hudson Falls

Barton 1-0-2, Bigelow 1-0-2, Casey 1-0-2, Inglee 5-8-19, Osterhaudt 1-0-2, Phillips 2-0-4, Rose 1-0-3, Varney 0-1-1. Totals: 12-9-35.

Queensbury

Ballard 7-2-16, Doin 3-1-9, F. Hunt 2-3-7, K. Hunt 3-0-6, Nassivera 1-0-2, O’Connor 2-0-4, Ray 4-1-9, Ross 0-2-2, Sullivan 3-2-10, Wallace 1-0-2. Totals: 26-11-67.

3-point goals: Hudson Falls 2 (Brinley Inglee, Emma Rose); Queensbury 4 (Abby Doin 2, Hope Sullivan 2).

By Paul Wager

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