Lady Dragons deal Amsterdam first loss

Gloversville's Harmony Philo (12) is tracked by Amsterdam's Lucia Liverio (14) as she brings the ball upcourt during Thursday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — When Gloversville’s leading scorer Harmony Philo arrived at Thursday game against Amsterdam without her home jersey, she could have panicked.

Instead, she donned a spare No. 12 jersey in stead of her regular No. 10 and poured in a season-high 35 points to lead Gloversville to a 75-71 victory over the previously unbeaten and state ranked Lady Rams in Foothills Council action Thursday night at Gloversville High School.

“I was just telling my teammates, I think I am just going to keep No. 12,” Philo said after the victory.

With her 35-point performance, Philo, a junior, now stands 15 points shy of the 1,000-point career milestone with 985 points.

In a game that showed 18 lead changes and was tied 11 times, Philo hit the first points of the game with a 3-pointer from the right wing 12 seconds into the game.

“It really boosted my confidence and started the momentum for the team because I haven’t been doing that great lately,” Philo said about hitting her opening shot.

Giuliana Pritchard showed her strength on the inside, putting Amsterdam’s first eight points in the book as the teams were deadlocked at 16 apiece at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Rams pulled away to their largest lead of the game with a 7-0 run over the first two minutes of the second quarter for a 23-16 advantage.

Gloversville battled back and finished the opening half with a 7-0 run to send the teams into the locker room at the half tied at 34.

Amsterdam inched ahead in the opening minutes of the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Antonia May a basket from Jackie Stanavich and a free throw by Lucia Liverio for a 40-34 lead.

Again the Lady Dragons battled back with Alex Benfatti and Gabby Langley hitting baskets before Langley converted a pair of free throws and Benfatti hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 43 apiece with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

Gloversville edged ahead 45-43 on a Philo field goal before Liverio hit from behind the arc to put Amsterdam back in front. The Lady Dragons tied the game at 49 on a put back by Kerri Hauser and went up 53-50 on back-to-back baskets by Kendra Lavery before Stanavich hit a basket in the final seconds of the quarter to send the game into the final stanza with Gloversville holding a 53-52 advantage.

Stanavich opened the fourth quarter with a basket to put the Lady Rams back in front before Hauser his a free throw to tie the game at 54.

The teams continued to swap leads until Philo grabbed a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court for a lay up to put Gloversville ahead 62-61. The Gloversville defense caused the Lady Rams to turn the ball over on consecutive trips down the court and Philo added another basket to up the the Lady Dragons’ lead to 64-61.

Amsterdam kept the Lady Dragons within striking distance but suffered a set back when Pritchard fouled out of the game with 1:28 left to play with Gloversville ahead 71-67.

Amsterdam cut the lead to a single basket twice in the final minute, but were answered by Philo converting on 4 of 4 attempts from the free-throw line to lock up the 75-71 victory and hand the Lady Rams their first loss of the season.

“What a game. Amsterdam is one of the games, especially with the year they’ve had so far, where our girls really get so excited for it,” Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy said. “They knew we were going to have to stick with it the entire game. Regardless of what the score was they were going to have to battle back.”

Philo led Gloversville with 35 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. Hauser finished the night with 14 points, while Lavery had 12 and Benfatti chipped in with nine. Langley rounded out the Gloversville scoring with five points.

“Harmony found her groove tonight and had that never quit attitude for the whole game,” D’Arcy said. “Defensively, we were stretching our zone out too much. They were killing us from the outside and leaving a big gap in the middle. We talked about that at halftime, making sure we were moving the coverage the right way.

Pritchard paced the Lady Rams with 20 points, while Stanavich finished with 19 and Flint and Liverio had nine points apiece.

“What stood out to me was Gloversville kept finding ways to score,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “Every time we got momentum they took it back. It wasn’t lack of effort, the girls played hard and Gloversville played hard. It was a battle but we didn’t execute defensively to give up that many points. No excuses. Gloversville made plays and made baskets. The credit goes to them.”

Amsterdam falls to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the Foothills Council. The Lady Rams will look to get back in the win column Monday when they travel to play Broadalbin-Perth Monday and are at Schuylerville on Wednesday before hosting Johnstown on Thursday.

Gloversville (6-5 overall and 5-4 Foothills Council) will host Glens Falls Monday before heading to Hudson Falls for a make-up game on Wednesday and to Scotia-Glenville for a league game on Thursday.

Gloversville 75, Amsterdam 71

Amsterdam 16 18 18 19 — 71

Gloversville 16 18 19 22 — 75


Flint 4-0-9, Stanavich 9-1-19, Liviero2-4-9, May 3-0-8, DeRosa 2-0-4, Pritchard 9-2-20, Beekman 1-0-2. Totals: 30-7-71.


