Lady Dragons win third straight

Philo reaches 900-point milestone in 76-35 victory over Johnstown

Gloversville's Alex Benfatti (24) puts back an offensive rebound while under pressure from Johnstown's Jaden Wilson (30) and Abby VandeWalker during Foothills Council action Thursday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — On a night when the Gloversville girls basketball team defeated inter-city rival Johnstown, junior Harmony Philo stepped over the 900-point career scoring mark.

Philo finished the night with a game-high 25 points to raise her career total to 909 points and lead the Lady Dragons to their third-straight victory 76-35 Thursday night at Gloversville High School.

“Harmony works really, really hard and we are proud of all the work she puts into her game and it is paying off,” Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy said.

Gloversville wasted little time getting its game on track as Kendra Lavery put the Lady Dragons’ first points of the game on the board 10 seconds after tip off.

Her basket sparked a 10-0 run that was fed off a pressing defense by the Lady Dragons.

Jaden Wilson broke the run for Johnstown, putting the first of her team-high 14 points on the board with 3:40 left in the quarter.

Johnstown posted free-throws from Anna Lee and Jess VanNostrand in the closing minutes as the lady Dragons opened a decisive 20-5 first-quarter advantage.

Gloversville continued to stretch its advantage with Philo delivering six second-quarter points as Kerri Hauser had five and Lavery added seven more to her first-half total.

The lady Bills countered with Lee finding her stroke from behind the 3-point arc where she hit three times but could not cut into Gloversville lead as the Lady Dragons carried a 40-16 lead into the locker room at the break.

Philo’s moment came with 2:24 left in the third quarter when she finished off a lay up for her 900th point to help Gloversville take a 54-22 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

Wilson picked up her game in the final stanza for Johnstown, hitting six points, while Philo added three 3-pointers in an 11-point fourth quarter effort to close out the 76-35 Foothills Council victory.

Wilson led the Lady Bills (1-6) with 14 points, while Lee connected for three 3-pointers in her 12-point effort.

“I was disappointed with our effort. I thought we played with a deer-in-the-headlights look right from square one,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “They are a great team and came down and got the answers but I thought we were going to be more competitive. We are going to have a couple days off with a break over Christmas. I am confident this group will rebound and we will get it going in the right direction.”

Philo finished the night with 25 points including five 3-pointers, while Hauser finished with 19 and Lavery chipped in with 14.

“I think the girls confidence is back on track,” Coach D’Arcy said. “Defensively, we looked really strong that has been a focus for us and we are happy with the way they played tonight. This is always a game the girls look forward to. It was nice to have a nice crowd here and being broadcast on the radio. It pumped them up.”

Gloversville 78, Johnstown 35

Johnstown 5 11 6 13 — 35

Gloversville 20 20 14 22 — 76


VanNostrand 0-2-2, VandeWalker 2-3-7, Lee 4-1-12, Wilson 5-4-14. Totals: 11-10-35.


Brown 3-0-7, Hauser 6-7-19, Philo 9-2-25, Langley 1-0-2, Lavery 6-2-14, Benfatti 3-3-9. Totals: 28-14-76.

3-point goals: Johnstown 3 (Anna Lee 3); Gloversville 6 (Harmony Philo 5, Gabrielle Brown).

Broadalbin-Perth 46, Schuylerville 40

BROADALBIN — The Lady Patriots put together a 16-point fourth quarter to defeat Schuylerville and pick up their first victory of the season.

Caroline Iannotti led Broadalbin-Perth (1-6 overall, 1-6 Foothills) with 17 points including four 3-pointers. Makenzie Smith finished with 16 points, while Nyah Thompson finished with 11 and Adrienne Morreale closed out the B-P scoring with two points.

Emily Valley led the Black Horses with 19 points including three 3-pointers.

The victory was also the first for Tucker Gifford as the girls coach. Gifford is also the coach of the Broadalbin-Perth boys basketball team.

Broadalbin-Perth 46, Schuylerville 40

Schuylerville 5 9 15 11 — 40

Broadalbin-Perth 5 16 9 16 — 46


Vallee 6-4-19, Patrick 2-2-6, Haviland 1-1-3, Signor 3-1-7, Kellehe 2-1-5. Totals: 14-9-40.\


Iannotti 5-3-17, Morreale 0-2-2, Thompson 3-5-11, Smith 7-2-16. Totals: 15-12-46.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 3 (Emily Vallee 3); Broadalbin-Perth 4 (Caroline Iannotti 4).

Queensbury 47, Glens Falls 40

GLENS FALLS — The Lady Spartans trailed by a point heading into the fourth quarter but outscored Glens Falls 13-5 in the final eight minutes to secure the Foothills Council victory.

