Girls Basketball Roundup: Lady Dragons claim crossover victory
GLOVERSVILLE — Two years ago the Gloversville Lady Dragons snapped a 46-game varsity level losing streak that dated back to December 2010 in a Foothills Council crossover game between the last-place teams in both divisions.
Monday night, the Lady Dragons found themselves again engaged in a battle in the Foothills crossovers, only this time it was between the second-place teams in both divisions.
Powered by the return of Jasmine Gonzalez to the lineup for the first time since mid-December and clutch late-game free-throw shooting from Kendra Lavery, Gloversville posted a 48-47 come-from-behind victory over Foothills North runner-up Hudson Falls on Monday night at Gloversville High School.
“That wasn’t an easy one,” Gloversville coach Molly Swan said. “It was nice to see that they found a way to overcome a couple of injuries and some foul trouble to hang on for the win. Kendra Lavery, the last two games, has really come up big in those last seconds.”
Hudson Falls jumped out to a fast start, putting Gloversville in an early 6-1 hole.
With 5:34 left in the opening period, Gonzalez took the court for the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 13 and made an immediate impact.
Gonzalez joined with Kerri Hauser on the forward line and combined for three baskets and a free throw in a three-and-a-half minute span to put Gloversville up 7-6.
“She [Gonzalez] definitely does have a way of changing the game and the way we play,” Swan said.
The Tigers settled down in the final two minutes of the quarter and with the help of Abby Inglee’s buzzer beating 3-pointer, finished the quarter with a 13-9 advantage.
The defenses tightened in a low-scoring second quarter that saw three shot-clock violations (two by Hudson Falls and one for Gloversville) and allowed Gloversville to trim only a single point off the Tigers’ lead as the teams went into the break with the score at 20-17 in favor of Hudson Falls.
Part of the Tigers’ first-half success was from holding the Lady Dragons’ leading scorer Harmony Philo (20.6 ppg) to three points, all from the free-throw line.
“She is going to see that with the types of defense she gets thrown at her,” Swan said. “She knows to expect that. I think the rest of the team just knows to step up and that is the mark of a good team.”
Gloversville answered baskets from Sophie Labrun and Madison Akins with baskets from Lavery and Gonzalez and a free throw from Gabby Langley to close the gap to 24-22 before a momentum-changing series of events.
With the intensity of the game rising, a technical foul and consecutive foul calls against the Tigers sent Philo to the free-throw line and she went 6-for-6 to take the score from 24-22 in favor of Hudson Falls to 28-24 in favor of Gloversville in a span of 20-seconds.
The Lady Dragons got the lead up to six, but could not pull away as the Tigers’ Naesha Kelley found her range behind the 3-point arc for three successful attempts to keep her team within striking distance, 36-33, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers battled back to retake the lead 39-38 with 4:17 to play before Gonzalez finished off a pick-and-roll from Alex Benfatti to regain the lead and Akins converted on a free throw to tie the game at 40 apiece with 3:42 showing on the clock.
Gloversville took the lead on a basket from Gonzalez, a layup off a steal from Langley and a free-throw from Benfatti. However, Hudson Falls answered with a basket from Jana DePalo and an Inglee 3-pointer to knot the score at 45.
Lavery pulled down a defensive rebound and was fouled with 27 seconds left.
The sophomore converted on one of two to put Gloversville up 46-45. She again grabbed a defensive rebound on the Tigers’ next possession and was fouled. This time she made both free throws to give the Lady Dragons a 48-45 edge with 11.3 seconds showing on the clock.
Hudson Falls called for a time out and advanced the ball. The Tigers got the ball to Kelley and she drove uncontested to the hoop for a layup with 1.3 remaining. Gloversville got the ball inbounds and held on for the 48-47 victory.
“The first half we were definitely very sloppy with lots of turnovers,” Swan said. “We just couldn’t find our rhythm. The second half we finally had a stretch where we were putting some offensive sets together.”
Philo finished the night with one field goal, a third-quarter 3-pointer, but went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line to finish with a team-high 12 points. Gonzalez finished the night with 11 points, while Lavery finished with nine points, including a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds.
Kelley paced the Tigers (6-8 Foothills) with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lebrun chipped in with 10 points.
Gloversville (11-8 overall, 8-5 Foothills) will host Watervliet in a non-league game tonight before entering the Section II Class A tournament for the second-straight year.
“I think it will make a good matchup for us and it is someone we have not seen before,” Swan said.
