Girls Basketball Roundup: Queensbury cruises past Johnstown, 71-36

Johnstown's Jaden Wilson (1) is guarded by Queensbury's Meghan O'Conner (2) as she drives toward the hoop during Foothills Council action Monday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Lady Bills used a second-quarter run to whittle down a double-digit Queensbury lead and build momentum and confidence heading into the halftime break.

Halftime adjustments by Queensbury along with early foul trouble by the Lady Bills allowed the league-leading Lady Spartans to gain control and pull away for a 71-36 Foothills Council victory Monday night at Johnstown High School.

“[After the second-quarter run] The third quarter went the other way,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “I thought we had opportunities to cut into the lead, but our missed opportunities translate to the other end with this group. Then all-of-a-sudden [the lead] was 15 then 20 and they put it out of reach quick.”

Queensbury jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on baskets from Hailey Ballard and Brigid Duffy. Johnstown answered with a basket from Kanako Sasaki.

After a pair of free throws from Meghan O’Connor, Amber Tesi laid the ball in to put the score at 6-4 in favor of Queensbury.

Queensbury's Brigid Duffy (4) looks on as the Lady Spartans' Fiona Hunt and Johnstown's Amber Tesi, left, and Kanako Sasaki scramble for a loose ball during Foothills Council action Monday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Duffy and Doin sparked a 14-2 run to break the Lady Spartans out to a 20-6 lead at the end of the opening period.

The Lady Bills chipped away at the Queensbury lead in the second quarter.

With Anna Lee and Jaden Wilson connecting for six points apiece in the quarter, Johnstown cut the Lady Spartans lead to eight points, 30-22, before Kelsey Zehr converted a free throw to give Queensbury a 31-22 halftime advantage.

Early in the third quarter, Tesi picked up her third personal foul and was relegated to the bench, opening the inside for Queensbury.

Ballard made the most of the opportunity, hitting for nine of her 15 points in the quarter to help build a 51-26 Queensbury lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Queensbury maintained its lead through the final eight minutes with Mirabelle Ross hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Cassidy Ray delivering seven points to lock up the 71-36 victory.

Duffy and Ballard finished with 15 points apiece for Queensbury (9-0 overall, 8-0 Foothills), while Doin finished with 11 and Roy had nine.

Wilson led Johnstown with 11 points, while Lee finished with eight and Sasaki chipped in with six.

“I was happy with our approach,” Derwin said. “We were worried about the way we would come out. We were not happy the other night with the way we competed against Hudson Falls. I thought we did do that, and we did come away with some positive things we can take away going forward. We have a tough week, but our goal is to come out of this week playing better basketball consistently. We did it for a couple of quarters, but we need to maintain that for four quarters.”

Johnstown will face a second state-ranked team this week, when it hosts Amsterdam, ranked 14th in the Class A polls with a 9-2 overall record and 7-1 in the Foothills Council. Queensbury is ranked fifth in the Class A polls.

The Lady Bills have added a game to their schedule as they will travel to Syracuse on Saturday to play the Syracuse Academy of Science at 3 p.m.

Queensbury 71, Johnstown 36

Queensbury 20 11 20 20 — 71

Johnstown 6 16 4 10 — 36


O’Conner 0-2-2, Duffy 7-0-15, Ballard 6-3-15, Nassivera 0-2-2, Ross 2-0-6, Murray 1-1-3, Doin 5-0-11, Hunt 1-0-2, Ray 4-1-9, Sullivan 2-0-5. Totals: 28-10-71.


Baldwin 0-1-1, Lee 4-0-8, Pratt 2-0-4, Sasaki 2-2-6, Tesi 2-0-4, Vanderwalker 1-0-2, Wilson 3-5-11. Totals: 14-8-36.

3-point goals: Queensbury 5 (Mirabelle Ross 2, Brigid Duffy, Abby Doin, Hope Sullivan); Johnstown — none.

Amsterdam 72, Schuylerville 34

SCHUYLERVILLE — Andie Gannon picked up four steals to go with her double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Rams as they improved to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Foothills Council.

Antonia May and Jackie Stanavich finished with 13 points apiece for Amsterdam, while Sydney Hoefs had 11.

Macey Koval led Schuylerville (1-9 overall, 0-7 Foothills) with 10 points and Lauren King finished with six.

Amsterdam 72, Schuylerville 34

Amsterdam 19 17 26 10 — 72

Schuylerville 6 11 6 11 — 34


DeRosa 2-2-8, Gannon 6-4-16, Goodson 1-0-3, K. Hoefs 1-0-2, S. Hoefs 4-1-11, May 6-0-13, Schaufelberg 1-0-2, Sculco 2-0-4, Stanavich 6-1-13. Totals: 29-8-72.


