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Strong start propels Lady Rams past Lady Bills

Amsterdam's Sydney Hoefs is pressured by Johnstown's Abbygail Vandewalker (12) as she brings the ball upcourt during Foothills Council action Friday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — The “next player up” mentality is a good attitude to have but one you never hope to use.

For the Amsterdam Lady Rams they had to apply this mentality in their 56-42 victory over the Johnstown Lady Bills in a Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School on Friday night.

After scoring nine points in the opening quarter, Amsterdam’s Jaclyn Stanavich would go down with an injury. She would not return for the remainder of the game.

“We needed everyone to step up, because Jaclyn is one of our key players,” Amsterdam head coach Eric Duemler said.

Even though they were without Stanavich, the Lady Rams went on to dominate the first quarter, limiting Johnstown to just two points, while finishing the quarter with 19.

Johnstown's Kanako Sasaki, left, pressures Amsterdam's Andie Gannon (11) as she puts up a shot during Friday's Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

“It’s very hard to battle out of that after we dug ourselves into that hole,” Johnstown head coach Tim Derwin said. “A lot of it is unforced errors and stuff we are doing to ourselves and we were prepared to break the press but we just didn’t execute.”

Aiding in the strong quarter was the stifling defense of Amsterdam as they forced the Lady Bills into 14 first quarter turnovers.

“Our team is really based off of our defensive packages and different things we use to create pressure,” Duemler said. “If we aren’t getting turnovers and aren’t getting the stops on the defensive end it really effects what we do on offense.”

The Lady Bills woke up in the second quarter and would get their first made basket with a three from Meghan Mraz. Mraz would be the sparkplug off the bench, scoring 10 points in the quarter after she replaced starting guard Sarah Pratt who was sitting due to early foul trouble.

“She had a breakout game and I am really proud of her,” Derwin said. “She shot the three ball very well and more importantly she played good man defense and gave us a spark off the bench that we needed.”

Amsterdam's Jackie Stanavich (10) puts up a shots while under pressure from Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) as the Lady Rams Antonia May (21) and the Lady Bills' Jaden Wilson (1) close in on the play during Foothills Council action Friday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

With the halftime score sitting at 30-18 in favor of the Lady Rams, Johnstown had issues taking care of the ball yet again committing eight turnovers.

At the top of the Amsterdam 1-3-1 zone defense was Antonia May who made it difficult on the Lady Bills guards. She added five points on the other end of the floor and finished with six points total.

Facing an uphill battle trailing by 15 points, Johnstown’s Anna Lee got going offensively, connecting on two consecutive 3-point attempts and cut the deficit to within nine points.

“She struggled early on with turnovers as well,” Derwin said. “Once she saw the ball go in the basket late in the second quarter it really got her going in the good second half.”

Lee would end the night with a team high 12 points.

Amsterdam turned to their guard Andie Gannon to provide the offense and close the game out. Gannon went on to score seven of the Lady Rams final 12 points. She led all scorers with 16 points.

“She was phenomenal and active as usual,” Duemler said. “Scoring 16 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and getting eight steals, she was all over the place tonight.”

With this win, the Lady Rams extend their winning streak to four games and look to continue it when they host South Glens Falls next Friday.

“We want to stay on this win streak because when we play Queensbury we want that to be for the championship,” Duemler said.

Unfortunately for Johnstown, they suffered their fourth-straight loss and will look to get back in the win column Friday when the Lady Bills host Glens Falls.

“We played well in certain stretches of this game and we just have to continue to build going forward,” Derwin said.

Amsterdam 56, Johnstown 42

Amsterdam 17 17 14 12 — 56

Johnstown 2 16 11 13 — 42

Amsterdam

Stanavich 3-3-9, Gannon 6-4-16, S. Hoefs 3-0-6, K. Hoefs 2-0-4, May 1-4-6, Fedullo 7-1-15. Totals 26-12-56.

Johnstown

Lee 4-2-12, Mraz 3-1-10, Sasaki 2-0-4, Tesi 4-0-8, VanValkenburgh 2-0-4, Wilson 1-2-4. Totals 16-5-52.

3-point goals: Amsterdam — none; Johnstown 5 (Mraz 3, Lee 2).

WAC

Mayfield 60, Northville 43

MAYFIELD — Katie LaGrange scored 19 points to power Mayfield to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Northville.

The Lady Panthers trailed 15-11 after one quarter but outscored the Lady Falcons, 21-7 in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Lindsey Hampton scored 14 points for Mayfield (9-7 overall, 4-5 WAC), while Adriana Yuret and Kelsey Meca each had eight points.

Kerrigan Groff scored 11 points to lead Northville (6-10 overall, 1-8 WAC), while Brytney Moore netted 10 points. Jessica Miller finished with nine points for the Lady Falcons and Brianna Bace added eight points.

Northville is slated to host Loudonville Christian on Tuesday in a non-league contest at 5 p.m.

Mayfield 60, Northville 43

Northville 15 7 7 14 — 43

Mayfield 11 21 10 18 — 60

Northville

Frasier 1-0-3, Bace 3-2-8, Moore 4-2-10, Miller 4-1-9, Groff 5-1-11, Mackey 1-0-2. Totals 17-8-43.

