Lady Rams cruise to third-straight victory

Stanavich, Gannon lead Amsterdam to 63-40 victory over Johnstown

Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) drives between Amsterdam's Antonia May (21) and Elena Fedullo (32) for a layup during Foothills Council action Thursday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — A fast start by the Amsterdam girls basketball team against Johnstown quickly put the Lady Rams coach Eric Duemler mind at ease a little bit.

The Lady Rams quickly put Johnstown in an 11-0 hole at the start of the game and continued to build their advantage and cruise to a 63-40 Foothills Council victory Thursday at Amsterdam High School.

“I was real worried coming into the game,” Coach Duemler said. “I know how hard Johnstown plays, and they always play aggressive defense. They’ve beaten us here in the past. I always worry about them. For us to come out and just cause havoc with our press the second game in a row and make layups, mix up our defenses, run the floor, that’s a lot of good things.”

Amsterdam (3-0 overall, 3-0 Foothills) broke out of the game with 11 unanswered points with Jackie Stanavich hitting for six of those points and Andi Gannon getting the other five. The Lady Bills broke the run with 2:52 left in the opening quarter when Jaden Wilson converted on a pair of free throws and Meghan Mraz followed with a 3-pointer. The Lady Rams closed out the quarter with an eight-point run to push the led to 19-5.

The Lady Rams used an aggressive press to force a series of turnovers by Johnstown, which they finished to help extend their lead to 39-19 at the break.

Johnstown's Sadie Blowers (24) drives past Amsterdam's Sydney Hoefs during Foothills Council action Thursday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Amsterdam kept up the pace up at the start of the second half, pouring in eight unanswered points before Anna Lee hit a pair of free throws for Johnstown to put the score at 47-21. The Lady Rams again went on a run, outscoring Johnstown 12-3 to take a 59-24 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

Duemler utilized his reserves in the final quarter and the Lady Bills capitalized five players putting scores in the book to outscore the Lady Rams 16-4 and put the final score at 63-40.

“We got beat at every phase of the game. They played quicker, faster and stronger from the start of the game,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “That creates turnovers, poor shot selection and poor offense. We couldn’t deal with their pressure. I am disappointed. We need to play better and we talked about it. Amsterdam is a great team. Hats off to them. They do a nice job. We have played each other for 13 years and know what each other brings. It just comes down to quicker, faster, stronger.”

Lee led the Johnstown scorers with 14 points, while Meghan Mraz had six and Abby Vanderwalker finished with four points.

“There are no comfort zones on the court with them,” Derwin said. “You have got to play and match their pace and we couldn’t tonight. We look to shake this one off and go up to Glens Falls and be very competitive.”

Johnstown's Anna Lee makes a move while under pressure from Amsterdam's Charli Beekman (5) and Andi Gannon (11) during Thursday's Foothills Council game at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Stanavich paced Amsterdam with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. while Gannon finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven deflections and Antonia May chipped in with nine points and seven steals. Defensively, the Lady Rams forced 25 Johnstown turnovers.

Amsterdam will travel to place South Glens Falls Monday before heading to Glens Falls on Thursday. Johnstown (2-2 overall, 1-2 Foothills) will travel to play Glens Falls on Monday before heading to play Broadalbin-Perth Thursday.

Amsterdam 63, Johnstown 40

Johnstown 5 14 5 16 — 40

Amsterdam 19 20 20 4 — 63

Johnstown's Abby VandeWalker (12) follows the play as the Lady Bills Jaden Wilson (1) brings the ball upcourt while under pressure from Amsterdam's Andi Gannon (11) during Foothills Council action Thursday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Johnstown

Baldwin 1-1-3, Blowers 1-0-2, Lamori 1-0-2, Lee 4-5-14, Mraz 2-1-6, Sasaki 1-0-2, Vanderwalker 2-0-4, VanValkenburgh 1-0-2, Wilson 0-3-3. Totals: 14-10-40.

