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Lady Bills romp to 76-34 Foothills Council victory over Schuylerville

Schuylerville's Anya Vautrin, (1), Lauren King and Macey Koval (12) close on Johnstown's Meghan Mraz (21) as she drives to the hoop during Foothills Council action Thursday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — After dropping their Foothills Council opener to Amsterdam, the Johnstown Lady Bills have put together an early-season win streak.

Powered by Anna Lee’s 25 point performance the Lady Bills posted their third-straight league victory with a 76-34 rout of Schuylerville Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

The Lady Bills (3-2 overall, 3-1 Foothills) wasted little time putting points on the board as Kanako Sasaki finished a pass from Anna Lee 10 seconds into the game for a quick 2-0 lead and Jaden Wilson finished a drive off a Schuylerville turnover before Meghan Mraz hit a 3-pointer to stake Johnstown to a 707 lead just 90 seconds into the game.

Macey Koval put the Black Horses on the board with a field goal and a pair of free throws to trim the lead to 7-4.

The Lady Bills responded with 11 unanswered points to build their lead to 18-4 early in the second quarter before Eliza Barton broke the run with a free throw.

Schuylerville's Macey Koval (12) pressures Johnstown's Anna Lee as she brings the ball upcourt during Foothills Council action Thursday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Johnstown’s defense kept the Black Horses in check as Lee connected for 10 second-quarter points to help build the Lady Bills’ lead to 37-11 by the halftime break.

“I was very happy they were running out plays all the way through,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “The ball movement was good. It was not one pass and a shot. I was very happy with that.”

Schuylerville came off the break strong and got unanswered baskets from Barton and Makylee Haviland.

Lee broke the Schuylerville run two minutes into the quarter, hitting a pair of baskets in less than 20 seconds to rekindle the Lady Bills offense and build a 57-25 advantage heading into the final stanza.

With the reserves getting the majority of play in the last eight minutes, the Lady Bills offense continued to click as they closed out the 76-34 victory for their third-straight Foothills Council victory.

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Johnstown's Kanako Sasaki (11) drives to the hoop during Thursday's Foothills Council game against Schuylerville at Johnstown High School.

“I think we found a nice rhythm in the game and I was happy we didn’t really have a lull in the third quarter,” Coach Derwin said. “They scored the first four points [in the third quarter] but we answered quick. The ball went in the hoop, which is what we wanted to see and everybody contributed. It was good to see Abby Vanderwalker get back in the game and contribute. She has been battling an injury.”

Lee led the Johnstown scorers with 25 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Wilson finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals and Mina Baldwin chipped in with 12 points.

Koval paced the Black Horses with 11 points, while Barton added eight points.

Johnstown will return to league action Monday when it travels to take on rival Broadalbin-Perth (1-3, 1-3) on Monday, while Schuylerville (0-4) will host Hoosic Valley in a non-league contest Monday.

Johnstown 76, Schuylerville 34

Schuylerville 4 7 14 9 — 34

Johnstown 15 22 20 19 — 76

Schuylerville

Barton 4-1-10, Buff 1-0-3, Haviland 1-0-2, King 1-0-2, Koval 3-4-11, Pflieger 2-0-4. Totals: 13-5-34.

Johnstown

Baldwin 3-4-12, Lee 10-2-25, Mraz 2-0-6, Sasaki 4-0-8, Tesi 1-0-2, Vanderwalker 2-0-5, VanValkenburgh 1-1-3, Wilson 6-3-15. Totals: 29-10-76.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 3 (Eliza Barton, Maeve Buff, Macey Kival); Johnstown 8 (Anna Lee 3, Mina Baldwin 2, Meghan Mraz 2, Abbygail Vanderwalker).

Queensbury 60,

Brodalbin-Perth 10

QUEENSBURY — Hailey Ballard and Hope Sullivan led nine scorers for Queensbury as the Lady Spartans kept their league record unblemished Thursday night at Queensbury High School.

Ballard led Queensbury (4-0 Foothills) with 11 points, six assists and five steals, while Sullivan hit for 10 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three blocks to go with eight points apiece from Abby Doin and Cassidy Ray.

Julia Mycek led Broadalbin-Perth (1-3, 1-3) with four points, while Makenzie Smith and Emma Goebel had three points apiece.

Queensbury 60, Broadalbin-Perth 10

Broadalbin-Perth 2 1 3 4 — 10

Queensbury 17 21 16 6 — 60

Broadalbin-Perth

Goebel 1-0-3, Mycek 1-1-4, Smith 1-1-3. Totals: 3-2-10.

Queensbury

Sullivan 4-0-10, O’Connor 4-0-9, Ballard 5-1-11, Doin 3-0-8, Murray 2-1-6, Hunt2-0-4, Ray 3-2-8, Ross 1-0-2, Zehr 1-0-2. Totals: 25-4-60.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Emma Goebel, Julia Mycek); Queensbury 6 (Hope Sullivan 2, Abby Doin 2, Shea Murray, Meghan O’Connor).

Non-league

Mekeel Christian Academy 73, Galway 13

GALWAY — Avery Mills hit five 3-pointers en route to her game high 25 points to lead Mekeel Christian Academy to to non-league victory Thursday at Galway High School.

Mikyla Mitchell added 22 points to the Lions attack and Maraya Davis chipped in with 12 points.

Emma Spadaro led Galway with seven points, while Madison Despres, Isabella Mancini and Julia Reedy score two points apiece.

Mekeel Christian Academy 73, Galway 13

Mekeel Christian Academy 12 24 18 19 — 73

Galway 2 5 4 2 — 13

Mekeel Christian Academy

Ballard 4-1-9, Davis 5-0-12, DiCarlo 1-0-2, Elwell 1-0-3, Mills 8-4-25, Mitchell 9-2-22. Totals: 28-7-73.

Galway

Despres 1-0-2, Mancini 1-0-2, Reedy 1-0-2, Spadaro 3-0-7. Totals: 6-0-13.

3-point goals: Mekeel Christian Academy 10 (Avery Mills 5, Mikyla Mitchell 2, Maraya Davis 2, Andie Elwell), Galway 1 (Emma Spadaro).

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