Lady Dragons tame Tigers in regular season finalé

Ride 14-game Foothills win streak to third-place finish

Hudson Falls' Danielle Kitchner (10) and Jana DePalo, right close in on Gloversville's Kerri Hauser as she eyes the basket during Monday Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — On a night when Gloversville honored the six senior members of it’s team, the Lady Dragons closed out their regular season with a 70-55 Foothills Council victory over Hudson Falls Monday night at Gloversville High School.

With the victory the Lady Dragons finished the season on a 14-game Foothills Council win streak and winning 15 of their last 16 games after dropping four straight at the start of the season. They will enter the Section II Class A tournament with a 15-5 overall record.

“I think it is something for them to be proud of,” Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy said. “We talked in the locker room about letting it sink in on how we were able to avenge all those early-season losses and focus on the things we needed to do to develop as a team. We are hopeful we can keep building. So far we have been able to build off from every game.”

Senior Alex Benfatti got things rolling for Gloversville in the opening quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to help the Lady Dragons break out to a 17-8 advantage.

Harmony Philo and Kendra Lavery took over in the second quarter with Philo putting up eight points and Lavery stepping up in the low post for six points and Kerri Hauser added a basket to stake Gloversville to a 33-17 halftime lead.

Benfatti again found her long-range shooting touch in the third quarter, hitting two more 3-pointers as seven different players put points in the book for Gloversville in the period to stretch the Lady Dragons’ advantage to 22 points, 56-34, heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Naesha Kelley delivered 10 fourth-quarter points for Hudson Falls as they won the quarter 21-14 but could not make a run as the Lady Dragons as the closed out the 70-55 Foothills Council victory.

“When we went up there it was a two-point game and it was very physical,” D’Arcy said. “They have experienced players and is one of those teams that could come up and get you. We a really put a strong emphasis on our defense tonight, especially heading into the postseason. It was a part of our game that we really wanted to clean up. I think that the girls were able to capitalize on our defense and transition into scoring.”

Philo led the Gloversville scoring with 23 points, while Lavery and Benfatti finished with 15 points apiece and Hauser chipped in with 10. Gabby Langley added four points and Maddie Jones had two and Gabby Brown hit a free throw to round out the Gloversville scoring.

Kelley led Hudson Falls with 23 points including a 10-for-13 effort from the free-throw line. Brinley Inglee had seven points for the Tigers, while Kierra McCarthy and Jana DePalo had six-point apiece.

“We were able to celebrate our seniors [Jasmine Gonzalez, Kerri Hauser, Gabby Langley, Alex Benfatti, Gabby Brown and Sheyenne Beach] with a win at home,” coach D’Arcy said. “Jasmine, Kerri, Gabby Langley, Alex and Gabby Brown have been here with me for all four years and it is a special thing to send them off the right way.”

The Lady Dragons will wait for the results of Wednesday’s seeding meeting for the Section II Class A postseason tournament to find out their opponent for the opening round game.

Gloversville 70, Hudson Falls 55

Hudson Falls 8 9 17 21 — 55

Gloversville 17 16 23 14 — 70

Hudson Falls

Phillips 2-0-4, McCarthy 2-0-6, Kelley 8-10-26, Kitchner 2-0-4, Inglee 3-1-7, Casey 1-0-2, DePalo 3-0-6. Totals: 21-10-55.


Brown 0-1-1, Hauser 4-2-10, Philo 8-6-23, M. Jones 1-0-2, Langley 1-2-4, Lavery 7-1-15, Benfatti 5-0-15. Totals: 26-12-70.

3-point goals: Hudson Falls 3 (Kierra McCarthy 2, Brinley Inglee); Gloversville 6 (Alex Benfatti 5, Harmony Philo).

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 46, Broadalbin-Perth 29

BROADALBIN — The Lady Patriots could not overcome a fast start y Scotia-Glenville and fell in the opening game of a double-header with the boys teams Monday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Makenzie Smith led Broadalbin-Perth with here game-high 15 points, while Nyah Thompson, Caroline Iannotti and Lola DiCaterino all had four points and Kylie Stigberg closed out the B-P scoring with two points.

Mikayla Mitchell led eight scorers for Scotia-Glenville with her 10-point effort. Rhaymi Porter finished with eight points, while Juliana Geniti and Mary Kate Palleschi added seven points apiece.

Scotia-Glenville 46, Broadalbin-Perth 29

Scotia-Glenville 11 14 17 4 — 46

Broadalbin-Perth 2 5 10 12 — 29


Mitchell 4-2-10, O. Geniti 1-0-3, J. Geniti 3-1-7, Palleschi 3-1-7, Charnews 1-0-2, Winney 2-0-5, Wilson 2-0-4, Porter 3-2-8. Totals: 19-6-46.


Stigberg 1-0-2, DiCaterino 1-2-4, Iannotti 1-2-4, Thompson 2-0-4, Smith 5-5-15. Totals: 10-9-29.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 2 (Olivia Geniti, Asia Winney); Broadalbin-Perth none.

Queensbury 74, Johnstown 42

QUEENSBURY — The Lady Spartans broke out to a 42-17 first-half advantage and cruised to victory over Johnstown Monday at Queensbury High School.

