Girls Basketball Roundup: FFCS cruises past Bishop Gibbons

Fonda-Fultonville’s Alyssa Duval (4) dribbles past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ Jailene Santiago during Friday’s Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Lady Braves basketball team celebrated Senior Night in winning style as they defeated Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons by a score of 54-31 in a Western Athletic Conference Division 1 contest Friday night.

“Senior Night is an exciting night for the girls,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Phil Boshart said. “I wasn’t exactly sure how we would come out and play because there was no JV game and the crowd had to get here early for it.”

It didn’t take Boshart long to find out as the Lady Braves had five different players score in the first quarter to jump out to a 20-7 lead.

“We stepped up. I thought our first quarter was good and we executed a lot of the little things that we wanted to do,” Boshart said.

The Lady Braves got a 3-point basket from senior Julianna Taylor and Alyssa Duval followed that with a short jumper to give Fonda a lead they would never lose. After Sarah Malinowski made a free throw, Abby Kienzle hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Knights to within one.

But that was as close as it would get as the Lady Braves went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes to blow the game open. Fonda’s strong rebounding led to Taylor scoring on a fast break. Senior Sarah Subik put back a free throw rebound to score. She then got the rebound at the other end and, after a nice outlet pass, ran the court and got open under the basket for another quick basket.

After another Lady Braves rebound, Duval ran up the court for a fast break basket. Abigail Lombardoni scored a basket and made three foul shots to give the Lady Braves an 18-4 lead with 1:56 left in the quarter. Abby Gaggianese hit a 3-point shot to stop the Fonda run but with 15 seconds left, Kaleigh Smith scored to make the score 20-7 after one quarter.

“Sarah and [senior] Ashlee Jones are doing a great job rebounding,” Boshart said. “I really think that both of them, in the last three or four games especially, have stepped up their rebounding.”

In the second quarter, both teams seemed to settle down and the scoring was more balanced as Fonda outscored Bishop Gibbons 11-10. Malinowski made two free throws to start the scoring for the Lady Knights. Subik made a foul shot and Duval scored to give Fonda a 14 point lead.

Bishop Gibbons was able to score six straight points as Chloe Bessinger made two free throws and Ava Megyeri and Adriana Vicinanzo each scored a bucket.

Lombardoni hit a 3-pointer and Jillian Wilder scored to end the Lady Knights comeback attempt. After Vicinanzo scored, the Lady Braves got foul shots from Taylor, Wilder and Lombardoni to end the half with the score 31-17.

Malinowski scored a bucket to put the Lady Knights on the board first in the third quarter but then the Lady Braves went on a 13-0 run, holding Bishop Gibbons scoreless for five minutes. During that run, Fonda got six points from Duval, three points from Lombardoni, while Taylor and Wilder each added two. Malinowski ended the Lady Knights drought with a bucket at the 1:04 mark. Lombardoni added a free throw for Fonda before Ayaina Ford and Vicinanzo each scored to make the score 45-25 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw Bishop Gibbons open the scoring with a free throw from Gaggianese and a 3-point basket from Vicinanzo. Fonda responded with baskets from Taylor and Duval to keep the lead at 20 points. The Lady Knights scored their final basket with 2:37 remaining in the game when Megyeri hit a short jumper. Jones scored for the Lady Braves and then Cassey Knowlton hit a free throw. Ryleigh Hesch got the rebound on the second foul shot and put it back in for the final points of the game leaving the score at 54-31.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this senior group and how they responded,” Boshart said.

Duval had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Braves, while Lombardoni added 13 points.

Vicinanzo was high scorer for the Lady Knights with nine points.

Fonda-Fultonville (12-6 overall, 9-2 WAC) is set to travel to Canajoharie for its next game, Bishop Gibbons (4-7 WAC) will travel to Mekeel Christian Academy. Both games are scheduled for Wednesday.

Fonda-Fultonville 54, Bishop Gibbons 31

Bishop Gibbons 7 10 8 6 — 31

Fonda-Fultonville 20 11 14 9 — 54

Bishop Gibbons

Gaggianese 1-1-4, Megyeri 2-0-4, Ford 1-0-2, Vicinanzo 4-0-9, Kienzle 1-0-3, Bessinger 0-2-2, Malinowski 2-3-7. Totals 11-6-31.


Taylor 4-1-10, Wilder 2-1-5, Duval 7-0-14, Smith 1-0-2, Subik 2-1-5, Lombardoni 3-6-13, Knowlton 0-1-1, Hesch 1-0-2. Totals 20-10-54.

