Simsbury turns back B-P for Mayfield Holiday Tourney title

Broadalbin-Perth's Nyah Thompson (21) brings the ball upcourt against Simsbury's Sophia Rosenberg during the championship game of the Mayfield Holiday Basketball Tournament Thursday at Mayfield High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

MAYFIELD — The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots took on the Trojans from Simsbury (Conn.) in the championship game of the Mayfield Holiday Basketball Tournament Thursday night.

After a closely contested first half the Trojans blew the game open in the third quarter to run away with the championship by a score of 48-26.

Simsbury got 16 points from Kate Sullivan and 13 points from McKenna Finken to lead the Trojans.

Sophie Rosenberg started the game off with a quick basket for Simsbury but Emma Goebel made two foul shots for the Lady Patriots to tie the score.

The Trojans jumped out to a seven-point lead by way of Mary McElroy’s 3-pointer and a free throw, while Sullivan nailed her 3-point shot with 3:06 to go in the first quarter. Broadalbin-Perth closed the gap with a bucket from Makenzie Smith and Adrienne Morreale drove down the lane to score and make the score 9-6 at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter got off to a slow start with both defenses flexing their muscles.

At the 5:20 mark Rosenberg hit a jumper from the foul line to start things off and then Sullivan added another 3-pointer to extend the Simsbury lead to eight.

Sara Kline got the Lady Patriots on the board with a basket with 2:20 remaining in the half.

After Finken made a free throw, Nyah Thompson quickly put the Lady Patriots back in the game with back-to-back 3-point baskets to cut the lead to one.

Finken drove the baseline and scored to give the Trojans a 17-14 lead at halftime.

“That’s a very good team,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “Their man-to-man defense was tough.”

Simsbury coach, and former Broadalbin-Perth basketball player, Sam Zullo said, “Compared to the last couple of games we’ve played their zone was very active. They rotated well and we weren’t getting easy shots.”

The third quarter marked the turning point in the game as Simsbury outscored the Lady Patriots 19-4.

Finken and Sullivan combined for 14 points and McElroy added a bucket and a foul shot to help the Trojans to a 16-0 run. Thompson stopped the Simsbury onslaught with a bucket with 3:42 left in the quarter. Finken made two free throws and McElroy added one more for the Trojans to finish their scoring in the quarter.

Goebel picked up two more points for Broadalbin-Perth when she was fouled while driving to the hoop and made both foul shots making the score 36-18 as they entered the fourth quarter.

“We made a couple of adjustments at halftime,” Zullo said. “We tried to screen the top of that zone a little bit to try to get McKenna [Finken] involved. She did a great job and took over for us.”

Sullivan continued to shoot well for Simsbury adding another 3-point basket to start the fourth quarter and then Finken made a pair of free throws.

Broadalbin-Perth got four quick points when Smith scored on an inbounds pass and on their next possession, Morreale got an offensive rebound and put it back in.

Afua Arhin entered the game and made a 3-point basket for the Trojans to open up a 22-point lead with 3:35 remaining in the game.

The Lady Patriots got another basket from Smith and two free throws from Morreale to match the four points that Simsbury got from Jackie Ritz and Sullivan to end the game with the score 48-26.

“The first half was a game, but that third quarter was rough for us,” Gifford said. “We hung in there as long as we could but the second half just didn’t go our way.”

Gifford, who is doing double duty by coaching the Broadalbin-Perth girls and the boys teams, had to leave immediately after the game to travel to Mekeel Christian Academy where his boys team was getting set to take on Hudson.

The Patriots defeated Hudson 71-68 to advance to tonight’s championship game against host Mekeel Christian Academy.

In the tournament consolation game, host Mayfield defeated Galway 35-9.

Sydney Sheldon led the Lady Panthers with 11 points, while Camryn Meca and Kaylee Hampton finished with six points apiece.

Championship game

Broadalbin-Perth 26, Simsbury 48

Broadalbin-Perth 6 8 4 8 — 26

Simsbury 9 8 19 12 — 48


Goebel 0-4-4; Morreale 2-2-6; Kline 1-0-2; Thompson 3-0-8; Smith 3-0-6


McElroy 2-3-8; Rosenberg 2-2-6; Sullivan 5-2-16; Finken 3-7-13; Ritz 1-0-2; Arhin 1-0-3

3 point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Thompson 2); Simsbury 4 (McElroy 1; Sullivan 2; Arhin 1)

Consolation game

Mayfield 35, Galway 9

Galway 1 3 1 4 — 9

Mayfield 12 9 5 9 — 35


Droin 0-3-3, Montague 1-2-4, Wnuk 1-0-2. Totals: 2-5-9.


