Lady Braves use strong start to get past Glens Falls

Fonda-Fultonville's Quincy Lake (10) is pressured by Glens Falls' Avery Hill (20) and Lexi Cutter as she eyes the basket during a Section II Class B first-round game Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Lady Braves hosted the Glens Falls Indians Saturday night in a Class B first round sectional matchup.

The Lady Braves took the early lead and never looked back as they ran away to a 46-31 victory.

“We knew what to expect. They’re a good team,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Flip Boshart said. “Everybody did their job on offense.”

Fonda-Fultonville quickly jumped out to a five-point lead when Kyla Smith hit a 3-pointer and a bucket under the basket.

Lexi Cutter got the Indians on the board with a 3-point basket but then the Lady Braves held them scoreless for the next four minutes, while going on a nine-point run.

Fonda-Fultonville's Lyndsay Lombardoni (0) drives the baseline past Glens Falls' Ashley Bordeaux (4) during a Section II Class B first-round game Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Abby Lombardoni dropped two 3-pointers, while Lyndsay Lombardoni added a free throw and a basket for the Lady Braves. Aliza Williams scored inside for Glens Falls before Fonda-Fultonville ripped off six more points. Marilyn Whitcavitch put back a rebound and scored on an inbounds pass and Lyndsay Lombardoni drove down the lane for another basket to put the Lady Braves up by 15 with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Avery Hill made a pair of free throws for the Indians to make the score 20-7 after one period.

The second quarter saw the Lady Braves build on their lead by outscoring the Indians 12-6.

Quincy Lake started the scoring with a free throw and Abby Lombardoni nailed another three and a pair of foul shots to give Fonda-Fultonville a 25-point lead.

After Carly Atty made two free throws, the Indians went on a six-point run of their own. Cutter, Williams and Haylee Girard each added a bucket for Glens Falls.

Fonda-Fultonville's Abby Lombardoni (15) defends against Glens Falls' Haylee Girard (11) during a Section II Class B opening-round game Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Whitcavitch scored the final four points of the quarter with a put back and a jumper in the lane to give the Lady Braves a 32-13 halftime lead.

“I thought our offense was pretty good,” Boshart said reflecting on the first half. “I thought Marilyn [Whitcavitch] was phenomenal. She had eight early points and controlled the boards [nine rebounds].”

In the third quarter the Indians showed signs of life as they held Fonda-Fultonville to just two points.

Cutter picked up two 3-point baskets and Hill added a foul shot to pull the Indians to within 12 of the Lady Braves.

Abby Lombardoni scored the Lady Braves lone basket with a 15-foot jumper before Glens Falls closed out the scoring with Hill and Williams each adding a free throw, making the score 34-22 at the end of the third quarter.

As for the third quarter slump Boshart said, “We were content just passing. We were content with maintaining a lead instead of adding to it. We talked about it at halftime and how they’re a scrappy team. We knew they could come back but we weathered the storm.”

Fonda-Fultonville responded to the sluggish third quarter by coming out and outscoring the Indians 12-9 in the fourth quarter.

The Indians got a free throw and a 3-pointer by Cutter, while Lyndsay Lombardoni laid one up and in for the Lady Braves.

With a 10-point lead and 6:40 to go in the game, the Lady Braves ran off eight straight points with 3-pointers from Avery Cusack and Abby Lombardoni and a basket from Lake.

Cutter made a pair of foul shots for the Indians but Atty answered with a bucket for the Lady Braves.

Glens Falls was able to add a free throw by Hill and two more by Vivian Boyle, but it was to no avail as the game ended with the score 46-31.

Between the third and fourth quarters Boshart told his team, “We’ve got to shoot our shots. We know what shots we want and what we can get out of their defense.”

The win moves the second-seeded Lady Braves into a quarter-final match-up with No. 7 Johnstown Wednesday night.

“I expect a good game,” Boshart said. “It will be our third time playing each other. We won at our place and they won at their place. It will be a battle but it will be fun.”

Third-seeded Mekeel Christian Academy with take on No. 6 Ravena Coeymans-Selkirk in the first game at 6 p.m. at Fonda-Fultonville High School on Wednesday with the Lady Braves taking on the Lady Bills at 7:30.