Gloversville 48, Hudson Falls 47
Hudson Falls 13 7 13 14 — 47
Gloversville 9 8 19 12 — 48
Inglee 2-0-6, Kelley 6-6-22, Akins 2-1-5, DePalo 2-0-4, Lebrun 5-0-10. Totals: 17-7-47.
Hauser 3-2-8, Philo 1-9-12, Gonzalez 5-1-11, Langley 2-2-6, Lavery 3-3-9, Benfatti 0-1-1, Jones 0-1-1. Totals: 14-19-48.
3-point goals: Hudson Falls 6 (Kelley 4, Inglee 2); Gloversville 1 (Philo).
JOHNSTOWN — Queensbury rallied from a seven-point deficit to outscore Johnstown 22-6 and pick up the victory in Monday’s Foothills Council fourth place crossover game at Johnstown High School.
Claire Guzielek led the Lady Bills (6-13 overall, 5-9 Foothills) with her game-high 22 points, while Mallory Baldwin finished with 11 points.
Hope Sullivan led Queensbury (5-8 Foothills) with 21 points, while Emma Hayes finished with 14.
Queensbury 58, Johnstown 49
Queensbury 10 11 15 22 — 58
Johnstown 15 15 13 6 — 49
O’Connor 3-0-7, Sullivan 6-8-21, Ballard 1-3-5, Hayes 5-4-14, Bolen 3-0-6, Doin 2-0-5. Totals: 20-15-58.
Rose 0-1-1, VanNostrand 1-1-3, Baldwin 5-1-11, VandeWalker 3-0-6, Lee 0-1-1, Guzielek 7-6-22, Cirillo 2-1-5. Totals: 18-11-49.
3-point goals: Queensbury 3 (O’Connor, Sullivan, Doin); Johnstown 2 (Guzielek 2).
Schuylerville 67, Broadalbin-Perth 22
BROADALBIN — Emily Vallee converted on 12-of-15 free-throw attempts in her game-high 18-point performance to give Schuylerville the victory in the battle of fifth-place teams in Foothills Council crossover action.
Cassie Patrick added 11 points for the Black Horses (5-9 Foothills).
Isabella Magliocca led Broadalbin-Perth (3-16 overall, 0-14 Foothills) with eight points, while Nyah Thompson and Lola DiCaterino finished with four points apiece.
Schuylerville 67, Broadalbin-Perth 22
Schuylerville 20 18 19 20 — 67
Broadalbin-Perth 7 7 5 3 — 22
Beck 2-1-4, Burnham 2-0-6, Darrah 1-2-4, Hough 1-0-3, Kelleher 4-1-9, Patrick 4-3-11, Signor 1-2-4, Vallee 3-12-18, VanArnum 4-0-8. Totals: 21-22-67.
DiCaterino 1-1-4, I. Magliocca 1-5-8, Corcuera 0-2-2, Visco 0-2-2, H. Magliocca 1-0-2, Thompson 1-2-4. Totals: 5-10-22.
3-point goals: Schuylerville 3 (Burnham 2, Hough); Broadalbin-Perth 2 (DiCaterino, I. Magliocca).
Scotia-Glenville 54, South Glens Falls 46
SCOTIA — Mikyla Mitchell led 10 Scotia-Glenville players putting points in the book with 12 points as the Lady Tartans won the third-place Foothills Council crossover game.
Mark Kate Palleschi chipped in with 10 points for Scotia-Glenville (9-5 Foothills).
Claire Carpenter led South Glens Falls (5-8 Foothills) with 17 points and Karlee Benincasa chipped in with 10.
Scotia-Glenville 54, South Glens Falls 46
South Glens Falls 7 9 15 15 — 46
Scotia-Glenville 16 11 15 12 — 54
South Glens Falls
Benincasa 3-4-10, Bovair 1-1-3, Buser 1-0-3, Carpenter 7-3-17, Collier 1-7-9, Shaw 2-0-4. Totals: 15-15-46.
Brown 1-2-4, Corker 1-1-3, Culhane 1-0-2, Estes 3-0-7, Geniti 2-0-6, Mitchell 4-4-12, Palleschi 2-6-10, Porter 1-2-4, Wilson 1-0-2, Winney 1-2-4. Totals: 17-17-54.
3-point goals: South Glens Falls 1 (Buser); Scotia-Glenville 3 (Geniti 2, Estes).