CANAJOHARIE - Led by Lauren Balfe's 12 points and 10 rebounds, the eighth-seeded Canajoharie Lady Cougars cruised past the ninth-seeded Berne-Knox-Westerlo Lady Bulldogs 51-35 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class C sectional tournament.
In a matchup between WAC North and South, the Lady Cougars out-rebounded BKW by 10 and forced 34 turnovers. Canajoharie was victorious by a score of 42-32 when the teams met in a WAC crossover game last week and they performed even better this time around.
Balfe scored from everywhere in the first quarter. The senior hit from downtown, converted a two-point jumper, and scooped in a layup for seven first-frame points. Four girls combined to give Canajoharie a 12-1 lead midway through and a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.
Canajoharie’s Ariannah Logan (12) looks to pass as Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Allie Tedeschi defends during Tuesday’s Section II Class C first-round game at Canajoharie High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Monique Britton scored all four of BKW's points in the quarter. The freshman finished with a game-high 19 points and was a lone bright spot for the Lady Bulldogs.
BKW cut into Canajoharie's lead in the second quarter from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldog's got to the line for 17 attempts, converting on 11 of them. Britton and Shea Murphy each hit four while the Lady Cougars converted three of five.
Balfe scored five more in the third quarter, including another three-pointer, as BKW fell silent. Britton and junior varsity call-up Kristen Norray each made field goals, but the Lady Bulldogs were outscored 15-7 in the frame and found themselves trailing by 13.
Class AA First Round
Columbia 75, Saratoga Springs 44
Guilderland 56, Colonie 39
Niskayuna 57, Bishop Maginn 41
Class A First Round
Scotia-Glenville 60, Burnt Hills 47
Class B Opening Round
Hoosick Falls 51, Voorheesville 36
Mechanicville 52, Cohoes 47
Class C First Round
Fort Plain 45, Galway 36
Canajoharie 51, BKW 36
Mayfield 47, Waterford 43
Greenwich 73, Schoharie 33
Lake George 44, Mekeel Christian 41
Middleburgh 60, Cambridge 42
Maple Hill 61, Duanesburg 28
Class D First Round
Germantown 49, Northville 38
Argyle 67, Doane Stuart 29
North Warren 45, New Lebanon 40
Heatly 74, Salem 34
Bolton at Hartford, ppd.
Jordyn Logan and Ariannah Logan tallied four points apiece in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that put Canajoharie up by 17. Jordyn finished with 12 points while Ariannah had 9.
Canajoharie's leading scorer, Alexis Kane, amassed a quietly efficient eight points and seven rebounds for the Cougars. Other than Britton, no one for BKW scored more than four points. Their season ends just below .500 with a record of 9-10.
Canajoharie (13-6 overall) is now tasked with taking on the number one seed in the tournament in the Hoosic Valley Lady Indians. The game will be at Hoosic Valley on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Canajoharie 51, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 35
Berne-Knox-Westerlo4 15 7 9 - 35
Canajoharie14 10 15 12 - 51
Britton 5-9-19, D. Martin 1-2-4, Murphy 0-4-4, Norray 1-1-3, S. Martin 1-0-2, Salo 1-0-2, Keppler 0-1-1. Totals 9-17-35.
Balfe 4-2-12, J. Logan 4-4-12, A. Logan 2-5-9, Kane 3-1-8, Dillenbeck 1-4-6, Dingman 1-0-2, Hoffman 0-2-2. Totals 15-18-51.
3-point-goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo - none; Canajoharie 3 (Balfe 2, Kane)