JOHNSTOWN — In a season when the focus has been on rebuilding, Johnstown girls’ basketball coach Brandon Hillier has been focusing on improvement.
The Lady Bills scored a season-high 29 points Monday in a Foothills Council matinee at Johnstown High School in a 66-29 loss to Hudson Falls.
“This was a good boost for our program,” Hillier said. “Overall, I think we did some good things today that we can build on for the rest of the year.”
Seneca Williamson led Hudson Falls with 16 points, while Mya Nolan had 14 points. Madalyn Dudley and Jerusha Fairbanks also hit double digits for the Tigers, scoring 10 points each.
“These games are a good learning experience,” Hudson Falls coach Rob Tefft said. “Mentally it’s tough to get ready to play an afternoon game on a Monday. I think we responded well. We’re continuing to grow.”
Julieanna Hisert scored a game-high 17 points to lead Johnstown, an effort that included four 3-pointers. Claire Anderson added eight points for the Lady Bills.
“She was on fire today,” Hillier said of Hisert.
Early in Monday’s contest, it was the Hudson Falls’ offense that was on fire as the Tigers scored the first 13 points of the game on their way to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.
Dudley scored seven points in the opening quarter for Hudson Falls, while Nolan had six. Hisert accounted for all six of Johnstown’s first-quarter points with a pair of 3-pointers.
“We worked together real well today. We made a lot of nice passes,” said Tefft, who picked up his 300th career win Saturday when Hudson Falls topped Cambridge 50-33. “We were able to get a lot of good shots.”
Hudson Falls continued its momentum into the second quarter, opening the frame with a 20-0 run. The Tigers outscored Johnstown 27-11 in the quarter to take a 46-11 lead at the half.
“If it wasn’t for them catching fire in the second quarter, it would have been a little closer,” Hillier said. “It’s basketball. It’s a game of runs.”
Nolan and Williamson each had six points in the second quarter for Hudson Falls.
In the second half, Hudson Falls outscored the Lady Bills 20-18 to seal the 66-29 victory.
Hisert scored eight points in the third quarter for Johnstown, which trailed 57-19 with eight minutes left to play.
In the fourth quarter, Anderson scored eight of Johnstown’s 10 points as the Lady Bills outscored the Tigers 10-9 in the final frame.
Hudson Falls (8-5 overall, 4-4 Foothills) is slated to host Broadalbin-Perth on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“They’ve got a young squad and they’re working hard to improve,” Tefft said. “We were able to work on some things today that will help us going forward.”
Johnstown (0-11 overall, 0-8 Foothills) is scheduled to host Amsterdam on Thursday at 7 p.m.
“We did a good job today of finding the open spots and getting good shots,” Hillier said. “It’s little things like that we’re working on. We want to have small growth every single day.”
Hudson Falls 19 27 11 9 — 66
Johnstown 6 5 8 10 — 29
Hudson Falls scoring: Bigelow 3-0-6, Nolan 7-0-14, Williamson 6-1-16, Dudley 3-4-10, Fairbanks 5-0-10, Johnson 1-1-3, Potvin 3-0-7. Johnstown scoring: Hisert 6-1-17, Hall 1-0-2, Trajlinek 1-0-2, Anderson 3-0-8. Team totals: Hudson Falls 28-6-66. Johnstown 11-1-29.