LaFontaine 0-1-1, L. Hampton 2-0-5, Meca 3-0-6, Sheldon 4-2-11, K. Hampton 2-0-6, LaGrange 2-0-4, Hart 0-1-1, Benton 0-1-1. Totals: 13-5-35.

3-point goals: Galway none; Mayfield 4 (Kaylee Hampton 2, Sydney Sheldon, Lindsey Hampton).

Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase

Cicero-North Syracuse 58,

Gloversville 49

AMSTERDAM — The Gloversville Lady Dragons held a 20-19 half-time advantage over Cicero-North Syracuse, but the Northstarts came out strong after the break and put up 21 third-quarter points to pull away for the 58-49 victory.

Alex Benfatti led the Lady Dragons with 12 points, while Harmony Philo hit a pair of 3-pointers in her 10-point performance and Kerri Hauser added 10 points.

Amani Free led the Northstars with her 18-point effort, while Jessica Cook finished with 12 points and Morgan Siechen hit a pair of 3-pointers in her seven-point effort.

Cicero-North Syracuse 58, Gloversville 49

Gloversville 8 12 15 14 — 49

Cicero-North Syracuse 11 8 21 18 — 58


Brown 3-0-7, Hauser 5-0-10, Philo 3-2-10, Langley 2-0-4, Lavery 2-2-6, Benfatti 4-3-12. Totals: 19-7-49.

Cicero-North Syracuse

Siechen 2-1-7, Kingsley 1-0-3, Feeney 1-2-4, Miller 1-0-2, Vassallo 2-2-7, Free 7-3-18, Cook 6-0-12, Rowe 2-1-5. Totals: 22-9-58.

3-point goals: Gloversville 4 (Harmony Philo 2, Gabrielle Brown, Alex Benfatti); Cicero-North Syracuse 5 (Morgan Siechen 2, Isabella Kingsley, Julianna Vassallo, Amani Free).

Adirondack Tournament

South Lewis 28, Dolgeville 26

BOONEVILLE — Michayla Millard poured in 13 of South Lewis’ 28 points to lead the Falcons to victory over Dolgeville in the consolation game of the Adirondack Tournament at Adirondack High School.

Rachael Lamphere and Hannah Stack paced Dolgeville with six points apiece, while Sandra Gonyea finished with five.

Abby Durgan added eight points to the Falcons scoring.

South Lewis 28, Dolgeville 26

Dolgeville 2 11 4 9 — 26

South Lewis 5 4 8 11 — 28


Kenyon 1-0-2, Gonyea1-2-5, B. Williams 2-0-4, R. Williams 1-1-3, Stack 3-0-6, Lamphere 3-0-6. Totals: 11-3-26.

South Lewis

Flynn 1-0-2, unzinger 1-0-3, Durgan 3-0-8, A. Williams 1-0-2, Millard 4-5-13. Totals: 10-5-28.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 1 (Sandra Gonyea); South Lewis 3 (Abby Durgan 2, Chloe Hunzinger).


Herkimer 58, Canajoharie 47

HERKIMER — Canajoharie’s Taya Yacobucci connected for a game-high 21 points but it was not enough as the lady Cougars fell to Herkimer Thursday afternoon at Herkimer High School.

Alana Ferri led Herkimer with 19 points and six assists, while Rebecca Judd had 17 points and six assists.

Herkimer 58, Canajoharie 47

Canajoharie 13 5 8 21 — 47

Herkimer 23 13 11 11 — 58


Sala 1-0-3, Yacobucci 7-4-21, Hartlieb 2-1-5, Gray 1-1-4, Koebla 2-1-6, rickard 1-0-2, Lathers 2-2-6. Totals: 16-9-47.


Gallager 1-0-2, Reinhardt 0-1-1, Helmer 1-0-2, Ferri 9-0-19, Jory 1-0-2, Cady 3-0-6, Kirkpatrick 3-0-6, Marusic 1-0-2, Judd 9-2-6-2-17, Ford 0-1-1. Totals: 25-4-58.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 6 (Yacobucci 3, Sala, Hartlieb, Gray); Herkimer 4 (Judd 3, Ferri).


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