FONDA -With leading scorer Emily Parslow nursing an injury heading into Thursday's Colonial Council girls basketball game with Cohoes, Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Nethaway was looking for someone to step up.
Freshman Julianna Taylor accepted the challenge.
Taylor connected for 17 points and senior Jeananna Warner hit for 15 more to lead the Lady Braves to a 62-38 league victory Thursday night at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Fonda-Fultonville’s Julianna Taylor (12) drives to the hoop after getting past Cohoes’ Isabella Vanelli during Colonial Council action Thursday night at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Parslow started the night strong connecting for a 3-pointer and Warner hit a lay up to give the Lady Braves a quick 5-0 advantage.
However, the Tigers' Isabella Vanelli found her range and hit back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by converting on 3-of-4 free throws to put Cohoes ahead 9-5.
Taylor came off the bench and immediately made her presence known, delivering seven of Fonda-Fultonville's next 11 points and helping to build a 16-11 advantage at the end of the opening period.
"The thing is tonight Emily was a little hurt and we weren't able to come out and man-press right away like we normally do," Nethaway said. "So we settled back into a zone-press. That wasn't working so we dropped back to halfcourt. We couldn't press like we wanted to but we got after number 10 (Vanelli) who shot a couple of 3-pointers right off the bat. We made a defensive switch and put a little more pressure on her and that was better."
Fonda-Fultonville remained in control of the game in the second quarter, limiting Vanelli to a 3-pointer, while getting five points from Parslow and Taylor to take a comfortable 32-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Tigers came off the break on a mission and hit two quick buckets and forced a turnover in the opening minute.
Warner then began asserting herself under the basket and delivered nine of the Lady Braves' 13 third-quarter points and a 45-31 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Fonda-Fultonville made the most of its inside game in the final period with Warner and Hailey Beddig combining for eight points and defensively holding Cohoes scoreless from the field as all seven of its fourth-quarter points came from the free-throw line.
Vanelli finished the night with 16 points, while Katie Monson added 10 for Cohoes.
Taylor finished with 17 points including a pair of 3-pointers. Warner added 15 and Parslow had 10 points in limited action.
"[Taylor] is going to be very tough and a very good player in this program for the next four years," Nethaway said. "With Emily hurting tonight and not being able to move the way she normally does, Julianna stepped up as did Jeananna."
The Lady Braves (4-2 overall, 2-2 Colonial) are now off until Jan. 3 when they will resume Colonial Council play on the road against Lansingburgh. They return to their home court for a league game against Mechanicville on Jan. 7.
"I wish we had a few games over the break but we need to buckle down and get things in order for after the break," Nethaway said.
Fonda-Fultonville 62, Cohoes 38
Cohoes11 8 12 7 - 38
Fonda-Fultonville16 16 13 17 - 62
Vanelli 5-3-16, Monson 2-6-10, Fitzgerald 1-1-4, McCumber 2-0-4, Reardon 0-2-2, Wiley 0-1-1, Chaplin 0-1-1. Totals: 10-14-38.
Egelston 1-0-3, Auriemma 0-1-1, Parslow 4-1-10, Taylor 7-1-17, Derby 3-1-7, Nethaway 1-1-3, Warner 6-3-15, Beddig 3-0-6. Totals: 25-8-62.
3-point goals: Cohoes: 4 (Vanelli 3, Fitzgerald); Fonda-Fultonville 4 (Taylor 2, Egelston, Parslow).