JOHNSTOWN - Scotia-Glenville's Cassie Broadhead went to the free-throw line six times in the last two minutes of Monday's Foothills Council girls basketball game.
It's what the Tartans wanted, but not what the Lady Bills wanted as Broadhead knocked down all six shots. The first erased Johnstown's lead and the remaining led Scotia-Glenville to a 44-36 win in the league opener for both teams.
"I liked the way we carried ourselves," Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. "We battled right to the end. I think we got in foul trouble. We sent her to the line and she's automatic. There are times when you need to foul her, but there are other times when you don't. That's one thing where we kind of need those points. That's something we've got to work on."
Johnstown’s Courtney Cirillo drives to the hoop as Scotia-Glenville’s Cassie Broadhead defends during Monday’s Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
The Lady Bills survived foul trouble during Saturday's win over the Amsterdam Lady Rams, but this time they couldn't overcome Broadhead's 30 points.
"Cassie just rises to the occasion," Scotia-Glenville coach Regan Burns said.
The Lady Bills (2-2 overall, 0-1 Foothills Council) stayed out of foul trouble in the first half, but they piled up in the second, sending the Tartans (2-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills Council) into the bonus late in the third quarter.
The eighth foul on the Lady Bills came after Brianne O'Rourke hit a layup to give Johnstown a 23-32 lead. Scotia-Glenville's Katelyn Dwyer hit both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game at 23. Hope Cerasuolo gave the Lady Bills the lead again with 23.3 seconds left in the third quarter as she converted a three-point play.
Broadhead brought the Tartans to within a point before Cirillo hit a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into the final stanza with the Lady Bills leading 28-25.
"We've had two games in a row where it's been close games on the road and our girls have stepped up and haven't backed down to the challenge," Burns said. "Fortunately, having a kid like Cassie on the floor and having the confidence to give her the basketball and get her open. Kids are doing their roles."
Broadhead pulled the Tartans to within a point 10 seconds into the fourth and Maddy Carroll added a layup to put her team ahead 29-28.
That's when the Lady Bills went on a six-point run to take a 34-29 lead, their largest of the game. Then Broadhead took over, answering with four foul shots and a spinning jumper to give the lead back to the Tartans, 35-34.
"She had 30 and the rest of the team had 13, and that was our game plan," Derwin said. "If they were going to beat us, not have her beat us. She got 30 and she beat us. Hats off to her. She's a good player. There were shots she knocked down where she was very well defended."
Cerasuolo hit both ends of a one-and-one to give Johnstown the lead again, but Broadhead put the Tartans ahead for good with two more foul shots.
"Our big thing is getting to the free-throw line and we were able to do that," Burns said. "And that was what won us the basketball game."
After Cerasuolo's free throws - with 3:37 left in the game - the Lady Bills didn't score another point and turned the ball over three times during that span.
"We had some turnovers, some travel calls and things like that," Derwin said. "It's all a learning curve. Some of these kids are young. Hope Cerasuolo is a junior and Megan Anagnostopulos is a sophomore. They're thrown into a game-situation like that - a big game - they've got to learn how to execute."
Cirillo and Cerasuolo led the Lady Bills with 10 points each.
Scotia-Glenville 43, Johnstown 36
Scotia-Glenville13 6 6 18 - 43
Johnstown6 8 14 8 - 36
Dwyer 1-2-4, Casey 1-1-3, Broadhead 8-12-30, Carroll 2-0-4, Estes 0-2-2. Totals: 12-17-43.
Cirillo 5-0-10, Cerasuolo 3-4-10, O'Rourke 2-0-4, Anagnostopulos 2-0-4, Heroth 3-2-8. Totals: 15-6-36.
3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 2 (Broadhead 2).
South Glens Falls 37, Hudson Falls 31
SOUTH GLENS FALLS - Sydney Coon scored 11 points to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council win over Hudson Falls.
Ellie Gonyeau and Nicole Sheloski each scored nine points to lead Hudson Falls (1-3 overall, 1-0 Foothills).
South Glens Falls improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Foothills Council play with the win.
South Glens Falls 37, Hudson Falls 31
Hudson Falls11 3 10 7 - 31
South Glens Falls10 11 5 11 - 37
Batchelder 0-1-1, Casey 0-3-3. Forcier 1-0-2, Girard 2-0-4, Gonyeau 4-1-9, Heym 1-0-3, Sheloski 4-1-9. Totals 12-6-31.
South Glens Falls
Smith 4-1-9, Higgins 1-2-4, Celeste 0-1-1, O'Brien 1-2-5, Coon 4-1-11, Curley 2-0-4. Totals 13-8-37.
3-point goals: Hudson Falls 1 (Heym); South Glens Falls 3 (Coon 2, O'Brien).