BROADALBIN - Building on its victory over Albany Leadership, the Broadalbin-Perth girls basketball team controlled the first half its Foothills Council opener against Queensbury.
However, the depth of the Queensbury bench and strong inside play from Jillian Davis proved to be too much as the Spartans rallied to defeat the Lady Patriots 60-43 Thursday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
"They are a deep team and they wore us down a little bit," Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Magliocca said. "We played a great first half today; we just need to put a full game together. Actually we didn't play bad in the third quarter either. The fourth quarter we just had some crazy fouls away from the basket and put them in the bonus and I don't think they missed."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kaitlin Wood (23) looks to pass the ball while under pressure from Queensbury’s Jillian Davis (22) and Katelyn Shevlin (10) during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
With Katie Herba leading the way, the Lady Patriots jumped out to a quick start over unbeaten Queensbury.
Herba connected for eight first-quarter points off slashing drives to the hoop against the Spartans' defense to take an 11-10 advantage.
Kaitlin Wood found her range from the outside in the second quarter, connecting on a 3-pointer to add eight first-half points to Herba's 12 first-half points to give B-P a solid five-point lead at the break, 26-21.
"The girls worked very hard. I was thrilled to death with how they played in the first half," Magliocca said. "We went into the locker room and I had to bring them down a little bit because they were on such a high. We talked about some of the mistakes we made at the end of the half where we could have been up by nine or 10. When we have that chance to be up by double figures we have to take it."
The Spartans fought back in the third quarter getting the ball inside to 6-foot junior forward Jillian Davis and stepping up their high-intensity pressing defense.
Davis responded with 11 third-quarter points, while the Spartans' defense hounded the B-P ball handlers.
The Lady Patriots maintained their advantage with the help of a 3-pointer by Wood with 1:25 left in the period for a 37-33 lead. Davis delivered five points, including a three-point play with just more than 3 seconds left in the period to give Queensbury its first lead of the game, 38-37.
"We finally got our intensity back," Queensbury coach Megan Bethel said. "We are a defensive-minded team and we just picked it up from the beginning of the second half. I told them [at halftime] to play our game. We were lackadaisical in the first half and weren't playing hard and we need to play hard every day. They responded and came back playing hard."
The pace of play in the second half and depth of the Queensbury bench took its toll on the B-P players in the fourth quarter as Queensbury outscored the Lady Patriots 22-6 in the final eight minutes with Wood scoring all six of Broadalbin-Perth's points with three free throws and a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the game.
"I am very happy with the performance, just not the outcome," Magliocca said. "We had the game going the way we wanted it to go, we just got wore down. They pressured Herba and kept the ball out of her hands in the second half and they were getting three or four shots at a time and we weren't."
Wood finished the game with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds, while Herba added 15 points to the Lady Patriots scoring attack.
Davis connected for 19 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, while Lindsay Gillingham also finished in double-figures with 10 for the Spartans (4-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills).
"She scores 20 points every time we play her," Magliocca said of Davis. "She is a heck of a player and they did a nice job posting her up down low and getting her the ball. The second half we just weren't getting to her quick enough."
The Lady Patriots (2-1 overall, 0-1 Foothills) return to action Monday night when they travel to Scotia to take on the Lady Tartans.
Queensbury 60, Broadalbin-Perth 43
Queensbury10 11 17 22 - 60
Broadalbin-Perth12 14 11 6 - 43
Carota 3-1-7, Davis 12-3-27, Gillingham 3-3-10, McAllister 3-2-8, Nelson 2-0-4, A. Rodriguez 0-2-2, Rodriguez 1-0-2. Totals: 24-11-60.
Dickson 1-0-2, Gifford 0-1-1, Herba 6-3-15, Orapello 2-0-4, Wood 6-6-21. Totals: 15-10-43.
3-point goals: Queensbury 1 (Gillingham); Broadalbin-Perth 3 (Wood 3).