Broadalbin-Perth tops Mayfield to earn spot in tournament final

Mayfield coach Brian Moore sets up a play for the Lady Panthers during a time out in the first half of Wednesday's opening round of the Mayfield Holiday Tournament game against Broadalbin-Perth Wednesday at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MAYFIELD — After dropping their first six games of the season, the Broadalbin-Perth girls basketball team has put together back-to-back victories and will be playing Simsbury (Conn.) for the championship in the Mayfield Holiday Basketball Tournament tonight at Mayfield High School.

The Lady Patriots advanced to the championship game with a 47-36 victory over host Mayfield, while Simsbury, which is coached by former B-P standout Sam Zullo, earned its berth in the title game with a dominating 68-13 win over Galway.

“These girls have not been in this situation,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We are here to win the tournament and that is what we are going to try for. For us this is two wins in a row and we are picking up steam and starting to figure ourselves out and we are positive right now.”

Broadalbin-Perth and Simsbury will square off for the championship at 5 p.m., while Mayfield and Galway will play the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.

The title game was moved to the opening game tonight at the request of Coach Gifford who also will coach the Broadalbin-Perth boys team against Hudson in the Mekeel Christian Academy Tournament tonight.

Gloversville's Alex Benfatti (24) is challenged by Haldane's Olivia McDermott (1) and Bella Monteleone (3) as she drives to the hoop during the first day of the Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase Wednesday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Lady Patriots got off to a good start with Adrienne Morreale hitting the opening basket before Mayfield’s Lindsey Hampton connected on a 3-pointer to put the Lady Panthers in front.

Makenzie Smith put Broadalbin-Perth back in front before Sydney Sheldon, Taryn Lafontaine and Camryn Meca gave Mayfield a 6-2 run for a 10-6 lead.

The lady Patriots put together a 13-2 run over the final 2:39, including 3-pointers from Caroline Iannotti and Lola DiCaterino in the final minute to build a 19-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Foul trouble slowed both teams in the second quarter as Smith, DiCaterino and Morreale were relegated to the bench for B-P as was Sydney Benton for Mayfield.

The Lady Patriots came out of the low-scoring period, outscoring Mayfield 10-5 to take a 29-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

“It changed [our game plan] a lot. We had a lot of people in foul trouble,” Gifford said. “Adrienne is in foul trouble and a starter, Makenzie’s a starter and Lola’s a starter. You take three starters out of the mix and you have to dive deep into the bench. The best part was that everybody who was eligible tonight stepped up big and got minutes. That was a total team effort from beginning to end.”

The Lady Panthers opened the second half with a short run to knock five points off the Lady Patriots lead before Smith returned to the floor and put the next six points in for B-P to build the lead back up to 35-24.

The fouls continued to mount for the Lady Panthers and two starters, Benton and Taryn LaFontaine fouled out before the end of the third quarter, while DiCaterino and Morreale picked up their fourth fouls for the Lady Patriots.

The Lady Panthers matched B-P’s scoring through the final eight minutes of play but could not close the gap as the Lady Patriots picked up the victory 47-36.

“Foul trouble hurt us early,” Mayfield Coach Brian Moore said. “I wanted our girls to be aggressive and match their intensity. BP is a good team but has been getting banged around in the Foothills but they set the tone early. We were not moving our feet with the quickness we have the ability too and it got us into foul trouble early. Then free throws. Being 8-for-23 in an 11-point game definitely hurt us.”

Sheldon led Mayfield with her 11-point effort, while Lindsey Hampton finished with eight points and LaFontaine chipped in with seven.

“I am proud of the girls; they worked hard from beginning to end,” Moore said. “They are a hard working group of girls and we will bounce back tomorrow.”

Smith led Broadalbin-Perth with her double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Nyah Thompson finished with nine points and Emma Goebel and DiCaterino both finished with six points.

Gifford said he is looking forward to playing against Zullo’s Simsbury squad for the title.

“I coached Sam [at Broadalbin-Perth] and he does a heck of a job with that group,” he said. “It should be an interesting game.”

Zullo is assisted by his father and former Shenendehowa and Broadalbin-Perth head coach Jim Zullo.

Broadalbin-Perth 47, Mayfield 36

Broadalbin-Perth 19 10 8 10 — 47

Mayfield 12 5 9 10 — 36


Stigberg 2-0-4, Goebel 3-0-6, DiCaterino 2-1-6, Iannotti 1-2-5, Morreale 1-0-2, Thompson 3-2-9, Smith 7-1-15. Totals: 19-6-47.


LaFontaine 3-1-7, L. Hampton 3-1-8, Meca 1-0-3, Sheldon 4-3-11, K. Hampton 0-1-1, LaGrange 1-1-3, Hart 0-1-1, Benton 1-0-2. Totals: 13-8-36.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 3 (Lola DiCaterino, Caroline Iannotti, Nyah Thompson); Mayfield 2 (Lindsey Hampton, Camryn Meca).

Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase

Gloversville 61, Haldane 44

AMSTERDAM — The Lady Dragons used a strong second-half performance to avenge a 52-42 loss to Haldane in last year’s Showcase.

Harmony Philo led a quartet of Gloversville players with double-digit scoring with her 16-point performance that included five 3-pointers. Gabby Langley connected for 12 points for the Lady Dragons, while Kerri Hauser had 11 and Alex Benfatti finished with 10 points.

