JOHNSTOWN - The Canajoharie girls basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and aggressive defense to stay within striking distance of the Duanesburg Lady Eagles.
However, Rachel Gamache took control under the basket in the fourth quarter, netting 10 points in the final stanza to lift Duanesburg to a 58-49 Western Athletic Conference crossover victory Sunday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
The Lady Eagles got off to a quick start with Stephanie Rice hitting back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minutes of play.
Canajoharie's Dainara Veeder (2) puts up a shot over Duanesburg’s Connelly Holmes (11) during Sunday's crossover game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
However, the Lady Cougars used 3-pointers from Alexis Kane and Lauren Balfe to stay close and take a 16-15 lead at the end of the opening period.
The game remained close as the Lady Cougars and Lady Eagles swapped leads four times in the second period, with Duanesburg holding on to a 27-25 halftime lead.
Rice opened the second half the same way she opened the game, with a 3-pointer on the Lady Eagles' first possession.
Gamache made her presence felt under the basket, grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks to help the Lady Eagles take a 43-39 lead into the final period.
Despite 3-pointers from Balfe and Ariannah Logan in the final eight minutes, the Lady Cougars did not have an answer for Gamache as she poured in 10 of Duanesburg's 15 fourth-quarter points to lock up the 58-49 victory.
"They have a couple of girls [Rice and Gamache] who can play ball and go to the hoop," Canajoharie coach Joe Fowler said. "We figured if we went to a triangle-and-two, we would be good. We started concentrating on Rice and then the other girl [Gamache] hurt us underneath. The girls played well and gave it all they had but there is a lot of talent on that team."
Duanesburg had three players put points in the book with Gamache connecting for 23 points and eight rebounds, while Rice had 22 points, six steals and five assists and Maddy Kenyon chipped in with 13 points.
Canajoharie was paced by Kane's 11 points, while Logan recorded six steals and six assists to go with three points and Bowerman pulled down seven rebounds to go with seven points.
The Lady Cougars' defense forced Duanesburg to turn the ball over 22 times.
Duanesburg 58, Canajoharie 49
Canajoharie16 9 14 10 - 49
Duanesburg15 12 16 15 - 58
Balfe 2-0-6, Bowerman 2-3-7, Dearwester 3-0-6, Dillenbeck 2-0-4, Kane 4-1-11, A. Logan 1-0-3, J. Logan 1-0-2, Schwab 1-1-4, Veeder 3-0-6 . Totals: 19-5- 49.
Gamache 11-1-23, Kenyon 5-3-13, Rice 8-3-22. Totals: 24-7-58.
3-point goals: Canajoharie 6 (Balfe 2, Kane 2, A. Logan, Schwab)
Sharon Springs 27
Nicole Little scored 13 points as Mayfield overpowered Sharong Springs.
Jen Little and Alex Sheldon scored nine points each for Mayfield (7-11 overall).
Saragh Green and Marjie Entrolnezo led Sharon Springs (0-18 overall) with five points each.
Mayfield 51, Sharon Springs 16
Mayfield9 14 11 17 - 51
Sharon Springs1 4 6 5 - 16
Barber 1-1-3, Eagan 2-0-4, Horney 0-1-1, J. Little 4-1-9, N. Little 5-0-13, Manoogian 4-0-8, Meca 2-0-4, Sheldon 4-0-9. Totals: 23-3-51.
Byrnes 0-1-1, Cross 0-2-2, Entrolezo 2-0-5, Green 2-1-5, Handy 1-0-3. Totals: 5-4-16.
3-point goals: Mayfield 2 (N. Little, Sheldon); Sharon Springs 2 (Entrolezo, Handy).
Middleburgh 53, Northville 27
Taylor Cater scored 18 points as Middleburgh defeated Northville.
Courtney Paser added 13 points for the Lady Knights (11-7 overall).
Kelly VanNostrand led Northville (6-12 overall) with 10 points.
Middleburgh 53, Northville 27
Northville2 10 7 8 - 27
Middleburgh14 1 2 15 12 - 53
Hadland 1-0-2, Krom 1-0-2, Moore 1-0-2, Ryan 1-0-2, VanNostrand 4-2-10, Wadsworth 2-2-7, Wilson 1-0-2. Totals: 11-4-27.
Cater 7-2-18, Leruzic 1-1-3, McCoy 0-1-1, Miller 2-0-4, Paser 6-0-13, Roney 4-1-9, Ryan 1-0-3, Wood 1-0-2. Totals: 22-5-53.
3-point goals: Northville 1 (Wadsworth); Middleburgh 4 (Cater 2, Paser, Ryan).