FORT EDWARD - Playing with a sense of urgency, the Northville girls basketball team erased a 14-point halftime deficit against Warrensburg in a Section II Class D quarterfinal game Friday night at Fort Edward High School.
While the Lady Falcons got as close as a single point in both the third and fourth quarters, the Burghers had enough left to pull away from Northville late in the game to advance to Tuesday's Class D seminfinal with a 58-42 victory.
"We expended so much to get back that 14 points," Northville coach Dave Bush said. "But you have have to give credit to Warrensburg. They just kept hustling and knocked down the shots when they needed them."
Warrensburg’s Chiara Russo (11) looks on as Erin Langworthy (22) battles Northville’s Lyndsey Wadsworth for a loose ball during Friday’s Section II Class D quarterfinal game at Fort Edward High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Northville’s Kelly VanNostrand (21) looks to make a pass while under pressure from Warrensburg’s Kerrigan Roth (2) during Friday’s Section II Class D quarterfinal game at Fort Edward High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Fourth-seeded Warrensburg made the most of four early turnovers by the fifth-seeded Lady Falcons (6-13 overall) to jump out to a 6-0 lead.
Kelly VanNostrand put the first points in the book for Northville with her 3-pointer with 3:27 left in the opening period. Mary Ryan followed with a 3-pointer for the Lady Falcons, but the Burghers closed out the opening period with a 6-2 run to take a 14-8 lead.
The Lady Falcons went to a high-pressure press to break the Burghers rhythm.
Section II Class AA Quarterfinals
Shaker 51, Bishop Maginn 30
Albany 76, Shenendehowa 58
Colonie 54, Catholic Central 43
Bethlehem 74, Columbia 25
Section II Class C Quarterfinals
Hoosic Valley 64, Fort Plain 32
Hoosick Falls 61, Duanesburg 52
Maple Hill 48, Mechanicville 27
B-K-W 39, Greenwich 34
Section II Class D Quarterfinals
Warrensburg 58, Northville 42
Fort Edward 54, North Warren 7
Argyle 73, Heatly 37
Fort Ann 64, Hartford 36
While forcing Warrensburg to turn the ball over eight times in the period, the Lady Falcons could not capitalize on the breaks and were outscored 13-5 in the period and trailed 27-14 at the break.
"We shocked a little bit because we don't normally press," Bush said. "But the shots we took didn't go in."
The Lady Falcons looked like a new team when they took the floor in for the second half.
Lyndsey Wadsworth made the most of opportunities she was denied in the first half, netting nine points in a 15-2 run by Northville to cut the lead from 14 to one, 29-28 with 3:42 left in the period.
Northville's defense kept Warrensburg in check, but at a cost as Wadsworth picked up her fourth foul, while Abby Moore collected her third and were relegated to the bench.
The Burghers took advantage of the opportunity to close of the period with a 10-2 run, putting the score at 39-30 heading into the final period of play.
Wadsworth opened the final eight minutes with back-to-back 3-pointers and hit 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled behind the 3-point arc to bring Northville back to within a point, 39038 with 6:36 left to play.
Warrensburg again fought back with Mike Morehouse taking control under the basket to help the Burghers open their lead to five, 44-39 with just under five minutes left on the clock.
Freshman Erin Langworthy chose that point to get a hot hand, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and converting a steal into a lay up to spring the Burghers ahead 52-39.
This time the Lady Falcons could not recover from the scoring burst, managing only three more points on a long distance bomb by Meghan LaPort as Warrensburg closed out the 58-42 sectional victory.
"The first half, I think it was nerves. We are not used to a crowd or an environment like this," Bush said. "In the first half they just outhustled us. They got to every ball that went on the ground and we left their shooter [Erin Langworthy] open too many times. No. 35 [Mike Morehouse] just killed us inside. They box-and-oned Lyndsey and the girls didn't react well because they wanted to get the ball to her. In the third quarter, we adjusted some things and they came out hustling because they knew it wad do or die time. They brought it back, then made a couple of bad passes and brought it back again. They didn't quit and that was a big thing."
Wadsworth connected for 17 second-half points to finish with 18 points for Northville, while VanNostrand chipped in with eight.
Langworthy hit for 13 fourth-quarter points and led the Burghers with 24 points, while Morehouse poured in 17 and Liz Turner added eight.
Warrensburg advances to the Class D semifinals Tuesday night at Adirondack Community College where the Burghers will face top-seeded Fort Edward. The Flying Forts advanced with a 54-7 victory over North Warren.
Warrensburg 58, Northville 42
Northville8 5 17 12 - 42
Warrensburg14 13 12 19 - 58
Kalkbrenner 1-0-2, Krom 1-0-2, LaPort 1-0-3, Moore 1-0-2, Ryan 2-0-5, VanNostrand 3-1-8, Wadsworth 5-5-18, Wilson 1-0-2. Totals: 15-6-42.
Hayes 1-0-2, Langworthy 7-6-24, Morehouse 6-5-17, Norton 0-1-1, Raymond 2-0-4, Roth 0-2-2, Turner 3-2-8. Totals: 19-16-58.
3-point goals: Northville 6 (Wadsworth 3, VanNostrand, Ryan, LaPort); Warrensburg 4 (Langworthy 4).