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Girls Basketball Roundup: Lady Braves top Mekeel Christian, 57-51

Fonda-Fultonville's Marilyn Whitcavitch (5) drives past Mekeel Christian Academy's Jillian Ballard during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — Having posted a win over Johnstown in its season opener Saturday, the Fonda-Fultonville girls basketball team was looking to get its Western Athletic Conference campaign off to a successful start Tuesday.

The Lady Braves started quickly against Mekeel Christian and held on for a 57-51 victory at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

“We closed the game against Johnstown well and we did a good job closing this one out as well,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Flip Boshart said.

Abby Lombardoni scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Fonda-Fultonville. She also pushed her career point total to 995.

Marilyn Whitcavitch had six points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lady Braves, Kyla Smith had 10 points and four steals, and Lyndsay Lombardoni posted nine points and five rebounds. Carly Atty added five points and five rebounds for FFCS.

Fonda-Fultonville's Avery Cusack (4) drives past Mekeel Christian Academy's Altagarcia DeLaRosa during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Avery Mills scored 22 points to lead Mekeel Christian, while Jillian Ballard (11 points) and Mikayla Mitchell (10) also hit double figures.

“Avery Mills is as talented as anyone in our league,” Boshart said.

Mills scored the first points of the game, hitting a 3-pointer to give her team a quick 3-0 lead.

The game was a see-saw battle in the early stages with eight lead changes or ties in the first six minutes.

Fonda-Fultonville got back-to-back 3-pointers from Abby Lombardoni to make it 14-10 with 1:31 left in the opening quarter as the Lady Braves outscored Mekeel 13-2 in the final two minutes of the first quarter to take a 21-12 lead.

Fonda-Fultonville's Carly Atty (2) is defended by Mekeel Christian Academy's Avery Mills (1) during Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference girls basketball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Abby Lombardoni finished the first quarter with 14 points for the Lady Braves.

“Abby [Lombardoni] came out lights out tonight,” Boshart said.

FFCS extended its advantage in the second quarter, outscoring Mekeel Christian 11-6 to take a 32-18 halftime lead.

Abby Lombardoni finished the first half with 21 points for the Lady Braves, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

Fonda-Fultonville got a basket from Smith to open the second half to make it 34-18, but Mekeel Christian steadily chipped away at its deficit throughout the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Braves 18-9 to trail 41-36 heading into the final quarter.

Mekeel Christian closed to within three points at 45-42 after opening the fourth quarter with a 6-4 burst.

FFCS kept Mekeel at bay, holding on for the 57-51 victory.

“In both games we had big leads and had to hold on,” Boshart said. “We didn’t panic and we were able to get two wins.”

Fonda-Fultonville (2-0 overall 1-1 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Schoharie on Friday for a 6 p.m. contest.

“This is great. It’s just the second game of the year, but this is a nice win for us,” Boshart said. “Mekeel Christian is one of the better teams in Class B. We’re hoping to see them again in the crossover game, but we’ve both got a lot of work to do until then.”

Mekeel Christian is scheduled to travel to Galway on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game.

Fonda-Fultonville 57, Mekeel Christian 51

Mekeel Christian 12 6 18 15 — 51

Fonda-Fultonville 21 11 9 16 — 57

Mekeel Christian

Mills 5-8-22, M. Mitchell 2-5-10, Ballard 4-1-11, Davis 1-4-6, DiCarlo 0-2-2. Totals 12-20-51.

Fonda-Fultonville

L. Lombardoni 3-3-9, Smith 4-0-10, Atty 1-3-5, Cusack 1-0-2, Whitcavitch 3-0-6, A. Lombardoni 6-9-25. Totals 18-15-57.

3-point goals: Mekeel Christian 7 (Mills 4, Ballard 2, M. Mitchell); Fonda-Fultonville 6 (A. Lombardoni 4, Smith 2).

Mayfield 68, Fort Plain 22

FORT PLAIN — Lindsey Hampton finished with 16 points to lead Mayfield to a WAC victory over Fort Plain.

Mayfield led 27-8 at the half on its way to the win.

Cloey Dopp had 12 points for the Panthers, Kelsey Meca scored 11 and Brianna Hubiak added 10 points.

Tiffany Hazzard finished with seven points to lead Fort Plain (0-2 overall, 0-1 WAC).

Mayfield 68, Fort Plain 22

Mayfield  6 21 22 19–68

Fort Plain     1  7  6  8–22

Mayfield

Yuret 3-2-8, Dopp 5-0-12, Hampton 6-1-16, Hubiak 4-1-10, Meca 2-5-11, Capano 2-0-4, S. Agerter 2-0-5, K. Agerter 1-0-2. Totals 25-9-68.

