GLOVERSVILLE - The Johnstown Lady Bills picked up their second win in as many nights Friday as they stampeded past the Gloversville Lady Dragons 57-20 in a Foothills Council girls basketball matchup at Gloversville High School.
In Thursday's home win against South Glens Falls, Johnstown (2-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills) allowed the Lady Bulldogs to trim a 16-point second half deficit to just three midway through the fourth quarter. Friday's game on the road was never in doubt for the Lady Bills as they carried a 34-6 lead into halftime.
"I didn't like the way we started the game last night and I didn't like the way we started the second half last night," said Johnstown head coach Tim Derwin. "Our goal was to come in here and play 32 minutes with good intensity, good focus, and no breakdowns. I thought that we did that."
Johnstown’s Alyssa Nellis, right, is defended by?Gloversville’s Emily Washburn during Friday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville High?School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Johnstown made their presence known early on in the contest, outscoring the winless Lady Dragons (0-4 overall, 0-3 Foothills) 17-4 in the first quarter of play. Hope Cerasuolo, Johnstown's leading scorer averaging over 17 points per game entering Friday's action, scored a team-high eight in the opening quarter.
Emily Washburn was the only player to score for Gloversville in the first half. Washburn got into the lane for two layups in the first quarter and banked one in from close range midway through the second quarter to cap Gloversville's six-point half.
The Lady Bills were able to get every girl on the roster into the game as they continued to pull away. Seven girls combined for another 17 points in the second quarter.
"We seemed to have a nice rounded balance from everybody," said Derwin. "It's a nice game because it gets everybody in and a chance to get shots and looks."
Derwin explained the value in Johnstown's program having numbers and a wealth of girls who know how to put the ball in the basket.
"It's always nice to have extra kids and letting them play gives them confidence," Derwin said. "We may have to call on them in a big game or in a tight game and getting minutes here tonight is something to build on."
Cerasuolo and Annie Stock combined for eight points in the third quarter for Johnstown, while Kelsey Barnholt and Brianna O'Rourke each drained a three-pointer.
Natalie Kucel knocked down Gloversville's only three of the game near the end of the quarter; it was the only basket of the quarter for the Lady Dragons.
Johnstown's tenacious defense caused headaches for Gloversville all game. The Lady Bills started out with man-to-man defense but switched to a 1-3-1 zone with much success.
"That was our emphasis, to really work on the fundamentals of our defense, staying down in our stances, getting our arms up in the passing lane, contesting shots without fouling, those kinds of things," Derwin said.
Despite trailing 50-9 entering the final eight minutes, Gloversville showed grit and outscored Johnstown 11-7 in the final quarter with five girls showing the scoring knack.
Ellen Praught, Skylar Swatt, and Chelsea Cirillo all registered their first points of the season for Johnstown in the win.
Cerasuolo and Megan Anagnostopulos paced the Lady Bills with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Washburn's six early points were tops for the Lady Dragons. Kucel added five.
Johnstown will look to keep winning and grinning when they host the Amsterdam Lady Rams Monday.
The Lady Dragons will look to put an end to the pressing and stressing when they welcome the Mayfield Lady Panthers on Thursday in search of their first win of 2013.
Johnstown 57, Gloversville 20
Johnstown17 17 16 7 - 57
Gloversville4 2 3 11 - 20
Cerasuolo 4-4-12, Anagnostopulos 4-2-10, O'Rourke 3-2-9, Stock 2-2-6, Swatt 2-0-5, Cirillo 2-0-4, Barnholt 1-0-3, Praught 1-0-3, Catania 0-2-2, McCoy 1-0-2, Nellis 0-1-1. Totals 20-13-57.
Washburn 3-0-6, Kucel 2-0-5, Stover 1-1-3, Dimarco 1-0-2, Gifford 1-0-2, Griesemer 0-2-2. Totals 8-3-20.
3-point goals: Johnstown 4 (Swatt, Barnholt, O'Rourke, Praught); Gloversville 1 (Kucel).