Girls Basketball Roundup: Lady Braves rally past Lady Panthers

Fonda-Fultonville's Jillian Wilder (3) drives past Mayfield's Taryn LaFontaine during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Fonda-Fultonville's Jillian Wilder (3) drives past Mayfield's Taryn LaFontaine during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — After digging itself an early hole, Fonda-Fultonville rallied for a hard-fought victory over Mayfield in a Western Athletic Conference girls basketball game Tuesday.

The Lady Braves trailed 14-5 after one quarter and 19-14 at the half before outscoring the Lady Panthers 21-15 in the second half to earn a 35-34 victory.

Eighth-grader Marilyn Whitcavitch finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for FFCS, which posted its fourth straight victory.

“Marilyn came up huge for us,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Flip Boshart said.

Mayfield got off to a quick start in Tuesday’s contest, opening up a nine-point lead in the first quarter, thanks to three first-quarter 3-pointers.

Fonda-Fultonville's Marilyn Whitcavitch, back, defends Mayfield's Katie LaGrange during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Fonda-Fultonville's Marilyn Whitcavitch, back, defends Mayfield's Katie LaGrange during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Kaylee Hampton hit two 3-pointers in the opening frame, while Lindsey Hampton also had a first-quarter 3-pointer.

Hampton’s second trifecta came with four seconds left in the quarter to make it 14-5 after eight minutes of play.

Fonda-Fultonville scored the first four points of the second quarter on back-to-back baskets by Whitcavitch to make it 14-9, but the Lady Braves got no closer, heading into the half down, 19-14.

FFCS had chances to cut into the deficit from the free-throw line, but went just 3 of 12 from the stripe in the first half.

Mayfield also had Camryn Meca and Sydney Benton pick up three first-half fouls.

Fonda-Fultonville's Carly Atty (2) defends Mayfield's Lindsey Hampton during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Fonda-Fultonville's Carly Atty (2) defends Mayfield's Lindsey Hampton during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“We got in some foul trouble and that hurt us,” said Mayfield junior varsity coach Alysha Mraz, who was filling in for varsity coach Brian Moore.

After struggling from the field and hitting just five first-half field goals, Fonda-Fultonville looked to attack the basket in the second half.

“We settled for jump shots too much in the first half,” Boshart said. “Our goal going in the whole time was to attack the basket. We thought we could attack them off the dribble.”

The move worked as the Lady Braves scored the first five points of the second half toe tie the game at 19-19.

Mayfield regained the lead on a free throw by Sydney Sheldon and a basket by Lindsey Hampton.

FFCS took the lead for the first time in the game with a 6-0 surge that featured four straight points from Whitcavitch to make it 25-22 with 3:05 left in the third.

A 3-point from Sheldon tied the game at 25-25 before the teams traded baskets to leave the game tied a 27-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

Abby Lombardoni scored the first points of the final quarter to give the Lady Braves a 29-27 lead.

Fonda-Fultonville held the advantage throughout the final quarter, taking a 35-32 lead when Alyssa Duval scored with 45 seconds to play.

After a jump ball gave the Lady Braves the ball back, Mayfield’s Lindsey Hampton stole the inbound pass and scored on a layup to make it 35-34 with 30 seconds remaining.

The Lady Braves missed on their next possession, but a traveling call gave FFCS the ball back with 8.9 seconds to play.

After getting the ball knocked away on their first attempt, the Lady Braves got the ball to Lombardoni. However, while scrambling to make the play, the Lady Panthers’ Taryn LaFontaine and Sheldon collided near midcourt, sending both to the sidelines with injuries.

From there, the Lady Braves were able to run out the clock to seal the victory.

“The girls gave 110 percent, but we just fell short a little bit tonight,” Mraz sad

Sheldon scored nine points to lead Mayfield, while Lindsey Hampton had seven. Kaylee Hampton and LaFontaine each had six points for the Lady Panthers.

Duval had nine points for Fonda-Fultonville, while Lombardoni had seven points and nine rebounds.

“We’re buying into our roles and we’re buying into the system,” Boshart said. “It was just a team effort tonight.”

