BROADALBIN - After trailing Broadalbin-Perth for almost three quarters of Tuesday's Foothills Council game, Scotia-Glenville looked to its defense for a spark, and got it.
Behind a strong rebounding game from Nicole Conley and Allison Casey, the Lady Tartans rallied and then held on to defeat Broadalbin-Perth, 43-41.
"Defense, it all flows from the defense," Scotia-Glenville coach Regan Burns said. "I tried to get these guys to play consistent defense from start to finish. Defense feeds our offense. When we can get the ball and get out and run that is when we look good. That is what happened, we were able to get defensive stops, push the basketball and get the transition bucket. That was what got us going."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Kaitlin Wood (23) puts up a layup over Scotia-Glenville’s Meqala MacDonald (25) during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Lady Patriots got off to a strong start on a pair of low-post baskets from Kaitlin Wood who was honored before the game for being the first Lady Patriot to top the 100 3-point goal mark in her career. She hit the milestone in B-P's loss Friday to Queensbury and entered Tuesday's game with 102 career 3-point goals.
Broadalbin-Perth used an aggressive defense to disrupt the Lady Tartans' offensive flow and force turnovers, which led to a 10-6 advantage at the end of the opening period.
Conley and Casey gained confidence in the second quarter using their height to pull down rebounds on the defensive board and block drives to the hoop by the B-P ball handlers.
Scotia took its first lead of the game, 18-16, with 2:31 left in the opening half on a putback by Caitlin Estes.
The Lady Patriots responded with a 7-0 run on a basket and a three-point play by Wood and a basket from Katie Herba to take 23-18 lead into the locker room at the break.
Broadalbin-Perth upped its advantage to six midway through the third period with the help of a 3-pointer by Wood before the Lady Tartans again grabbed control of the momentum.
Katelyn Dwyer came up with a pair of steals that she converted into four points and Conley added a putback to tie the game at 28 with 3:28 left in the third period.
Casey closed out the period for the Lady Tartans with a putback and a three-point play to give Scotia a 33-30 edge heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Meqala MacDonald connected in the opening seconds of the final period before Wood hit her second 3-pointer of the half to draw the Lady Patriots to within a basket 35-33.
While Scotia continued to limit the Lady Patriots looks at the basket, they could not put Broadalbin-Perth away.
The Lady Patriots fought back and pulled to within a point, 39-38, with 1:47 left to play.
Then the Lady Tartans got the break they needed.
After Conley's basket put Scotia up 41-38, the Lady Pats missed on their next trip down the floor and had to foul Conley, sending her to the free-throw line. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, but MacDonald hustled to get the offensive rebound before passing the ball off to Conley, who was again fouled with 11.6 seconds left to play.
This time Conley responded by hitting both ends of the one-and-one and give the Lady Tartans a 43-38 advantage.
They would need it as Rachel Orapello connected on a last-second 3-pointer from the corner to put the final score at 43-41 in favor of Scotia.
"They outrebounded us," Broadalbin-Perth coach Mike Magliocca said. "That has been one of our concerns all year. When other teams start hitting the boards against us, we have to do a better job of boxing out. This was nothing but one team wanting it more than the other team. I really believe that we are a good program, that's a game we should win."
Casey finished with 15 points for the Lady Tartans who improved to 5-4 in the Foothills and 6-8 overall. Conley added 14 points, while MacDonald finished with six.
"We have been in close games with Johnstown and Queensbury," Burns said. "We don't have a lot of varsity experience and playing in a close game, and actually pulling it out, is going to help these guys. Sectionals, we are going and it will be a definite learning experience for this team with five underclassmen and three upper classmen. This year is different than what we expected but it has been a learning experience from it."
Wood paced the Lady Patriots (8-6 overall, 2-6 Foothills) with 18 points and took her career 3-point total to 104. Herba finished with 12 points and Orapello contributed nine. The Lady Patriots were a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game.
"We need all the momentum we can get," Magliocca said. "We're looking at facing Glens Falls, and then we've got Johnstown on the road, then South Glens Falls on the road and then Hudson Falls to finish the season out. That's not an easy schedule. Nothing's easy in the Foothills, but we had our opportunities to show the league what we could do, try to get another win under our belt for positioning in sectionals, so this is a really tough loss for us."
Scotia-Glenville 43, Broadalbin-Perth 41
Scotia-Glenville6 12 15 10 - 43
Broadalbin-Perth10 13 7 11 - 41
Conley 6-2-14, Carroll 2-0-4, Dwyer 2-0-4, MacDonald 3-0-6, Casey 7-1-15. Totals: 20-3-43.
Orapello 3-1-9, Herba 6-0-12, Dickson 1-0-2, Wood 7-2-18. Totals: 17-4-41.
3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville - none; Broadalbin-Perth 3 (Wood 2, Orapello).