Fonda-Fultonville 46, Glens Falls 31

Glens Falls 7 6 9 9 — 31

Fonda-Fultonville 20 12 2 12 — 46

Glens Falls

Cutter 5-3-17; Girard 1-0-2; Bayle 0-2-2; Williams 2-1-5; Hill 0-5-5. Totals: 8-11-31.


L. Lombardoni 3-1-7; Smith 2-0-5; Atty 2-2-4; Cusack 1-0-3; Whitcavitch 4-0-8; Lake 1-1-3; A. Lombardoni 5-2-16. Totals: 18-6-

3 point goals: Glens Falls 4 (Lexi Cutter 4); Fonda-Fultonville 6 (Abby Lombardoni 4, Kyla Smith, Avery Cusack).

Mechanicville 68, Broadalbin-Perth 26

MECHANICVILLE — Jada Brown scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Mechanicville to a victory over 13th-seeded Broadalbin-Perth in a first-round Class B contest.

The Red Raiders, who are the defending Section II Class B champions, led 31-12 at the half on their way to the win.

Charli Goverski scored 14 points for Mechanicville, while Analda Joseph (13 points) and Gianna Cavotta (10) also hit double digits.

Makenzie Smith scored 12 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth.

Mechanicville advances to face 12th-seeded Ichabod Crane in the quarterfinals. The Riders upset fifth-seeded Hudson, 37-29, in their first-round matchup.

The Lady Patriots finished the season with a 7-15 overall record.

Mechanicville 68, Broadalbin-Perth 26

Broadalbin-Perth 7 5 8 6 — 26

Mechanicville 13 18 27 10 — 68


Bellandi 0-1-1, Bollart 0-1-1, Goebel 0-3-3, Grainer 1-0-2, Iannotti 1-1-4, Palmateer 1-0-2, Smith 4-4-12, Tomlinson 0-1-1. Totals: 7-11-26.


Brown 7-2-16, Cavotta 4-0-10, DiSiena 0-1-1, Charlie Goverski 5-2-14, Chloe Goverski 2-2-7, Joseph 5-3-13, Mastropietro 1-0-2, Robens 1-0-2, Shakow 1-0-3. Totals: 26-10-68.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 1 (Caroline Iannotti); Mechanicville 6 (Gianna Cavotta 2, Charli Goverski 2, Chloe Goverski, Maddie Shakow).

Mekeel Christian Academy 57, Hoosick Falls 31

SCOTIA — After a low-scoring first half, Mekeel Christian Academy used a 22-7 third-quarter run to break open the game and advance to the Class C quarterfinal round.

Avery Mills led the Lions with 16 points, while Mikyla Mitchell finished with 14 and Maraya Davis chipped in with 11.

Logan Thayne led Hoosick Falls with 13 points, while Amber MacNeil had eight and Madeline Walker finished with seven to go with three points from Sophie Estes to round out the Panthers’ scoring.

Mekeel Christian Academy 57, Hoosick Falls 31

Hoosick Falls 8 5 7 11 — 31

Mekeel Christian Academy 11 5 22 19 — 57

Hoosick Falls

Estes 1-0-3, MacNeil 4-0-8, Thayne 5-2-13, Walker 1-5-7. Totals: 11-7-31.

Mekeel Christian Academy

Ballard 3-1-7, Davis 3-3-11, Galarneau 1-0-2, Mills 6-2-16, M. Mitchell 6-2-14, P. Mitchell 3-1-7. Totals: 22-9-57.

3-point goals: Hoosick Falls 2 (Sophie Estes, Logan Thayne); Mekeel Christian Academy 4 (Maraya Davis 2, Avery Mills 2).

Ravena 58, Cairo-Durham 41

RAVENA — The Indians jumped out to a 37-21 halftime lead and held off Cairo-Durham to advance and play Mekeel Christian Academy Wednesday at Fonda-Fultonville High School in the Class C quarterfinals.

Hannah VanDerzee led Ravena with 24 points, while Lauren Sanderson hit three 3-pointers in her 20-point effort.