Fonda-Fultonville (4-2 overall, 3-0 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Delhi to face Delaware Academy on Thursday at 7 p.m. Delaware Academy is first in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D rankings.

“[Delaware Academy] is a good team that will give us a nice test,” Boshart said.

After starting the season 4-0, the Lady Panthers have lost their last two contests against Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Fonda-Fultonville.

Mayfield (4-2 overall, 2-2 WAC) is off until Dec. 27 when it hosts Broadalbin-Perth in the opening round of its holiday tournament.

Fonda-Fultonville 35, Mayfield 34

Mayfield 14 5 8 7 — 34

Fonda-Fultonville 5 9 13 8 — 35

Mayfield

LaFontaine 3-0-6, L. Hampton 2-0-7, Sheldon 2-3-9, K. Hampton 2-0-6, LaGrange 0-2-2, Benton 1-2-5. Totals 11-7-34.

Fonda-Fultonville

Atty 1-0-2, Wilder 1-0-2, Duval 4-1-9, Whitcavitch 5-2-12, Smith 1-0-3, Lombardoni 3-1-7. Totals 14-4-35.

3-point goals: Mayfield 5 (Sheldon 2, K. Hampton 2, L. Hampton); Fonda-Fultonville 1 (Smith)

WAC

Mekeel Christian 59, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 20

SCOTIA — Elizabeth Singleton and Rebekkah Dean each scored 16 points to lead Mekeel Christian Academy to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

The Lions outscored the Lady Wolves 35-8 in the first on their way to the win.

Maraya Davis added eight points for Mekeel Christian (5-0 WAC).

Fontana LaCoppola finished with 15 points to lead OESJ (3-5 overall, 1-3 WAC).

Mekeel Christian 59, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 20

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 4 4 3 9 — 20

Mekeel Christian 15 20 16 8 — 59

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Harman 0-1-1, LaCoppola 6-3-15, Richardson 1-0-2, Shelmandine 1-0-2. Totals 8-4-20.

Mekeel Christian

D. Ballard 2-0-5, J. Ballard 3-0-6, Davis 4-0-8, Dean 6-0-16, Delarosa 2-1-6, Show 1-0-2, Singleton 7-0-16. Totals 25-1-59.

3-point goals: Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville — none; Mekeel Christian (Dean 4, Singleton 2, D. Ballard, Delarosa).

Middleburgh 61, Galway 25

MIDDLEBURGH — Bre Palmatier finished with 21 points to lead Middleburgh to a WAC victory over Galway on Tuesday.

The Knights outscored the Golden Eagles 23-6 in the first quarter on their way to the win.

Kelsey Terrell had 20 points for Middleburgh.

Grace Montague scored 12 points to lead Galway (0-8 overall, 0-5 WAC).

Middleburgh 61, Galway 25

Galway 6 9 0 10 — 25

Middleburgh 23 9 22 7 — 61

Galway

Drouin 1-0-3, Montague 6-0-12, Grant 0-1-1, Wnuk 1-1-3, Gullett 1-0-2, Pakatar 2-0-4. Totals 11-1-25.

Middleburgh

Stephens 2-3-7, Schafroth 0-0-3, Leggett 1-0-2, M. Terrell 2-0-4, K. Terrell 6-2-20, Palmatier 7-4-21, Campbell 1-2-4. Totals 19-11-61.

3-point goals: Galway 1 (Drouin); Middleburgh 4 (K. Terrell 2, Schafroth, Palmatier).

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 42, Duanesburg 33

BERNE — Alexis Wright finished with 21 points to lead Berne-Knox-Westerlo to a WAC victory over Duanesburg on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 in WAC play with the win.

Madison Meyer scored 11 points to lead Duanesburg (2-2 WAC).

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 42, Duanesburg 33

Duanesburg 11 7 4 11 — 33

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 13 10 8 11 — 42

Duanesburg

Stealey 2-1-5, Lenehan 3-39, M. Meyer 4-3-11, Smith 1-0-2, Hoffman 2-0-4, T. Meyer 1-0-2. Totals 13-7-33.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Yarusso 0-0-3, Ruiz 2-0-4, Meacham 2-1-8, Sherwin 1-1-3, Wright 5-5-21, Latham 0-0-3. Totals 10-7-42.

