BROADALBIN - When Kaitlin Wood got hot, the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots were finally able to gain some separation from the Middleburgh Lady Knights.
Wood scored 12 of her game-high 24 points during a four-minute stretch over the third and fourth quarters as the Lady Patriots picked up a 50-36 win over Middleburgh in a non-league girls basketball game Monday night.
"Kaitlin Wood started to get hot from outside and when she hit two or three of them, that set the tone for the rest of the game," Broadalbin-Perth coach Michael Magliocca said.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kaitlin Wood shoots over Middleburgh’s Amanda Roney (25) and Kathleen Green (33) during Monday’s non-league girls basketball game at Broadalbin-Perth High School in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
Wood's spinning layup with 52 seconds remaining gave Broadalbin-Perth a 30-24 lead, but Middleburgh's Taylor Cater hit a jumper with 39 seconds left to cut the lead to four points.
But with a change in defense came an offensive spurt that sealed the victory for the Patriots and helped get the Lady Knights (0-1 overall), who hung around for three quarters off the Lady Patriots' heels.
"We switched to a man in the fourth quarter," Magliocca said. "I really like our man defense how we play it. The problem with the man was we got outrebounded. That's why I tried to play a zone earlier and we just weren't rotating enough on the zone. We were getting wide-open 3-pointers. To their credit, they were hitting them all game long."
Then in the fourth quarter, the Lady Patriots (1-0 overall) found ways to grab defensive rebounds and turn that into offense.
Kylie Gifford grabbed a rebound, ending Middleburgh's first possession and Wood knocked down a 3-pointer. Then Rachel Orapello's defensive rebound gave her an opportunity for a jumper with 6:56 left in the quarter. Suddenly, Broadalbin-Perth was leading by nine points.
"We were only down four going into halftime, they really beat us badly on our defensive rebounds," Middleburgh coach Greg Johns said. "They're not big. We're not very big. They're very similar to what we are."
About a minute later, Wood knocked down a pair of free throws, giving the Lady Patriots an 11-point lead.
Middleburgh's Kiera Morgan hit a layup to close the gap to nine points, but Wood hit another 3-pointer, opening a 12-point lead with 5:12 remaining in the game.
"I think we got a little bit tired," Johns said. "We're not really that deep. I think that plays a part in it. We had to play a really hard defense and a couple of my better shooters didn't really get going because their legs were tired from playing hard defense."
Morgan finished with 16 points in the game and scored the Lady Knights' final points of the game with a 3-pointer.
While the Lady Patriots had the lead all game, Magliocca said they had opportunities to take a larger lead early and had trouble converting layups in the first three quarters.
"We had opportunity of seven or eight fast breaks and we missed layups," Magliocca said. "We make those layups the next thing you know, instead of a four-point game, it becomes a 12-point game and it's a total different situation. Offensively we're not good enough to miss those easy shots."
Wood was central to the Lady Patriots' offense Monday night with her 24 points and junior guard Katie Herba added 12 points. Seven different Lady Patriots scored in the game.
"If they're open, they're going to have to shoot it," Magliocca said. "They're going to open, especially when we get deeper into the year and they're doubling and tripling Kaitlin Wood. That's why I think we're going to be a little bit better offensively. Katie Herba, you saw sparks from her and opening up a little bit, taking control at the end of the game."
Broadalbin-Perth 50, Middleburgh 36
Middleburgh7 9 10 10 - 36
Broadalbin-Perth6 14 10 20 - 50
Roney 2-0-4, Morgan 5-2-16, Ryan 2-0-4, Wood 1-0-2, Cater 2-0-4, Paser 3-0-6. Totals: 15-2-36.
Orapello 2-0-4, Magliocca 1-0-2, Herba 5-2-12, Wood 6-10-24, Traver 1-0-2, Gifford 1-0-2, Dickson 2-0-4. Totals: 18-12-50.
3-point goals: Middleburgh 4 (Morgan 4); Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Wood 2).