FONDA - In the second half of Friday night's Colonial Council girls basketball game, Fonda-Fultonville out hustled, outshot, outrebounded and outscored Cobleskill-Richmondville.
Despite outscoring the Bulldogs 34-24 in the second half, the Lady Braves could not overcome a lackluster first-half performance as they fell to Cobleskill-Richmondville, 58-53, at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
"It was 17-2 against Schalmont and you can't recover from that," Fonda-Fultonville coach Wendi Waters said. "Tonight it was 17-5 it just took us out of the game you can't have starts like that. I am proud of the way they came back but the teams in this league make you pay for everything. Any little mistake like a slow start, they are going to capitalize on it. It is frustrating because I know we are capable of more."
Fonda-Fultonville’s Jeananna Warner (22) battles with Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Erica Tracy (25) for an offfensive rebound during Friday night’s Colonial Council game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Bulldogs established control of the game early in the opening quarter, forcing turnovers by the Fonda-Fultonville ball handlers. C-R capitalized on the turnovers to build a 17-5 first quarter lead.
The Bulldogs stretched the advantage to 29-5 with 12 unanswered points. Emily Frollo broke the Fonda-Fultonville scoring drought with her basket with 4:28 left in the opening half.
The Lady Braves held the Bulldogs to three points, all from the free-throw line, over the final four minutes of the period. Emily Parslow delivered seven points in the final two minutes of the period to close the gap to 34-19 at the half.
The Lady Braves came out of the locker room rejuvenated and immediately went to work on the Cobleskill-Richmondville lead.
Frollo opened the Lady Braves' third-quarter scoring with a 3-pointer, but Cobleskill-Richmondville answered with six unanswered points to stretch its lead to 20, 42-22.
Fonda-Fultonville picked up its intensity on defense, pressing the Bulldogs from baseline to baseline, forcing turnovers and allowing only three points, again from the foul line, over the final four minutes.
Meanwhile, the Lady Braves chipped away at the Bulldogs' lead with Jeananna Warner putting up four points and grabbing key defensive rebounds to help trim the lead to 45-34 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The tenacious Fonda-Fultonville defense again limited the Bulldogs' scoring from the field as Hannah Dibble hit twice from the field in the period for C-R's only field goals.
However, the press sent the Bulldogs' to the line 19 times in the quarter and they converted on nine of the attempts. The aggressive defense also cost Fonda-Fultonville as Cassandra Egelston and Taylor Wetsky fouled out with just more than three minutes to play.
Parslow found her range from behind the arc in the closing minutes, nailing three 3-pointers to go with one from Frollo. The duo also added five points from the free-throw line to the Bulldogs' lead from 12 to five before time ran out.
"We were supposed to be pressing like that in the first half," Waters said. "We didn't change anything they just did it in the second half. I wish I had an answer to get them to play hard for four quarters. Tuesday night against Voorheesville they played their hearts out. That was the best I have seen a team of mine play since the Mechanicville game last year. They played hard the entire game."
Parslow led the Lady Braves with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Frollo finished with 15 points, while Warner pulled down 11 rebounds to go with four points.
"Parslow was sick. That was all heart," Waters said. "Obviously, I am proud of the way they played in the second half. They could have given up but they chose to play their hearts out."
Dibble finished with 15 points for the Bulldogs (3-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial Council), while Erica Tracy joined her in double-figures with 10.
Fonda-Fultonville (3-2 overall, 1-2 Colonial Council) return to their home court Tuesday for a league game against Cohoes.
Cobleskill-Richmondville 58, Fonda-Fultonville 53
Cobleskill-Richmondville17 17 11 13 - 58
Fonda-Fultonville5 14 15 19 - 53
Billington 2-0-4, Dibble 5-5-15, Kiser 5-5-16, Loder 2-0-5, Pacatte 0-1-1, Pickett 2-2-7, Tracy 3-4-10. Totals 19-17-58.
Derby 0-1-1, Frollo 4-5-15, Parslow 8-5-26, Subik 2-1-5, Warner 2-0-4, Wetsky 1-0-2. Totals 17-12-53.
3-point goals: Cobleskill-Richmondville 3 (Kiser, Loder, Pickett); Fonda-Fultonville 7 (Parslow 5, Frollo 2).