Amsterdam

Beekman 1-3-5, Carmona 0-1-1, Fedullo 2-2-6, Gannon 8-1-17, K. Hoefs 2-0-4, Lopez 1-0-3, May 2-5-9, Stanavich 6-6-18. Totals: 22-18-63.

3-point goals: Johnstown 2 (Meghan Mraz, Anna Lee); Amsterdam 1 (Kim Lopez).

Amsterdam's Jackie Stanavich (10) grabs a defensive rebound during Thursday's Foothills Council game against Johnstown at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville 51,

Scotia-Glenville 29

SCOTIA — Harmony Philo connected for four 3-pointers in a 23-point performance to lead Gloversville to its second-straight league victory Thursday at Scotia-Glenville High School.

Kendra Lavery added 18 points for the 1-2 Lady Dragons.

Asia Winney led Scotia-Glenville with 12 points..

Gloversville will host Queensbury (3-0) on Monday before facing Schuylerville (0-3) at Gloversville High School.

Gloversville 51, Scotia-Glenville 29

Gloversville 7 16 11 17 — 51

Scotia-Glenville 6 9 8 6 — 29

Gloversville

Avery 0-2-2, Christman 2-0-4, M. Jones 1-0-2, Philo 7-5-23, Lavery 7-4-18, Mee 1-0-2. Totals: 18-11-51.

Scotia-Glenville

Charnews 2-0-4, O’Neil 4-0-8, Wilson 2-0-5, Winney 5-0-12. Totals: 13-0-29.

3-point goals: Gloversville 4 (Harmony Philo 4); Scotia-Glenville 3 (Asia Winney 2, Kaitlyn Wilson).

South Glens Falls 45, Broadalbin-Perth 35

BROADALBIN-PERTH — South High connected for 10 3-pointers and put up 16 fourth-quarter points in its Foothills Council victory Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth High School

Sydney Hart delivered five 3s in her game-high 26-point performance, while Hannah Breen had five 3-pointers for her 15 points.

Makenzie Smith led Broadalbin-Perth (0-3) with 20 points, while Caroline Iannotti finished with five points.

South Glens Falls 45, Broadalbin-Perth 35

South Glens Falls 19 5 5 16 — 45

Broadalbin-Perth 16 7 5 7 — 35

South Glens Falls

Bovair 0-1-1, Breen 5-0-15, Hart 7-7-26, Lanfear 1-1-3. Totals: 13-9-45.

Broadalbin-Perth

Goebel 1-0-2, Grainer 0-1-1, Iannotti 2-0-5, McDonald 1-0-3, Palmatier 0-2-2, Smith 7-6-20, Stigberg 1-0-2. Totals: 12-9-35.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 10 (Hannah Breen 5, Sydney Hart 5); Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Caroline Iannotti, Allison McDonald).

Queensbury 70, Schuylerville 18

SCHUYLERVILLE — Queensbury broke out to a 46-7 halftime lead and coasted to victory Thursday at Schuylerville High School.

Hailey Ballard led 10 Queensbury scorers with 20 points, while Abby Doin had five 3-pointers in her 17-point effort.

Maggie McShane led Schuylerville (0-3) with six points, while Makylee Haviland added five points for the Black Horses.

Queensbury 70, Schuylerville 18

Queensbury 27 19 12 12 — 70

Schuylerville 5 2 8 3 — 18

Queensbury

Ballard 10-0-20, Doin 6-0-17, F. Hunt 2-2-6, K. Hunt 3-0-6, Kinney 1-0-2, Murray 2-0-5, Nassivera 1-0-2, O’Connor 1-0-2, Pepe 1-0-3, Sullivan 3-1-7. Totals: 30-3-70.

Schuylerville

Barton 1-1-3, Haviland 2-1-5, McShane 2-0-6, Vautin 1-0-2, Vianese 1-0-2. Totals: 7-2-18.

3-point goals: Queensbury 7 (Abby Doin 5, Shea Murray, Jasmin Pepe); Schuylerville 2 (Maggie McShane 2).

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