Three-point goals: Duanesburg — none; Berne-Knox-Westerlo 5 (Wright 2, Yarusso, Meacham, Latham)

Schoharie 49, Galway 32

GALWAY — Alexis Williams finished with 21 points to lead Schoharie to a WAC victory over Galway on Friday.

Julie Lehoe finished with 10 points for the Indians, who outscored the Golden Eagles 20-6 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Isabella Mancini scored eight points to lead Galway.

Schoharie 49, Galway 32

Schoharie 5 8 16 20 — 49

Galway 6 8 12 6 — 32

Schoharie

Brisley 3-1-7, Cater 1-1-3, Lehoe 5-0-10, Palmatier 0-2-2, Scheifer 1-4-6, Williams 9-3-21. Totals 19-11-49.

Galway

Drouin 2-0-5, Grant 3-0-6, Gullett 1-2-4, Mancini 2-4-8, Montague 1-3-5, Pakatar 1-0-2, Wnuk 1-0-2. Totals 1-9-32.

3-point goals: Schoharie — none; Galway 1 (Drouin).

MVAC

Johnsburg 47, Wells 28

WELLS — Khaleah Cleveland finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Johnsburg to a victory over Wells in a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference contest Tuesday.

Megan Bacon scored nine points for Johnsburg (1-4 overall, 1-2 MVAC).

Sierra Mauro scored 21 points to lead Wells (0-5 overall, 0-3 MVAC).

Johnsburg 47, Wells 28

Johnsburg 15 9 11 12 — 47

Wells 11 4 5 8 — 28

Johnsburg

Dwyer 3-0-7, Selleck 2-0-4, Bacon 4-1-9, Cleveland 10-5-27. Totals 19-6-47.

Wells

Johnson 1-0-2, Scribner 0-1-1, Brown 1-0-2, O’Rourke 1-0-2, Mauro 9-2-21. Totals 12-3-28.

3-point goals: Johnsburg (3 (Cleveland 2, Dwyer); Wells 1 (Mauro).

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 41, Glens Falls 31

SCOTIA — Mikyla Mitchell finished with 12 points to lead Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Glens Falls on Tuesday.

Asia Winney had eight points for Scotia-Glenville (6-0 overall, 6-0 Foothills).

Anna Bayle scored 10 points to lead Glens Falls (4-2 overall, 4-2 Foothills).

Scotia-Glenville 41, Glens Falls 31

Glens Falls 9 7 7 8 — 31

Scotia-Glenville 6 10 14 11 — 41

Glens Falls

Bayle 4-2-10, Cutler 2-0-6, Williams 0-1-1, Benway 0-2-2, Strickland 2-1-6, Schliff, 1-2-4, Scarincio 1-0-2. Totals 8-8-31.

Scotia-Glenville

Mitchell 4-1-12, Geniti 1-0-2, Palleschi 2-2-6, Winney 2-4-8, Brown 1-2-4, Willson 1-0-2, Porter 2-3-7. Totals 13-12-41.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 3 (Cutler 2, Strickland); Scotia-Glenville 1 (Mitchell).

Center State Conference

Frankfort-Schuyler 49, Dolgeville 36

FRANKFORT — Hannah Stack connected for 12 points for the Lady Blue Devils in their league loss to Frankfort-Schuyler on Monday.

Sophia Simmons led Frankfort-Schuyler with 12 points and five rebounds, while Charlotte Rodio had 10 points, three steals and four assists and Gabriella Howard pulled down 10 rebounds.

Frankfort-Schuyler 49, Dolgeville 36

Dolgeville 10 4 10 12 — 36

Frankfort-Schuyler 11 7 14 17 — 49

Dolgeville

Stack 5-2-12, R. Williams 3-1-7, B. Williams 2-0-4, Gonyea 4-0-9, Lamphere 2-0-4. Totals: 16-3-36.

Frankfort-Schuyler

DeSarro 2-1-5, Howard 1-2-4, Medina 1-4-6, Rodio 5-0-10, Scholl 1-1-3, Simmons 6-0-12, Wardle 4-0-9. Totals: 20-8-49.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 1 (Gonyea); Frankfort-Schuyler 1 (Wardle).

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