Hailey Ballard delivered a career-high 31 points for the Spartans. Abby Doin had 11 rebounds and eight points, while Meghan O’Connor finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals and Hope Sullivan added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Meghan Mraz hit four-3-pointers for 12 points to lead the Johnstown scorers. Anna Lee finished with 11 points, while Jesse VanNostrand had eight.

Queensbury 74, Johnstown 42

Johnstown 11 6 14 11 — 42

Queensbury 28 14 22 10 — 74


Lee 4-1-11, Mraz 4-0-12, Pratt 1-0-2, Sasaki 1-0-3, Tesi 1-0-2, VanNostrand 2-2-8, Wilson 2-0-4. Totals: 15-3-42.


Ballard 15-1-31, Doin 3-1-8, Downs 2-0-4, Hunt 2-0-4, Nassivera 1-0-2, O’Connor 4-3-11, Sullivan 5-3-14. Totals: 32-8-74.

3-point goals: Johnstown 9 (Meghan Mraz 4, Anna Lee 2, Jesse VanNostrand 2, Kanako Sasaki); Queensbury 2 (Abby Doin, Hope Sullivan).

Amsterdam 85, Schuylerville 38

AMSTERDAM — Giulianna Pritchard led a quartet of Amsterdam players in double figures in Monday’s Foothills Council win over Schuylerville.

Pritchard poured in a game-high 25 points, while Lucia Liverio had 16 and Jackie Stanavich and Gianna DeRose finished with 10 points apiece.

Emily Vallee led the Black Horses with 18 points.

Amsterdam 85, Schuylerville 38

Schuylerville 6 10 10 12 — 38

Amsterdam 28 15 21 21 — 85


Darrah 1-0-2, Haviland 2-2-6, Hough 1-0-2, Patrick 2-0-4, Phillips 1-0-2, Signor 2-0-4, Vallee 5-6-18. Totals: 14-8-38.


Beekman 0-5-5, DeRosa 3-3-10, Fedullo 2-0-4, Flint 1-2-4, Liverio 6-3-16, Lopez 1-0-2, May 3-2-9, Pritchard 9-5-25, Stanavich 5-0-10. Totals: 30-20-85.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 2 (Emily Vallee 2); Amsterdam 5 (Giulianna Pritchard 2, Antonia May, Lucia Liverio, Gianna DeRosa).

So. Glens Falls 48, Glens Falls 39

GLENS FALLS — South High led by a single points at the half and broke the game open with a 7-8 third-quarter run to pick up the Foothills Council victory.

The Bulldogs’ Makenzie Collier led all scorers with her 24-point performance, while Ally Buser finished with 10 and Emma Bovair chipped in with five.

Lexi Cutter led Glens Falls with 12 points, all coming from behind the 3-point arc. Cambrie Schliff added eight points and Anna Bayle and Sovereign Strickland finished with six points apiece.

South Glens Falls 48, Glens Falls 39

South Glens Falls 14 9 17 8 — 48

Glens Falls 10 12 8 9 — 39

South Glens Falls

Bovair 1-2-5, Breen 1-0-2, Buser 4-0-10, Collier 8-6-24, Hart 0-1-1, Ruby 2-0-4, Shaw 1-0-2. Totals: 17-9-48.

Glens Falls

Bayle 2-1-6, Cutter 4-0-12, Scarincio 2-0-4, Schliff 3-2-8, Strickland 2-0-6, Woodell 1-0-3. Totals: 14-3-39.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 5 (Ally Buser 2, Makenzie Collier 2, Emma Bovair); Glens Falls 8 (Lexi Cutter 4, Sovereign Strickland 2, Anna Bayle, Callie Woodell).

Mountain and Valley Conference

Wells 36, Minerva-Newcomb 10

NEWCOMB — Sierra Mauro led eight players who scored for Wells in Monday’s Mountain and Valley Conference basketball game at Minerva-Newcomb High School.

Mauro finished with 10 points to lead all scorers, while Jacelyn Scribner had eight and Keara O’Rourke finished with six.

Kate Wimberly finished with eight points for Minerva-Newcomb and Kiera Nunn had two points to account for the Mountaineers.

Wells 36, Minerva-Newcomb 10

Wells 9 4 8 15 — 36

Minerva-Newcomb 0 6 2 2 — 10


Braunius 2-0-4, Johnson 2-0-4, Scribner 3-2-8, Brown 2-0-4, Stuart 1-0-2, Robinson 1-0-2, O’Rourke 2-2-6, Mauro 4-2-10. Totals: 17-6-40.


Wimberly 4-0-8, Nunn 1-0-2. Totals: 5-0-10.

3-point goals: Wells none; Minerva-Newcomb none.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 26, Galway 20

JOHNSTOWN — Fontana LaCoppola finished with eight points to lead Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville to a victory over Galway in a Western Athletic Conference crossover contest Saturday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Carlee Horstmann scored 12 points to lead Galway, while Rachel Wnuk added six points.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 26, Galway 20

Galway 8 5 4 3- 20

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 4 5 9 8 – 26


Grant 1-0-2, Wnuk 3-0-6, Horstmann 4-3-12. Totals 8-3-20.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Hart 1-1-3, Harmon 2-1-5, Batisti 1-0-2, Richardson 1-0-3, Trumble 1-2-5, LaCoppola 4-0-8. Totals 10-4-26.

3-point goals: Galway 1 (Horstmann); Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 2 (Richardson, Trumble).