Buff 2-0-5, King 3-0-6, Koval 3-4-10, Tavares 2-1-5, Anya Vautrin 2-0-4. Vianese 1-1-4. Totals: 13-6-34.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 6 (Fran DeRosa 2, Sydney Hoefs 2, Goodson, Antonia May); Schuylerville 2 (Maeve Buff, Molly Vianese).

South Glens Falls 64, Glens Falls 18

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Sydney Hart scored 26 points to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Glens Falls.

Hannah Breen, Courtney Robarge and Kaitlin McDonough all finished with six points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in Foothills Council play.

Haylee Girard scored seven points to lead Glens Falls.

South Glens Falls 64, Glens Falls 18

Glens Falls 7 1 5 5 — 18

South Glens Falls 15 17 17 15 — 64

Glens Falls

Bordeau 2-0-5, Cutter 1-1-3, Girard 2-3-7, Hall 0-1-1, Cote 1-0-2. Totals 6-5-18.

South Glens Falls

Han. Breen 2-0-6, Jorgensen 2-0-4, Hal. Breen 1-0-2, Hart 10-2-26, Robarge 3-0-6, Lanfear 3-0-6, Rafferty 2-0-5, King 1-0-3, McDonough 2-2-6. Totals 26-4-64.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 1 (Bordeau); South Glens Falls 8 (Hart 4, Han. Breen 2, Rafferty, King).

Center State Conference

Poland 54, Dolgeville 48

POLAND — Hannah Stack hit for a double-double of 26 points and 22 rebounds as Dolgeville dropped a non-division game to Poland Monday.

Amanda Sweet led Poland (9-2 overall) with 15 points, while Logan Cookinham had 14 and Erin Powers finished with eight.

Ryanne Williams finished with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and three blocks for Dolgeville (4-6 overall), while Hannah Spofford had five points, six rebounds and three assists. Stack also had five blocked shots.

The Bue Devils are scheduled to travel to Frankfort-Schuyler today.

Poland 54, Dolgeville 48

Dolgeville 10 15 8 15 — 48

Poland 16 8 16 14 — 54


Stack 10-6-26, Williams 5-1-11, Spofford 2-1-5, VanOlst 1-4-6. Totals: 18-12-48.


Cookinham 6-2-14, Powers 4-0-8, Sweet 7-1-15, McColley 1-2-4, Mowers 2-2-6, Tabor 3-1-7. Totals: 23-8-54.

3-point goals: None.

Canajoharie 62, Herkimer 42

CANAJOHARIE — Kylee Richard netted 22 points to lead Canajoharie to a non-league win over Herkimer Monday.

Gianna Rizza finished with 16 points for Herkimer, while Marion Leskovar added 11

Monica Hartlieb added 15 points for the Lady Cougars, who improved to 5-4 overall.

Canajoharie 62, Herkimer 42

Herkimer 9 16 9 8 — 42

Canajoharie 15 12 17 18 — 62


Lanaux 0-1-1, Bell 3-0-6, Leskovar 4-1-11, Rizza 7-2-16, Smith 2-2-6, McKinney 0-2-2. Totals: 16-8-42.


Sala 1-0-2, Adams 4-0-8, Hartlieb 6-2-15, Baker 0-3-3, Fowler 1-0-2, Keaney 1-0-3, Rickard 10-2-22, Clark 3-0-7. Totals: 26-7-62.

3-point goals: Herkimer 2 (M. Leskovar 2); Canajoharie 3 (Hartlieb, Keaney, Clark).


Middleburgh 44, Galway 38

MIDDLEBURGH — Alyssa Wayman scored 20 points to lead Middleburgh to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Galway on Friday.

The Knights outscored the Golden Eagles 15-8 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Hailie Gasner had 10 points for Middleburgh.

Morgan Drouin scored 14 points to lead Galway (3-8 overall, 2-3 WAC), while Ryan Ripepi added 13.

Middleburgh 44, Galway 38

Galway 11 6 1 3 8 — 38

Middleburgh 6 13 10 15 — 44


Mancini 1-0-2, Spadaro 0-2-2, Ripepi 4-2-13, Bishop 2-0-4, Reedy 0-1-1, Drouin 6-0-14, DesPres 1-0-2. Totals 14-5-38.


Palmatier 3-1-8, Bynum 1-2-4, Gasner 5-0-10, Wayman 7-4-20. Totals 16-7-44.

3-point goals: Galway 5 (Ripepi 3, Drouin 2); Middleburgh 3 (Wayman 2, Palmatier).


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