Girls Basketball Roundup: Lady Bills start slow in loss to Glens Falls

Johnstown's Jess VanNostrand (12) drives past Glens Falls' Felicity Williams during Monday's Foothills Council game at Warren Street Elementary School in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — An off-shooting night, especially in the first half, proved to be the downfall for the Johnstown girls’ basketball team Monday against Glens Falls.

The Lady Indians used their inside game to give Johnstown an early deficit that the Lady Bills couldn’t recover from as they fell to Glens Falls 55-47 at Warren Street Elementary School.

“Turnovers hurt us early, but it didn’t feel like we were playing with confidence,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “If it is accurate we were 1 for 20 from 2-point range [in the first half]. We were getting set and you want to be quick but I think we looked rushed. We came out and played a good second half but we buried ourselves too deep in the first half.”

Taylor Scarincio got Glens Falls off to a fast start, drawing a foul on a drive to the basket, converting the foul shots and getting a basket off an offensive rebound for a quick 4-0 advantage.

Abbygail VandeWalker got the Lady Bills on the board with her three-point play and later added a pair of free throws to account for Johnstown five first-quarter points, while the Lady Indians put up 13 first-quarter points.

Scarincio continued to work under the basket and put two more baskets from the low post and when the Lady Bills adjusted Anna Bayle found her range from the outside, hitting nine points in the quarter.

The Lady Bills began moving the ball against the Glens Falls defense with Sarah Pratt and Jesse VanNostrand hitting 3-pointers in the second quarter. However, it was Johnstown’s 9-for-9 performance from the free-throw line in the first half that kept them in the game as they trailed 30-17 at intermission.

“We had a defensive game-plan to stop the kids down low but we were just too slow to do the things we wanted to do defensively,” Derwin said. “At times we just made it too easy for them to score. I mean they ran good sets and got the good shots but when you lose a game by eight you don’t have to look to far to change the outcome by just a couple of possessions; whether it is defensively or offensively.”

Anna Lee and VandeWalker matched baskets from Scarincio and Cambrie Schliff in the opening minutes of the second half, while VanNostrand and Meghan Mraz connected for 3-pointers to help the Lady Bills match the Lady Indians with 17 third-quarter points, but still trailed by 13 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Glens Falls maintained their advantage through the first half of the final stanza before Derwin called a time out with four minutes left on the clock.

The Lady Bills responded with Amber Tesi delivering a pair of baskets and Lee connecting for a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws as the Lady Bills outscored Glens Falls 9-2 in the final minutes but came up on the short-end of the 55-47 final score.

Bayle led the Lady Indians with 18 points, while Scarincio finished with 12 and Felicity Williams and Schliff scored 10 points apiece.

VandeWalker paced Johnstown with 15 points, while Lee added 13 and VanNostrand had nine.

“I was happy,” Derwin said. “There are growing pains here but down the stretch, in the third and fourth quarters, we made some big shots. The girls didn’t stop trying they tried harder.”

Glens Falls 55, Johnstown 47

Glens Falls 13 17 17 8 — 55

Johnstown 5 12 17 13 — 47

Glens Falls

Bayle 6-2-18, Cutter 1-0-3, Williams 4-2-10, Scarincio 5-2-10, Strickland 1-0-2, Schliff 5-0-10. Totals 24-4-55.


Pratt 1-0-3, VanNostrand 2-3-9, VandeWalker 4-7-15, Tesi 2-0-4, Mraz 1-0-3, Lee 3-6-13. Totals 13-16-47.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 3 (Bayle 2, Cutter); Johnstown 5 (VanNostrand 2, Pratt, Mraz, Lee).

Queensbury 49, Gloversville 41

QUEENSBURY — Harmony Philo connected for 19 points for Gloversville as the Lady Dragons dropped their fourth-straight game.

Hope Sullivan led Queensbury with her double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Hailey Ballard added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Kerri Hauser added eight points for the Lady Dragons, while Kendra Lavery chipped in with six.