Hailey Ballard led Queensbury (6-1) with 16 points, while Hope Sullivan added 11 points.

Glens Falls (4-3) to 10-point efforts from Taylor Scarincio and Cambrie Schliff. Scarincio added 10 rebounds to her game credits.

Queensbury 47, Glens Falls 40

Queensbury 12 7 15 13 — 47

Glens Falls 12 8 15 5 — 40


Ballard 7-2-16, Doin 1-2-5, Hunt 0-2-2, Nassivera 2-0-5, O’Connor 2-2-8, Sullivan 4-2-11. Totals: 16-10-47.

Glens Falls

Bayle 3-0-6, Cutter 1-0-3, Scarincio 4-2-10, Schliff 5-0-10, Strickland 3-0-7, Williams 2-0-4. Totals: 18-2-40.

3-point goals: Queensbury 5 (Meghan O’Connor 2, Hope Sullivan, Olivia Nassivera, Abby Doin)); Glens Falls 2 (Lexi Cutter, Soverign Strickland).

Center State Conference

Little Falls 84, Dolgeville 38

DOLGEVILLE — The Lady Blue Devils could not recover from a 22-7 first-quarter deficit as they fell to Little Falls in Center State Conference competition Thursday night at Dolgeville High School.

Sandra Gonyea led Dolgeville with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.Hannah Stack pulled down 14 rebounds to go with her nine points and Bella Williams chipped in with 11 rebounds and four assists.

Arielle Raux paced the Mounties with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Amanda Podlas finished with 16 points, while Olivia Langdon had 12 points and Nicole Failing had 11 points.

Little Falls 84, Dolgeville 38

Little Falls 22 17 25 20 — 84

Dolgeville 7 8 17 6 — 38

Little Falls

Connolly 3-0-6, Failing 5-1-11, Langdon 5-2-12, Marotti 3-0-7, Perrone 1-4-6, Podlas 7-2-16, Raux 7-1-20, Syistra 3-0-6. Totals: 34-10-84.


Kenyon 1-0-3, Stack 2-5-9, R. Williams 0-5-5, Gonyea 6-1-17, Spofford 2-0-4. Totals: 11-11-38.

3-point goals: Little Falls 6 (Arielle Raux 5, Geena Morotti); Dolgeville 5 (Sandra Gonyea 4, Gabby Kenyon).


Northville 62,

New Lebanon 33

NORTHVILLE — Hannah Coupas and Kerrigan Groff led nine Northville players who put points in the book in Thursday’s non-league victory.

Coupas finished with 15 points, while Groff had 14 and Breanna Strouse added nine points with a 3-pointer.

Brianna Shuhart led New Lebanon with eight points, while Lexi McLaughlin added seven points.

Northville 62, New Lebanon 33

New Lebanon 9 10 8 6 — 33

Northville 21 19 14 8 — 62

New Lebanon

Schafer 2-1-5, Smith 1-0-2, Stalker 1-2-4, Shuhart 4-0-8, Jaramillo 1-2-4, McLaughlin 3-0-7, Williams 1-0-3. Totals: 13-5-33.


Bace 3-0-6, Coupas 4-7-15, Foster 1-0-2, Groff 6-2-14, Mackey 1-2-4, Miller 1-0-2, Moore 2-2-6, Ovitt 2-0-4, Strouse 4-0-9. Totals: 24-13-62.

3-point goals: New Lebanon 2 (Lexi McLaughlin, Williams); Northville 1 (Breanna Strouse).

Delaware Academy 46, Fonda-Fultonville 30

DELHI — Abigail Lombardoni connected for 11 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists in the Lady Braves loss to state-ranked Class D Delaware Academy of Delhi Thursday.

The Bulldogs were paced by Anna Posts’ 14-point performance.

Fonda-Fultonville also got a four-point, six rebound effort from Marilyn Whitcavitch, while Jillian Wilder has eight points, four rebounds and two steals and Carly Atty had three points, two assists and two rebounds.

Delaware Academy 46, Fonda-Fultonville 30

Fonda-Fultonville 8 8 5 9 — 30

Delaware Academy 13 15 8 10 — 46


Atty 1-2-3, Whitcavitch 1-2-4, Wilder 3-2-8, Smith 1-0-2, Lombardoni 4-3-11. Totals: 10-9-30.

Delaware Academy

Bruce 2-0-5, Nealis 1-0-2, Wakin 3-0-6, Post 6-2-14, Gioffa 3-1-7, Mable 1-0-2, Grace 1-0-2, Wilson 4-0-8. Totals: 21-3-46.

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville (Carly Atty); Delaware Academy 1 (Logan Bruce).