Girls Basketball Roundup: Johnstown holds off South Glens Falls

Johnstown's Sarah Pratt (3) launches a 3-pointer as the first half of Monday's Foothills Council game against South Glens Falls end. Pratt made the shot to give the Lady Bills a 30-17 lead at intermission. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Lady Bills played a dominant first half against South Glens Falls but had to hold off a second half surge by the Bulldogs to get away with a 50-45 victory in Foothills Council action Monday night.

The Lady Bills held a 30 -17 lead at halftime but the Bulldogs charged back to tie the game in the fourth quarter before a solid effort from Amber Tesi led Johnstown to the win.

After Jaden Wilson got the Lady Bills on the board with a pair of free throws Courtney Robarge answered with a bucket for the Bulldogs.

Then the Lady Bills started opening the game up. Abbygail VandeWalker cut down the lane for a score and Tesi added a foul shot. Two more free throws from VandeWalker gave Johnstown a quick five-point lead. Hannah Breen stopped the Lady Bills run with a basket but Anna Lee banked in a 3-pointer and VandeWalker hit a baseline jumper to extend the Johnstown lead to eight. Robarge drove in for a basket and a foul but injured her knee on the play. Caroline Kimmell replaced her and made the free throw. Kanako Sasaki quickly answered with a three-point shot and Lee got open under the basket for another two points to put Johnstown up by 10. After Zoe Lanfear scored on a fast break, Tesi closed out the quarter with a bucket to make the score 19-9 after the first quarter.

Sydney Hart scored for the Bulldogs to start the second quarter but Sasaki kept the Lady Bills momentum going with a three pointer and Wilson scored from the corner giving Johnstown a 13-point lead. The Bulldogs got two free throws and a three-point basket from Hart and a foul shot from Molly Raferty but Johnstown closed out the half with a basket by Wilson, a Tesi free throw and a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Sarah Pratt.

Johnstown's Abby VanValkenburgh (23) battles South Glens Falls' Zoe Lanfear (14) for a rebound during Monday's Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The third quarter did not go as well for the Lady Bills.

Johnstown coach Tim Derwin addressed his team during halftime.

“We talked about it. The first three minutes of the third quarter are important,” he said. “The first three trips up the floor, we had three turnovers.”

The Lady Bills were outscored 15-4 in the quarter with Wilson and Sasaki scoring Johnstown’s only points. Meanwhile, South Glens Falls picked up their pace and worked their way back into the game. For the Bulldogs, Breen poured in seven points, Hart tallied six and Kimmell added two to draw within two of the Lady Bills entering the fourth quarter.

“The things that worked well for us in the first half, they adjusted to and when we over extended ourselves, they made back cuts and ran on us,” Derwin said.

Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) and South Glens Falls' Hannah Breen (1) chase down a loose ball during Monday's Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The fourth quarter got busy quickly. After Emma Bovair made a foul shot for the Bulldogs and Wilson responded with a basket for Johnstown, Hart nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 36 with 6:56 to go in the game. The Lady Bills then went on a 10-0 run to give them some breathing room. Lee made a pair of foul shots, Wilson hit a three-point shot and Tesi kept getting rebounds and scoring under the basket along with a free throw to make the score 46-36.

“We figured their zone out and we got the ball to her,” Derwin said of Tesi. “I thought that, the plays she made, she made because she was just plain quicker.”

The Bulldogs roared back getting two three pointers and three free throws from Hart to get back to within one with 25 seconds remaining. However, Tesi and Abigail VanValkenburgh each added two free throws to close out the scoring and secure the win for the Lady Bills.

Wilson led the Lady Bills with 13 points while Tesi added 11. Hart was the games top scorer, pouring in 25 for the Bulldogs. Johnstown (2-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) will travel to Amsterdam on Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest.

Johnstown 50, South Glens Falls 45

South Glens Falls 9 8 15 13 — 45

Johnstown 19 11 4 16 — 50

South Glens Falls

Breen 3-3-9, Hart 7-7-25, Robarge 2-0-4, Lanfear 1-0-2, Bovair 0-1-1, Raferty 0-1-1, Kimmell 1-1-3. Totals 14-13-45.


Wilson 5-2-13, Pratt 1-0-3, Lee 2-2-7, Sasaki 3-0-8, VandeWalker 2-2-6, Tesi 3-5-11, VanValkenburgh 0-2-2. Totals 16-13-50.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 4 (Hart 4); Johnstown 5 (Sasaki 2, Lee, Pratt, Wilson).


Northville 53, Bolton 47

NORTHVILLE — Kerrigan Groff finished with 19 points to propel Northville to a non-league victory over Bolton.

Brytney Moore scored 14 points for the Lady Falcons (3-0 overall), while Morgan Mackey added 11 points.

Katelyn Van Auken scored 19 points to lead Bolton, while Maria Baker added 17 points.

Northville 53, Bolton 47

Bolton 14 9 11 14 — 47

Northville 11 13 14 15 — 53


Van Auken 8-1-19, Baker 7-2-17, Pfay 1-0-3, Mantz 1-0-2, McGarr 2-0-4, Showers 1-0-2. Totals 20-3-47.


G. Forsey 1-1-3, J. Forsey 2-0-4, Frasier 1-0-2, Groff 6-7-19, Mackey 3-5-11, Moore 4-6-14. Totals 17-19-53.

3-point goals: Bolton 4 (Van Auken 2, Baker, Pfay); Northville — none.

Warrensburg 62, Galway 16

WARRENSBURG — Abigail Ranous scored 17 points to lead Warrensburg to a non-league victory over Galway.

Megan Hughes finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and three assists for Warrensburg (3-0 overall), Sara Langworthy had 12 points and Hope Boland had 11 points and six assists.

Isabella Mancini scored six points to lead Galway (0-3 overall).

Warrensburg 62, Galway 16

Galway 4 3 1 8 — 16

Warrensburg 16 11 26 9 — 62


Mancini 2-2-6, Smith 1-0-3, Reedy 1-0-2, Grant 1-0-2, Pakatar 1-0-1, DesPres 0-1-1. Totals 6-3-16.


Boland 5-0-11, Ab. Ranous 7-2-17, Curtis 1-0-2, Au. Ranous 1-0-2, Langworthy 4-2-12, Hughes 5-3-13, Olden 1-0-3, Baker 1-0-2. Totals 25-7-62.

3-point goals: Galway 1 (Smith); Warrensburg 5 (Langworthy 2, Boland, Ab. Ranous, Olden