Queensbury 49, Gloversville 41

Gloversville 8 8 12 13 — 41

Queensbury 15 4 17 13 — 49


Benfatti 2-1-5, Brown 0-1-1, Hauser 3-2-8, Langley 1-0-2, Lavery 3-0-6, Philo 8-0-19. Totals 17-4-41.


Sullivan 6-3-16, O’Connor 1-1-3, Ballard 7-2-16, Doin 3-0-8, Downs 1-0-2, Hunt 2-0-4. Totals 20-6-49.

3-point goals: Gloversville 3 (Philo 3); Queensbury 3 (Doin 2, Sullivan).

Amsterdam 68, South Glens Falls 55

AMSTERDAM — The Lady Rams kept their early-season record unblemished with their fourth-straight league victory.

Amsterdam’s Giulianna Pritchard hit 15 first-half points en route to her game-high 26 points.

Jackie Stanavich added 11 points and Lucia Liverio chipped in with 10 points.

Mackenzie Collier paced South Glens Falls with 24 points.

Emma Bovair was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line in her 10-point effort.

Amsterdam 68, South Glens Falls 55

South Glens Falls 9 13 21 12 — 55

Amsterdam 14 18 23 13 — 68

South Glens Falls

Breen 0-3-3, Buser 3-1-9, Collier 7-9-24, Lanfear 1-2-4, Palmer 2-0-4, Bovair 1-8-9, Shaw 0-1-1. Totals 14-23-55.


Flint 2-0-4, Stanavich 3-5-11, Liverio 4-1-10, May 2-0-6, Derosa 1-0-2, Pritchard 10-5-26, Beekman 1-2-4, Fedullo 2-1-5. Totals 25-14-68.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 3 (Buser 2, Collier); Amsterdam 4 (May 2, Liverio, Pritchard).

Hudson Falls 51, Broadalbin-Perth 39

HUDSON FALLS — Brinley Inglee connected on five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point effort to lead Hudson Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Broadalbin-Perth. Naesha Kelley had 15 points and seven rebounds for Hudson Falls (2-2 Foothills).

Makenzie Smith scored 11 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth (0-4 overall, 0-4 Foothills), while Caroline Iannotti had nine points.

Hudson Falls 51, Broadalbin-Perth 39

Broadalbin-Perth 10 8 12 9 — 39

Hudson Falls 15 12 15 9 — 51


DiCaterino 2-0-4, Iannotti 4-1-9, Corcuera 1-1-3, Morreale 2-0-4, Kline 1-0-2, Thompson 2-0-6, Smith 4-3-11. Totals 16-5-39.

Hudson Falls

McCarthy 3-0-7, Kelley 5-4-15, Kitchner 3-0-6, Inglee 5-4-19, DePalo 0-4-4. Totals 16-12-51.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Thompson 2); Hudson Falls 7 (Inglee 5, Kelley, McCarthy).

Scotia-Glenville 42, Schuylerville 34

SCHUYLERVILLE — Rhaymi Porter scored 12 points to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Schuylerville.

Mary Kate Palleschi finished with 10 points for the Lady Tartans.

Brianna Signor finished with 12 points to lead Schuylerville.

Emily Vallee added nine points for the Black Horses.

Scotia-Glenville 42, Schuylerville 34

Scotia-Glenville 10 3 19 10 — 42

Schuylerville 9 12 3 10 — 34


Geniti 3-1-7, Palleschi 3-4-10, Mitchell 2-3-7, Porter 4-4-14, Brown 1-0-2, Winney 1-1-4. Totals 14-13-42.


Vallee 3-3-9, Patrick 1-0-2, Signor 3-5-12, Kelleher 3-1-8, Hough 1-0-2, Phillips 0-1-1. Totals 11-10-34.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 1 (Winney); Schuylerville 2 (Kelleher, Signor)