Fort Plain

Florian 2-0-4, Hazzard 3-1-7, Crouse 1-2-4, Conley 1-0-3, Vanasse 0-4-4. Totals 6-7-22.

3-point goals: Mayfield 9 (Hampton 3, Dopp 2, Meca 2, S. Agerter, Hubiak); Fort Plain 1 (Conley).

Northville 46, Canajoharie 35

NORTHVILLE — Brytney Moore and Morgan Mackey each scored 12 points to lead Northville to a WAC victory over Canajoharie.

The Lady Falcons outscored the Cougars 22-15 in the second half to earn the win.

Kerrigan Groff had seven points for Northville (2-2 overall, 1-0 WAC).

Victoria Adams, Kylee Rickard and Angelina Clark all scored eight points to lead Canajoharie (0-1 overall, 0-1 WAC).

Northville is scheduled to travel to Galway on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest, while Canajoharie is slated to travel to Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville for a 6 p.m. game.

Bishop Gibbons 60, OESJ 23

SCHENECTADY — Saige Randolph scored 15 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to a WAC victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

The Golden Knights led 21-2 after the first quarter on their way to the win.

Ryenne Relyea finished with 10 points for Bishop Gibbons, while Meg Kienzle added nine points.

Anderson Eggleston scored 10 points to lead OESJ.

Bishop Gibbons 60, OESJ 23

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 2 14 0 7 — 23

Bishop Gibbons 21 11 17 11 — 60

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

A. Eggleston 4-2-10, S. Eggleston 1-0-2, Escribah 1-0-3, Trumble 1-1-3, Wilson 1-0-3. Totals 8-3-23.

Bishop Gibbons

Corbin 0-2-2, Ford 2-1-5, Jackson 3-0-7, Kienzle 4-0-9, Megyeri 3-2-8, Randolph 7-1-15, Relyea 5-0-10, Tortello 1-0-2, VanAuken 1-0-2. Totals 26-6-60.

3-point goals: OESJ 2 (Escribah, Wilson); Bishop Gibbons 2 (Jackson, Kienzle).

Duanesburg 77, Middleburgh 33

MIDDLEBURGH — Madison Meyer scored 23 points to power Dianesburg to a WAC victory over Middleburgh.

The Eagles led 24-8 after one quarter and 53-16 at the half on their way to the win.

Hannah Mulhern and Allison O’Hanlon each had 17 points for Duanesburg, while Olivia Ruth added 13 points.

Alyssa Wayman scored 14 points to lead Middleburgh and Gianna Bynum added nine points.

Duanesburg 77, Middleburgh 33

Duanesburg 24 29 10 14 — 77

Middleburgh 8 8 2 15 — 33

Duanesburg

M. Meyer 9-2-23, T. Meyer 1-0-2, Miakisz 1-0-2, Moses 1-1-3, Mulhern 7-2-17, O’Hanlon 4-5-17, Ruth 5-3-13. Totals 28-13-77.

Middleburgh

Bynum 4-0-9, Ciafardo 0-2-2, Gasner 0-4-4, Haemmerle 1-0-2, Marsh 1-0-2, Wayman 3-5-14. Totals 9-12-33.

3-point goals: Duanesburg 8 (O’Hanlon 4, M. Meyer 3, Mulhern); Middleburgh 3 (Wayman 2, Bynum).

Non-league

Loudonville Christian 40, Galway 33

GALWAY — Skyler Househoulder finished with 20 points to lead Loudonville Christian to a non-league victory over Galway.

Loudonville Christian led 27-11 at the half on its way to the win.

Rachel Wnuk scored eight points to lead Galway, while Isabella Mancini and Julia Reedy each had six points.

Loudonville Christian 40, Galway 33

Loudonville Christian 10 17 8 5 — 40

Galway 8 3 12 10 — 33

Loudonville Christian

Foote 2-0-4, Hill 1-0-3, Househoulder 8-2-20, Paddock 1-0-2, Ralston 2-1-7, Temple 0-1-1, Woods 1-1-3. Totals 15-5-40.

Galway

Bishop 1-1-3, Despres 2-0-4, Mancini 3-0-6, Reedy 3-0-6, Reichard 0-1-1, Spadaro 2-0-5, Wnuk 3-2-8. Totals 14-4-33.

3-point goals: Loudonville Christian 5 (Househoulder 2, Ralston 2, Hill); Galway 1 (Spadaro).

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