Third-quarter surge lifts Lady Rams past Gloversville

Amsterdam tops Lady Dragons, 67-43

Gloversville's Harmony Philo (10) fights off the double-team by Amsterdam's Charli Beekman (5) and Sydney Hoefs (12) to get off a shot during Thursday's Foothills Council game at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Lady Rams opened their second trip through the Foothills Council the same way they opened their first trip, with a victory over Gloversville.

The Lady Rams broke open a close game at half time with a 20-9 third-quarter run to defeat Gloversville 67-43 Thursday night at Amsterdam High School.

Jackie Stanavich set the tone early for Amsterdam, driving to the hoop for seven of the Lady Rams’ first nine points, while Harmony Philo put up the Lady Dragons first three points.

Gloversville cut the Lady Rams’ lead to three before suffering an offensive set back as Philo picked up her third foul with just over a minute left in the opening quarter.

Amsterdam was unable to take advantage of the Gloversville team-leader being on the bench as the Lady Dragons stepped up their defensive efforts to keep the Lady Rams within striking distance.

Gloversville's Maddie Avery (11) eyes the basket as she cuts between Amsterdam's Sydney Hoefs (12) and Jackie Stanavich during Thursday's Foothills council game at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Philo returned to the court with 5:41 left to play in the half and Amsterdam leading 21-10 and sparked a 10-1 run by Gloversville, picking up two assists and knocking down six of her nine first-half points, to trim Amsterdam’s lead to 22-20.

The Lady Rams regrouped behind Stanavich and Antonia May to close out the half with a 6-3 run and take a 28-23 lead into the locker room at the break.

“It happened in the first game of the year too where she [Philo] got in foul trouble and it was our chance to pick it up but it didn’t happen,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “Their kids picked it up. Kendra [Lavery] I am sure hurt us in the second quarter.”

Gloversville coach Molly D’Arcy was pleased with the way her team picked up its intensity with their leader on the bench.

“Especially in the first half I was happy with the way our girls rallied,” she said. “It is never easy having Harmony on the bench for the scoring end. But defensively they were aware in the first half but the third quarter got away from us and our awareness wasn’t at its peak.”

The teams exchanged baskets and turnovers early in the second half.

Philo hit a 3-pointer with 5:44 left in the third quarter that Antonia May answered with a 3-pointer for the Lady Rams to spark a 14-4 run to build a 48-32 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Kim Lopez continued the run, opening the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer as the Lady Rams closed out the 67-43 league victory.

“We talk a lot about rebounding and we weren’t crashing the boards and they got a lot of put backs,” D’Arcy said. “In the first half I don’t remember them getting a lot of fast breaks but in the third and fourth quarter they really opened up their game. Our game plan just didn’t pan out in the second half.”

Lavery led the Gloversville scoring with 22 points, while Philo added 16 points including two 3-pointers to bring her career total to 243, five away from tying the Section II career 3-point record of 248 set by Troy’s Kiana Patterson n 2015.

The Lady Rams forced the Gloversville ball handlers to turn the ball over 28 times in the game.

“Our defense definitely picked up the intensity,” Duemler said. “Boxing out, getting the defensive rebound and then running, we’re good in transition. Limiting them to one shot at a time and then being able to run and use our athleticism, that was the difference-maker.”

Stanavich finished with a game-high 24 points to go with seven steals and seven rebounds, while Andie Gannon chipped in with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and May added 11 points for the Lady Rams.

Gloversville (9-4 overall, 7-3 Foothills) returns to action Monday when the Lady Dragons visit Glens Falls before returning home to play Scotia-Glenville on Thursday.

Amsterdam (10-2 overall, 9-1 Foothills) will take to the road to play Broadalbin-Perth on Monday and Johnstown next Friday.

Amsterdam 67, Amsterdam 43

Gloversville 10 13 9 11 — 43

Amsterdam 15 13 20 19 — 67


Christman 0-2-2, A. Jones 1-0-2, M. Jones 0-1-1, Philo 6-2-16, Lavery 8-6-22. Totals: 15-11-43.


Carmona 1-0-3, Lopez 1-0-3, Beekman 1-0-2, Stanavich 9-6-24, Gannon 7-2-16, K. Hoefs 1-0-2, May 4-1-11, Fedullo 3-0-6. Totals: 27-9-67.

3-point goals: Gloversville 2 (Harmony Philo 2); Amsterdam 4 (Antonia May 2, Madi Carmona, Kim Lopez).

Broadalbin-Perth 37, Glens Falls 34

GLENS FALLS — Broadalbin-Perth rallied from a four-point deficit enter the fourth quarter to defeat Glens Falls in Foothills Council action Thursday night at Glens Falls High School.

Caroline Ianotti led the Lady Patriots with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, while Mackenzie Smith finished with seven.

Lexi Cutter hit five 3-pointers for 15 points to lead Glens Falls, while Anna Bayle chipped in with 12 points.

Broadalbin-Perth 37, Glens Falls 34

Broadalbin-Perth 8 6 8 15 — 37

Glens Falls 8 4 14 8 — 34


Grainer 1-0-2, Goebel 2-1-5, Iannotti 4-2-13, Morreale 2-0-5, Palmateer 2-1-5, Smith 3-1-7. 14-5-37.

Glens Falls

Cutter 5-0-15, Benway 1-0-2, Bayle 6-0-12, Williams 2-1-5. Totals: 14-1-34.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 4 (Caroline Iannotti 3, Morreale); Glens Falls 5 (Lexi Cutter 5).

South Glens Falls 65, Schuylerville 28

SCHUYLERVILLE — Sydney Hart hit four 3-pointers in her game-high 24 points to lead South Glens Falls to victory over Schuylerville Thursday night at Schuylerville High School.

Eliza Barton led Schuylerville with nine points, while Maggie McShane added seven points.

Haley Breen added four 3-pointers in her 14-point effort for the Bulldogs.

South Glens Falls 65, Schuylerville 28

South Glens Falls 14 15 17 19 — 65

Schuylerville 5 4 9 10 — 28

South Glens Falls

Hannah Breen 2-0-6, Haley Breen 5-0-14, Hart 8-4-24, Robarge 2-0-4, Zantear 2-0-4, Bovair 0-2-2, Rafferty 1-4-7, Kimmell 1-2-4. Totals: 21-12-65.


Vautrin 1-1-3, Barton 4-0-9, Phillips 1-0-3, Headen 2-0-4, McShane 3-0-7, Baldwin 1-0-2. Totals: 12-1-28.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 11 (Haley Breen 4, Hart 4, Hannah Breen 2, Rafferty); Schuylerville 3 (Eliza Barton, Hunter Phillips, Maggie McShane).