JOHNSTOWN - With Friday's matchup with league-leading Queensbury looming, Johnstown got caught looking ahead in the early stages of Tuesday's Foothills Council girls basketball game against Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown High School.
The Lady Bills struggled offensively in the opening quarter, leading just 5-4 after eight minutes of play.
Johnstown's woes continued in the early portion of the season quarter before it regrouped to outscore B-P 21-11 in the frame to take a 26-15 halftime lead on its way to a 51-23 victory.
Johnstown’s Hope Cerasuolo (24) goes up for a shot over Broadalbin-Perth’s Tatiana Ivery as B-P’s Nicole Traver looks on during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"We did what we had to do to get the win tonight," Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. "We had a cold shooting night, and our defense carried us through."
In the opening quarter, it was B-P's defense that gave the Lady Bills fits, holding them to just four points in the opening frame.
"I'm very pleased with our first-quarter effort," Broadalbin-Perth coach Michael Magliocca said. "If we keeping playing like that, good things are going to happen for us."
Bri O'Rourke scored four of Johnstown's five points in the opening quarter, while Erica Kordjyak scored all four of the Lady Patriots' first-quarter points.
"Broadalbin-Perth did a good job defensively on us," Derwin said. "Mike [Magliocca] does a good job, and they came ready to play tonight. They brought it in the first quarter, and we didn't match it."
In the second quarter, Broadalbin-Perth led 10-8 after getting two free throws from Kordjyak and Tatiana Ivery.
"In the first half, we played well," Magliocca said. "We played great team defense."
However, the Lady Bills got things rolling outscoring B-P 18-5 over the final 4:25 of the first half to take a 26-15 lead into the half.
Kelsi Barnholt had two 3-pointers during the surge for the Lady Bills, while Hope Cerasuolo and O'Rourke each had six points in the second quarter for Johnstown.
"We played pretty well on the defensive end," Derwin said. "We held them to just two field goals in the first half. We had too many fouls and they made their free throws in the first half."
In the second half, the Lady Bills picked up where they left off, holding the Lady Patriots to just three field goals over the final 16 minutes. Johnstown outscored B-P 9-3 in the third quarter and 16-5 in the final frame to seal the win.
O'Rourke led Johnstown with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Cerasuolo had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"Tim [Derwin] made some nice adjustments at halftime and we couldn't keep O'Rourke off the boards. She just killed us."
Kordjyak and Ivery paced Broadalbin-Perth with seven points each.
"I wasn't happy with how we played in the first quarter, but we righted the ship and got the win," Derwin said. "Now, we'll get ready for a real tough test on Friday."
Johnstown (6-2 overall, 4-1 Foothills) will host Queensbury (5-0 Foothills) on Friday at 7 p.m. while Broadalbin-Perth (2-6 overall, 1-4 Foothills) will travel to South Glens Falls on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Johnstown 51, Broadalbin-Perth 23
Broadalbin-Perth4 11 3 5 - 23
Johnstown5 21 9 16 - 51
Traver 1-0-2, Simonson 1-0-2, Kordjyak 1-5-7, Decker 0-1-1, Biggers 1-0-2, Ivery 1-5-7. Totals 5-10-23.
Swatt 1-0-2, Anagnostopulos 2-1-6, Barnholt 2-0-6, Catania 3-0-7, Cerasuolo 3-5-11, Stock 2-0-4, O'Rourke 6-0-12, Praught 1-0-3. Totals: 20-6-51.
Three-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth - none; Johnstown 5 (Barnholt 2, Anagnostopulos, Catania, Praught).