Hauser 5-4-14, Philo 11-9-35, Langley 1-3-5, Lavery 6-0-12, Benfatti 4-0-9. Totals: 27-16-75.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 4 (Antonia May 2, Taylor Flint, Lucia Liverio); Gloversville 5 (Harmony Philo 4, Alex Benfatti).

Broadalbin-Perth 49, Glens Falls 47

BROADALBIN –Makenzie Smith put Broadalbin-Perth ahead with 23.8 seconds left before the Lady Indians hit a game-tying basket.

However, the Lady Patriots’ Nyah Thompson delivered a game-winning buzzer-beater to lift Broadalbin-Perth to the Foothills Council victory.

Smith, an eighth-grader, led Broadalbin-Perth with 20 points, while Thompson hit for 11 and Caroline Iannotti finished with seven.

Anna Bayle hit four 3-pointers in her 18-point effort for Glens Falls, while Sovereign Strickland finished with 11 and Cambrie Schliff had eight.

Broadalbin-Perth 49, Glens Falls 47

Glens Falls 11 7 9 20 — 47

Broadalbin-Perth 8 3 24 14 — 49

Glens Falls

Bayle 7-0-18, Williams 1-1-3, Scorincio 2-2-7, Strickland 4-2-11, Schliff 3-2-8. Totals: 17-7-47.


Stigberg 1-0-2, DiCaterino 2-2-6, Iannotti 2-1-7, Morreale 0-3-3, Smith 7-6-20. Totals: 16-13-49.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 6, (Anna Bayle 4, Taylor Scorincio, Sovereign Strickland); Broadalbin-Perth (Caroline Iannotti 2, Nyah Thompson 2).

Scotia-Glenville 60, Johnstown 22

SCOTIA — The Lady Tartans outscored Johnstown 20-3 in the third quarter to pull away to the Foothills Council victory.

Mikyla Mitchell led Scotia-Glenville with 20 points, while Mary Kate Palleschi had 10 and Kelsey Brown and Rhaymi Porter finished with eight points apiece.

Anna Lee led Johnstown with 12 points.

Scotia-Glenville 60, Johnstown 22

Johnstown 8 7 3 4 — 22

Scotia-Glenville 14 9 20 17 — 60


Lee 4-3-12, Morey 0-2-2, Mraz 1-0-2, Tesi 0-3-3, Wilson 1-1-3. Totals: 6-9-22.


Brown 4-0-8, Charnews 0-1-1, J. Geniti 3-0-7, O. Geniti 2-2-6, Mitchell 10-0-20, Palleschi 4-1-10, Porter 4-0-8. Totals: 27-4-60.

3-point goals: Johnstown 1 (Anna Lee); Scotia-Glenville 2 (Julianna Geniti, Mary Kate Palleschi).

South Glens Falls 68, Schuylerville 25

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Makenzie Collier led a trio of South High players in double-figures against Schuylerville.

Collier finished with 18 points, while Hannah Breen had 13 and Ally Buser finished with 12.

Emily Vallee led the Black Horses with eight points and Devynn Hough had seven.

South Glens Falls 68, Schuylerville 25

Schuylerville 4 10 11 0 — 25

South Glens Falls 15 21 18 14 — 68


Darrah 0-2-2, Hough 3-0-7, Kelleher 1-0-2, Patrick 3-0-6, Vallee 3-2-8. Totals: 10-4-25.

South Glens Falls

Bovair 3-0-7, Breen 4-1-13, Buser 3-5-12, Collier 5-8-18, Hart 3-0-7, Joss 1-0-3, Lanfear 0-1-1, Palmer 0-2-2, Shaw 2-1-5. Totals: 21-18-68.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 1 (Devynn Hough); South Glens Falls 8 (Hannah Breen 4, Emma Bovair, Ally Buser, Sydney Hart, Emily Joss).

Queensbury 62,

Hudson Falls 26

HUDSON FALLS — The Lady Spartans broke out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back in Thursday’s Foothills Council win.

Hailey Ballard led Queensbury with 18 points, while Abby Doin had 14 and Hope Sullivan added 11 points.

Jana DePalo led Hudson Falls with eight points, while Danielle Hogan finished with six.

Queensbury 62, Hudson Falls 26

Queensbury 20 14 19 9 — 62

Hudson Falls 8 7 5 6 — 26


O’Connor 4-0-9, Ballard 9-0-18, Nassivera 1-0-3, Hunt 2-3-7, Doin 4-4-14, Sullivan 4-0-11. Totals: 24-8-62.

Hudson Falls

Phillips 1-0-3, Kelley 2-0-4, Kitchner 1-1-3, Inglee 1-0-2, Hogan 2-2-6, DePalo 3-2-8. Totals: 10-5-26.

3-point goals: Queensbury 6 (Hope Sullivan 3, Abby Doin 2, Meghan O’Connor); Hudson Falls 1 (Madison Phillips).