3-point goals: Bishop Gibbons (Gaggianese, Vicinanzo, Kienzle); Fonda-Fultonville (Taylor, Lombardoni).


Berne-Knox-Westerlo 61, Canajoharie 36

BERNE — Deanna Yarusso scored a game-high 17 points to power Berne-Knox-Westerlo to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Canajoharie.

The Bulldogs led 23-2 after one quarter on their way to the victory.

Taylor Meacham scored 15 points for Berne-Knox-Westerlo (9-2 WAC), while Monique Britton added 13.

Sierra Hill scored 10 points to lead Canajoharie (10-8 overall, 6-5 WAC), while Mackenzie Bowerman added nine.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 61, Canajoharie 36

Canajoharie 2 13 8 13 — 36

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 23 18 17 3 — 61


Bowerman 3-1-9, Hartlieb 2-0-4, Hill 3-4-10, Koelbl 1-0-2, Lathers 1-0-2, Shannon 1-0-2, Smith 2-0-4, Yacobucci 1-0-3. Totals 14-5-36.


Britton 6-0-13, Latham 1-2-4, Meacham 7-0-15, Norray 3-3-9, Sherwin 1-1-3, Yarusso 7-0-17. Totals 29-6-61.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 3 (Bowerman 2, Yacobucci); Berne-Knox-Westerlo 5 (Yarusso 3, Meacham, Britton).

Mekeel Christian 52, Fort Plain 21

SCOTIA — Rebekkah Dean finished with 16 points to lift Mekeel Christian Academy to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Fort Plain.

Jessie Show scored 14 points for Mekeel Christian (11-0 WAC), while Elizabeth Singleton added 11.

Cheyenne Munson scored eight points to lead Fort Plain (2-15 overall,1-10 WAC)

Mekeel Christian 52, Fort Plain 21

Fort Plain 2 7 8 4 — 21

Mekeel Christian 12 15 13 12 — 52

Fort Plain

Douglas 1-0-2, Gomez 2-1-6, Hagadorn 1-0-2, Logan 1-0-3, Munson 3-1-8. Totals 8-2-21.

Mekeel Christian

Ballard 1-0-2, Dean 7-0-16, J. Show 5-0-14, M. Show 3-2-8, Simmons 0-1-1, Singleton 4-1-11. Totals 23-4-52.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 3 (Gomez, Logan, Munson); Mekeel Christian 8 (J. Show 4, Dean 2, Singleton 2).

Galway 62, Duanesburg 18

DUANESBURG — Brittany Kenyon scored 15 points to lead Galway to a WAC victory over Duanesburg.

Ashlyn O’Neil finished with 12 points for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 7-4 in WAC play.

Emily Lenehan scored six points to lead Duanesburg (0-11 WAC).

Galway 62, Duanesburg 18

Galway 11 13 26 12 — 62

Duanesburg 3 6 3 6 — 18


Boudreau 2-0-6, Gannon 0-1-1, Bra. Kenyon 3-0-6, Bri. Kenyon 7-1-15, O’Neil 5-2-12, Pawlowski 3-1-8, Quay 3-1-7, Ritter 2-3-7. Totals 25-9-62.


Hoffman 2-0-4, Lenehan 2-2-6, Rieseler 1-0-2, Schaeffer 1-2-5, Sorrentino 0-1-1. Totals 6-5-18.

3-point goals: Galway 3 (Boudreau 2, Pawlowski); Duanesburg 1 (Schaeffer).

Middleburgh 55, Schoharie 22

COBLESKILL — Lyndsey McCoy scored 18 points to lead Middleburgh to a WAC victory over Schoharie in a game played at SUNY Cobleskill.

Bre Palmatier finished with 17 points for Middleburgh (9-2 WAC).

Alexis Williams scored eight points to lead Schoharie (1-10 WAC).

Middleburgh 55, Schoharie 22

Schoharie 2 2 9 9–22

Middleburgh 20 8 16 11 — 55


Brisley 2-2-6, Palmatier 1-0-2, Wetsel 2-0-4, Williams 3-2-8, Yauchler 1-0-2. Totals 9-4-22.


Campbell 1-0-2, Leggett 2-0-5, McCoy 5-8-18, Molitor 1-0-2, Palmatier 7-1-17, Stephens 1-0-2, K. Terrell 2-1-5, M. Terrell 0-2-2, Wood 1-0-2. Totals 20-12-55.

3-point goals: Schoharie — none; Middleburgh 3 (Palmatier 2, Leggett).