NORTHVILLE - After a week off, the Canajoharie Lady Cougars were looking to start their second trip through the Western Athletic Conference play on a positive note.
Wednesday, the Lady Cougars did that as they went on an 11-0 game-opening run and never looked back, defeating Northville 40-25 in WAC North competition at Northville High School.
"Getting off to a great start was real important after the layoff, and it felt real good," Canajoharie coach Joe Fowler said. "We were shooting for a certain number tonight and we got it. We have not put together two good halves this season. If we can put together two good halves, we are going to be OK."
Canajoharie’s Kara Schwab (3) is challenged by Northville’s Abby Moore (14) as she drives to the hoop during Wednesday’s Western Athletic Conference North?Division contest at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
After Kara Schwab connected for the first game of the basket just over 20 seconds into the game, both teams battled through two minutes of miscues, turnovers and missed scoring opportunities.
Dainara Veeder broke the scoring drought for Canajoharie with back-to-back baskets. Jenelle Dillenbeck scored on a putback and Alexis Kane hit a 3-pointer to stake Canajoharie to an 11-0 lead.
Lyndsey Wadsworth finished a strong drive through the lane to put Northville on the board with 4:25 left in the opening period. She later added a pair of free throws to close out the first quarter with the Lady Falcons trailing 13-4.
Kayla Bowerman delivered six unanswered points for the Lady Cougars at the start of the second quarter to move Canajoharie ahead 19-4 before Kelly VanNostrand hit a free throw to break the run.
Wadsworth added five points to the Lady Falcons' first-half scoring. However, the Lady Cougars carried a 27-10 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Lady Falcons staged a rally early in the third quarter, outscoring Canajoharie 8-1 and cutting the lead from 17 points down to 10, 28-18, with 1:30 left in the period.
"They picked up the intensity and did the things we have been working on in practice," Northville coach David Bush said. "They blocked out, got to their spots and made some good passes. We made a comeback, but Canajoharie is too good to give a big lead like that."
However, the Lady Cougars closed out the period with five unanswered points, including three from the foul line, to take a 33-18 lead into the final period.
The Lady Cougars put up all seven of their fourth-quarter points in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with Dillenbeck hitting a 3-pointer and Schwab hitting two field goals.
The Lady Falcons answered with a 3-pointer from Allison Ellsworth to go with baskets from Meghan LaPort and Abby Moore to put the final score at 40-25.
Kane led the scoring for Canajoharie with 11 points, while Schwab also finished in double-digits with 10.
Wadsworth connected for 13 points for Northville (4-6 overall, 3-4 WAC), including a 5-for-5 effort from the free-throw line. VanNostrand and Ellsworth finished with three points apiece, while Moore, LaPort and Ryan all had two points.
"I think we won the third quarter, which is a positive for us and we will take that forward," Bush said. "We had a couple of girls out tonight and Mary Ryan was not feeling well so she was down a bit. We will move on to play Loudonville Christian Friday in a non-league game."
Canajoharie 40, Northville 25
Canajoharie13 14 6 7 - 40
Northville4 6 8 7 - 25
Bowerman 2-1-5, Dearwester 2-0-4, Dillenbeck 2-1-6, Kane 4-2-11, Schwab 5-0-10, Veeder 2-0-4. Totals: 17-4-40.
Ellsworth 1-0-3, LaPort 1-0-2, Moore 1-0-2, Ryan 1-0-2, VanNostrand 1-1-3, Wadsworth 4-5-13. Totals: 9-6-25.
3-point goals: Canajoharie 2 (Dillenbeck, Kane); Northville 1 (Ellsworth).