Haldane was paced by Allison Cheira with her game-high 19 points, while Olivia McDermott had three 3-pointers in her 11-point effort.

Gloversville returns to the court at Amsterdam High School today at 3 p.m. to take on Cicero-North Syracuse of Section III. The Northstars defeated Kingston 62-45 on Wednesday.

Gloversville 61, Haldane 44

Haldane 13 15 8 8 — 44

Gloversville 14 18 17 12 — 61


McDermott 4-0-11, Stovell 1-2-4, Monteleone 2-0-4, Cheira 8-3-19, Viggano 1-0-3. Totals: 16-5-44.


Brown 1-0-3, Hauser 1-9-11, Philo 5-1-16, Langley 4-4-12, Lavery 4-1-9, Benfatti 3-4-10. Totals: 18-19-61.

3-point goals: Haldane 4 (Olivia McDermott 3, Sofia Viggano); Gloversville 6 (Harmony Philo 5, Gabrielle Brown).

Amsterdam 68, Pittsfield 59

AMSTERDAM –The Lady Rams gained a 37-32 halftime advantage and held off a persistent Pittsfield, Mass. squad for the victory on the opening day of the Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase.

Four of the five starters for Amsterdam finished in double-figures.

Giuliana Pritchard led the Lady Rams with 18 points, while Anotonia May and Elena Fedullo had 13 apiece and Lucia Liverio finished with 12 points.

Bella Aitken scored 10 of Pittsfield’s 12 third-quarter points en route to her game-high 26 points, while Alexis Garvey finished with 10 points and Jordyn Lummus chipped in with nine.

Amsterdam 68, Pittsfield 59

Pittsfield 19 13 12 15 — 59

Amsterdam 21 16 16 15 — 68


Shade 1-0-2, Bramer 2-2-6, Perkett 1-0-2, Aitken 9-7-26, Strape 2-0-4, Garvey 4-0-10, Lummus 4-0-9. Totals: 23-9-59.


Stanavich 3-1-7, Flint 0-1-1, Liverio 3-6-12, May 5-0-13, DeRosa 1-1-3, Pritchard 5-8-18, Beekman 0-1-1, Fedullo 5-3-13. Totals: 22-21-68.

3-point goals: Pittsfield 4 (Alexis Garvey 2, Jordyn Lummus, Bella Aitken); Amsterdam 3 (Anotonia May 3).

Adirondack Holiday Hoops Tournament

Lowville 47, Dolgeville 24

BOONEVILLE — The Lady Blue Devils could not come back from a 21-9 first-half deficit as Lowville advanced to play host Adirondack in today’s championship game.

Hannah Stack led Dolgeville with nine points, while Sandra Gonyea had seven, Bella Williams five and Ryanne Williams finished with three.

Sydney Brown led Lowville with 15 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Adirondack advanced to the title game with a 61-24 victory over South Lewis.

Lowville 47, Dolgeville 24

Dolgeville 7 2 5 10 — 24

Lowville 14 7 4 22 — 47


B. Williams 2-1-5, R. Williams 1-1-3, Stack 4-1-9, Gonyea 2-1-7. Totals: 9-4-24.


Zicari 1-2-4, A. Wood 1-0-3, St. Croix 3-0-6, S. Wood 3-0-7, Kogut 2-1-5, Brown 6-3-15, Hellinger 0-3-3, Fayle 2-0-4. Totals: 18-6-47.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 2 (Sandra Gonyea 2); Lowville 5 (Sydney Brown 3, Anna Wood, Sara Wood).


Schoharie 56, Canajoharie 39

SCHOHARIE — Alexis Williams connected for 23 points and Julie Lehoe added 15 for Schoharie in the Lady Indians victory.

Alexz Lathers led seven scorers for Canajoharie with 10 points.

Schoharie 56, Canajoharie 39

Canajoharie 10 9 10 10 — 39

Schoharie 9 10 18 19 — 56


Bowerman 2-1-5, Gray 2-0-4, Hartlieb 3-0-6, Koebel 3-0-7, Lathers 5-0-10, Rebello 1-0-2, Sala 1-0-3. Totals: 17-1-39.


Brisley 2-4-8, Lehoe 3-9-15, Palmatier 1-2-4, Wetsel 2-0-4, Williams 9-5-23, Yauchler 0–2-2. Totals: 17-22-56.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 2 (Koebel, Sala); Schoharie none.

Northville 57,

Sharon Springs 23

SHARON SPRINGS — Hannah Coupas hit for a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Falcons to their second-straight victory.

Breanna Strouse hit a pair of 3-pointers en route to her 12-point performance, while Brianna Bace, Morgan Mackey and Emily Ovitt had six points apiece and Kerrigan Groff chipped in with four points.

Northville 57, Sharon Springs 23

Northville 13 21 10 13 — 57

Sharon Springs 5 2 8 8 — 23


Bace 3-0-6, Coupas 11-1-23, Groff 2-0-4, Mackey 2-2-6, Ovitt 3-0-6, Strouse 5-0-12. Totals: 26-3-57.

Sharon Springs

Seegers 2-1-5, Rorick 0-1-1, Reynolds 4-1-9, Smith 1-0-2, Mabie 2-0-4, Kennedy 1-0-2. Totals: 10-3-23.

3-point goals: Northville 2 (Breanna Strouse 2); Sharon Springs none.