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Lady Bills get past Glens Falls, 49-41

Johnstown's Anna Lee (4) drives to the basket Glens Falls' Lexi Cutter (5) and Haylee Girard, right, defend during Wednesday's Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — With the regular season winding down, the Johnstown girls basketball team came into Wednesday’s Foothills Council looking to continue to build momentum.

The Lady Bills extended their win streak to five games with a 49-41 victory over the Indians.

Abby VandeWalker and Jaidyn Chest each scored 12 points to lead Johnstown, while Amber Tesi, Jaden Wilson and Anna Lee each had six points.

Ashley Bordeaux and Haylee Girard each finished with 13 points to lead Glens Falls (4-10 Foothills).

The Lady Bills fell behind 13-8 in the first quarter as Bordeaux and Girard combined to score 10 of the Indians’ 13 first-quarter points.

Johnstown's Jaden Wilson (1) goes up for a shot during Wednesday's Foothills Council girls basketball game against Glens Falls at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“We got off to a slow start tonight,” Johnstown coach Tim Derwin said. “We were a step slow and had too many turnovers in the first half.”

Johnstown rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Glens Falls 15-8 to take a 23-21 lead into the half

Jaidyn Chest hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter for the Lady Bills, including a late 3-pointer to give Johnstown the halftime lead. Wilson scored the other six points in the quarter for the Lady Bills.

“Jaidyn [Chest] hit some big shots to keep us in the game,” Derwin said.

After grabbing the halftime lead, Johnstown carried its momentum into the second half, starting the third quarter with a 12-6 run to grab a 35-27 lead.

Johnstown's Amber Tesi (15) goes up for a shot as Glens Falls' Aliza Williams (13) defends during Wednesday's Foothills Council girls basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The Lady Bills maintained their eight-point advantage, heading into the final quarter with a 40-32 lead.

Johnstown pushed its advantage to 12 points after back-to-back baskets from VandeWalker and Sarah Pratt to start the fourth quarter.

Glens Falls pulled to within six points after a 7-1 surge made it 45-39 with a 2:14 to play.

However, the Lady Bills held on for the win, outscoring the Indians 4-2 over the final 1:45, get two free throws from both Lee and Kanako Sasaki.

“A win is a win,” Derwin said. “There are no easy nights in this league, so take them when you get them.”

Tesi, Johnstown’s lone senior, was honored before the game.

Johnstown (11-7 overall, 10-5 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Queensbury for its Foothills Council finale Monday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Bills will wrap up the regular season at home next Tuesday with a non-league game against Oneonta at 4 p.m.

“That will be a good way to wrap up the regular season,” Derwin said. “It will help us get our intensity up for sectionals.”

Johnstown 49, Glens Falls 41

Glens Falls 13 8 11 9 — 41

Johnstown 8 15 17 9 — 49

Glens Falls

Bordeaux 5-2-13, Cutter 1-2-4, Endieveri 1-0-2, Girard 5-2-13, Hill 1-2-4, Williams 1-3-5. Totals 14-11-41.

Johnstown

Chest 4-0-12, Lee 1-4-6, Pratt 1-0-2, Sasaki 1-2-5, Tesi 3-0-6, VandeWalker 4-2-12, Wilson 3-0-6. Totals 17-8-49.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 2 (Bordeaux, Girard); Johnstown 7 (Chest 4, VandeWalker 2, Sasaki).

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