Mitchell leads Lady Tartans to 57-53 win over Johnstown

Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) shoots over Scotia-Glenville's Morgan Nichter (24) during Thursday's Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — It’s not how you start, but how you finish. For the Scotia-Glenville Lady Tartans, they would emulate this phrase as they would narrowly escape a Foothills Council contest against the Johnstown Lady Bills with a 57-53 victory last night at Johnstown High School.

With the score tied at 43 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lady Tartans three-game winning streak was on the line.

Starting off the quarter, Scotia-Glenville used an 8-0 run to get the jump on the Lady Bills. The eight-point run was fueled by the hot shooting of Ashlyn O’Neil who drilled two consecutive 3-pointers.

Johnstown, however, managed to fight back and used a 12-0 run to recapture the lead late into the quarter.

With under a minute left and the score tied at 53, the Lady Tartans turned to their guard Mikyla Mitchell to hit the game winning floater with 18.7 left in regulation, even though they had a full shot clock to work with.

“That’s Mikyla Mitchell, being Miklya Mitchell,” said Scotia-Glenville head coach Megan Bowman. “I even asked her if she heard me tell her to pull it out and she said ‘yes, but I had a lane,’ and it is so great to have a player like that and to have a player to have that much confidence like that is huge.”

To start the game, the Lady Bills would look to their starting point-guard Anna Lee to get them going offensively as she would score eight of the teams 17 points.

She would end the night with 12 points, the teams second highest next to Jaden Wilson’s 14.

“As she goes, we go,” said Johnstown head coach Tim Derwin. “She dictates the pace both defensively and offensively and it was good because we wanted to get things going in transition today and felt we got some good movement in that area tonight.”

In the second quarter, trailing by two points, Scotia-Glenville would take another punch from the Lady Bills as they would head into half-time trailing by seven points.

Coming out of the locker-room, adjustments were made for the Lady Tartans as they were able to climb back in the game and tie the game heading into the final quarter.

One of those adjustments was getting Mitchell more involved as she was held to only eight points in the first half. She would score six in the quarter and finish her night with a game-high 19 points.

“We had to make the adjustment to them driving the ball,” said Bowman. “We were kind of baiting them into outside shots and then we had to get the help to where it needed to be from that moment on.”

For Johnstown, they fall to 5-6 and look to bounce back when they travel to South Glen Falls to take on the Lady Bulldogs Monday night.

The Lady Tartans will look to keep their winning ways going Monday night when they host the undefeated Queensbury Lady Spartans.

Scotia-Glenville 57, Johnstown 53

Scotia-Glenville 15 10 18 14 — 57

Johnstown 17 15 11 10 — 53

Scotia-Glenville

M. Mitchell 6-6-19, Corker 1-1-4, O’Neil 4-0-10, Winney 3-0-7, Nichter 0-2-2, P. Mitchell 1-0-3, Wilson 3-2-8, Peszkiewicz 1-0-2, Hernendez 1-0-2. Totals: 20-11-57.

Johnstown

Lee 5-2-12, Sasaki 2-0-5, tesi 5-3-13, Vanderwalker 2-0-4, VanValkenburgh 0-2-2, Wilson 6-2-14. Totals: 21-9-53.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 6 (Ashlyn O’Neil 2, Mikyla Mitchell, Jazmyne Corker, Alic Winney, Promise Mitchell); Johnstown 2 (Meghan Mraz, Kanako Sasaki).

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