Mayfield

Yuret 3-2-8, LaFontaine 2-15, Hampton 5-4-14, Miller 1-0-2, Meca 2-4-8, Agerter 2-0-4, LaGrange 8-2-19. Totals 23-13-60.

3-point goals: Northville 1 (Frasier); Mayfield 1 (LaGrange).

Canajoharie 58, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 43

CANAJOHARIE — Mackenzie Bowerman scored 13 points to lead Canajoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Alexz Lathers and Taya Yacobucci each had nine points for the Lady Cougars (6-8 overall, 3-6 WAC).

Alexis Wright scored 23 points to lead Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Canajoharie 58, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 43

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 7 14 6 16 — 43

Canajoharie 13 17 15 13 — 58

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Meacham 2-2-7, Morrow 1-0-2, Smith 2-0-4, Ga. Tymchyn 1-0-3, Gr. Tymchyn 2-0-4, Wright 9-5-23. Totals 17-7-43.

Canajoharie

Bowerman 5-3-13, Fowler 3-1-7, Hartlieb 2-1-6, Lathers 4-1-9, Rickard 1-0-2, Rebello 0-2-2, Yacobucci 3-2-9. Totals 18-10-58.

3-point goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo 2 (Ga. Tymchyn, Meacham); Canajoharie 2 (Hartlieb, Yacobucci).

Fonda-Fultonville 55, Bishop Gibbons 41

SCHENECTADY — Abby Lombardoni scored 12 points to lead Fonda-Fultonville to a WAC victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.

The Lady Braves had nine different players score on their way to their fifth straight win.

Marilyn Whitcavitch and Alyssa Duval each had eight points for Fonda-Fultonville (11-3 overall, 8-1 WAC), while Jillian Wilder and Avery Cusack each finished with seven points.

Ava Megyeri scored 15 points to lead Bishop Gibbons.

Fonda-Fultonville is scheduled to face Adirondack today at Fulton-Montgomery Community College as part of the Section II-Section III Challenge. Adirondack won the previous meeting at Herkimer College, 48-35, on Dec. 15.

Fonda-Fultonville 55, Bishop Gibbons 41

Fonda-Fultonville 8 18 14 15 — 55

Bishop Gibbons 9 7 11 14 — 41

Fonda-Fultonville

Atty 2-0-5, Cusack 3-1-7, Duval 3-1-8, Elson 0-2-2, A. Lombardoni 5-0-12, Kal. Smith 1-2-4, Kay. Smith 1-0-2, Whitcavitch 4-0-8, Wilder 3-1-7. Totals 22-7-55.

Bishop Gibbons

Ford 2-0-4, Jira 1-0-2, A. Kienzle 3-0-7, M. Kienzle 1-0-3, Megyeri 4-6-15, Relyea 2-2-6, VanAuken 2-0-4. Totals 15-8-41.

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville 4 (A. Lombardoni 2, Atty, Duval); Bishop Gibbons 3 (A. Kienzle, M. Kienzle, Megyeri).

Duanesburg 73, Galway 36

DELANSON — Madison Meyer scored 25 points to power Duanesburg to a WAC victory over Galway.

Duanesburg outscored 26-7 in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Allison O’Hanlon finished with 19 points for Duanesburg (6-2 WAC), while Olivia Ruth had 10 points.

Julia Reedy scored eight points to lead Galway (1-13 overall, 1-7 WAC), while Emma Smith and Morgan Drouin each had seven points.

Duanesburg 73, Galway 36

Galway 11 7 8 10 — 36

Duanesburg 15 26 18 14 — 73

Galway

Drouin 2-2-7, Mancini 2-0-4, Reedy 4-0-8, Ripepi 2-0-5, Smith 3-0-7, Wnuk 2-1-5. Totals 15-3-36.

Duanesburg

Hack 1-0-2, Loukides 2-0-4, M. Meyer 9-4-25, T. Meyer 3-0-6, O’Hanlon 7-0-19, Quiernan 1-0-2, Ruth 4-2-10, Schaeffer 2-1-5. Totals 29-7-73.

3-point goals: Galway 3 (Drouin, Ripepi, Smith); Duanesburg 8 (O’Hanlon 5, Meyer 3).

MVAC

Lake Placid 42, Wells 36

LAKE PLACID — Deidra Kellerman scored 15 points to lead Lake Placid to a Mountain and Valley Conference victory over Wells on Thursday.

Sierra Mauro scored 19 points to lead Wells (6-6 overall).

Lake Placid 42, Wells 36

Lake Placid

Tavares 4-0-9, Kellerman 4-5-13, Bashaw 2-2-6, Crawford 3-2-9, Cecunjanin 2-1-5. Totals 15-10-42.

Wells

Brown 2-0-4, Stuart 2-0-4, Robinson 2-0-4, O’Rourke 2-1-5, Mauro 8-3-19. Totals: 16-4-36.

3-point goals: Lake Placid 2 (Tavares, Crawford); Wells –none.

Halftime: Lake Placid, 22-21.

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