JOHNSTOWN - After having their six-game win streak snapped by league champion Queensbury on Friday, the Johnstown girls basketball team looked to end the regular season on a high note Tuesday, hosting Glens Falls in a Foothills Council contest.
The Lady Bills led for the majority of the game, but the Indians used a pair of last baskets to notch a 45-43 win over Johnstown High School.
"This wasn't a game where we came in hoping to win," Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. "It was a game we thought we could win. We had it there to win right to the end, but we didn't finish it out."
Glens Falls’ Skylar Girard (10) defends Johnstown’s Megan Anagnostopulos during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Trailing 42-41 with 1:24 to play, Adele Haraughty scored to put Glens Falls on top.
Johnstown evened the game at 43-43 when Hope Cerasuolo converted the front end of a 1-and-1 at the free-throw line.
Cerasuolo missed the second shot, and Glens Falls came down with the rebound.
The Indians ran the clock down and Skylar Girard put up a shot and missed off the rim as the shot clock expired with 4.2 seconds left.
Lucy Tougas grabbed the rebound and scored on the putback to give Glens Falls the victory.
"It wasn't how you draw up the final play, but we'll take it," Glens Falls coach Mark Gifford said.
Johnstown got five points each from Megan Anagnostopulos and Cerasuolo in the first quarter as the Lady Bills grabbed an early 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game.
"We got off to a good start, but I knew it wasn't going to last against a team like Glens Falls," Derwin said. "They answered our run with one of their own."
However, Glens Falls came back by attacking the glass to overcome an early 10-2 deficit, as the Indians used a 14-0 run to take a 16-10 lead early in the second quarter.
"Second shots killed us, right down to the last possession," Derwin said. "[Glens Falls] continuously got second and third possessions and it killed us."
Lauren Stamatel scored six points in the run for Glens Falls, while Girard had four.
Johnstown answered the Indians' run with one of its own, surging to a 19-16 lead. Kendra McCoy accounted for six of the points for the Lady Bills.
Johnstown maintained its three-point advantage into the half, taking a 29-26 lead at the break.
"Johnstown plays physical, tight basketball," Gifford said. "We've been grinding it out pretty well lately."
Cerasuolo scored 12 points in the first half for the Lady Bills, while McCoy finished the opening half with eight points.
Each team scored eight points in the third quarter as Johnstown took a 37-34 lead into the final frame.
Glens Falls quickly erased its deficit, getting a basket from Monica Harvey and a pair of free throws from Girard to take a 38-37 lead.
Johnstown battled back to take a 42-39 lead with 2:56 to play before the Indians outscored the Lady Bills 6-1 down the stretch to earn the win.
Girard finished with 16 points to lead Glens Falls, while Tougas finished with 10 points. Harvey had nine points for the Indians, and Stamatel added eight points.
Cerasuolo led Johnstown with a game-high 19 points, while McCoy added 13.
"I'm definitely happy that played Queensbury and Glens Falls to end the regular season," Derwin said. "Obviously, I would have liked to have seen a different outcome, but playing two tough teams will get us ready for sectionals. "Now, we're going to wait for our seed and see what's ahead of us."
Glens Falls ends the regular season 15-3 overall and 12-2 in Foothills Council play, while Johnstown finished the regular season 12-6 overall and 9-5 in Foothills Council play.
Both teams now await the pairings for the Section II Tournament, which will be announced today.
"It's all going to come down to the seedings," Gifford said. "We'll see what happens tomorrow."
Glens Falls 45, Johnstown 43
Glens Falls10 16 8 11 - 45
Johnstown10 19 8 6 - 43
Girard 5-5-16, Haraughty 1-0-2, Harvey 3-3-9, Stamatel 3-2-8, Tougas 3-4-10. Totals 15-14-45.
McCoy 5-3-13, Anagnostopulos 2-1-6, Cerasuolo 7-3-19, Nellis 2-1-5. Totals 16-8-43.
3-point goals: Glens Falls 1 (Girard); Johnstown 2 (Cerasuolo 2, Anagnostopulos).