Arianna Myers paced Cairo-Durham with 12 points, while Imani Walcott finished with 11 and Anna James chipped in with eight.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 58, Cairo-Durham 41

Cairo-Durham 10 11 10 10 — 41

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 17 20 15 6 — 58


Bruck 1-0-3, James 4-0-8, Makely 0-1-1, Mudge 2-0-6, Myers 3-6-12, Walcott 4-3-11. Totals: 19-16-58.


DeLuca 1-0-3, Engel 1-3-5, McFerran 1-0-2, Reville 2-0-4, Sanderson 6-5-20, VanDerzee 8-8-24. Totals: 19-16-58.

3-point goals: Cairo-Durham 3 (McKayla Mudge 2, Laney Bruck); Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 4 (Lauren Sanderson 3, Caitlin DeLuca).

Cobleskill 83, Greenwich 75

RICHMONDVILLE — The Bulldogs put five players in double figures and survived being outscored 46-36 in the second half to advance in the Class B tournament.

Molly Brophy led Greenwich with a game-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers, while Tess Merrill had 14 and Faith Hewitt finished with 13.

Jessica Meade led the Cobleskill-Richmondville scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Sabrina Pressley had 18 points for the Bulldogs, while Emma Osterhoudt and Isabella Lucer had 14 points apiece and Eleesia Comino finished with 13 points to go with a 3-point goal from Meghan Ellis.

Cobleskill-Richmondville 83, Greenwich 75

Greenwich 13 16 20 26 — 75

Cobleskill-Richmondville 23 24 18 18 — 83


Brophy 8-10-31, Heritt 2-8-13, Merrill 7-0-14, Niesz 3-0-7, Rojas 2-1-6, Skiff 2-0-4. Totals: 24-19-75.


Comino 5-3-13, Ellis 1-0-3, Lucear 6-2-14, Meade 7-3-21, Osterhoudt 6-1-14, Pressley 8-2-18. Totals: 33-11-83.

3-point goals: Greenwich 8 (Molly Brophy 5, Faith Hewitt, Nora Niesz, Adrianna Rojas); Cobleskill-Richmondville 6 (Jessica Meade, Emma Osterhoudt, Meghan Ellis).

Schalmont 67, Catskill 41

ROTTERDAM — Top-seeded Schalmont opened with a 22-3 first-quarter run and never looked back as the Sabres cruised past Catskill Saturday night.

Payton Graber hit five 3-pointer to lead the Sabres with 25 points. Karissa Antoine finished with 13 and Haley Burchhardt added 10 points.

Janay Brantley scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers to lead Catskill, while Hannah Konsul and Aizlyn O’Connell scored six points apiece and Sara Leipman rounded out the Cats scoring with three points.

Schalmont 67, Catskill 41

Catskill 3 14 9 15 — 41

Schalmont 22 15 19 11 — 67


Brantley 9-3-26, Konsul 2-2-6, Leipman 1-0-3, O’Connell 3-0-6. Totals: 15-5-41.


Antoine 5-2-13, Burchhardt 4-2-10, Cordy 1-1-4, Fleming 1-0-3, Graber 9-2-25, Hallberg 2-0-4 Lenehan 3-0-8. Totals: 25-7-67.

3-point goals: Catskill 6 (Janay Brantley 5, Sara Leipman); Schalmont 10 (Payton Graber 5, Emily Lenehan 2, Kendall Fleming, Mya Cordy, Karissa Antoine).

Ichabod Crane 37, Hudson 29

HUDSON — Ichabod Crane held Hudson to seven second-half points as the 12th-seeded Riders upset No. 5 Hudson Saturday to advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinal round against No. 4 Mechanicville.

Ashley Ames and Abigail Dolge led Ichabod Crane with nine points apiece, while Madison Graham had seven and Delaney More and Malati Culver added six points apiece.

Daja Beaufort led Hudson with her game-high 15 points, while Katie Jepsen finished with five and Abby Jepsen and Aaliyah Jones chipped in with three points apiece.

Ichabod Crane 37, Hudson 29

Ichabod Crane 11 6 11 9 — 37

Hudson 9 13 4 3 — 29

Ichabod Crane

Ames 3-2-9, Culver 3-0-6, Dolge 3-2-9, Graham 2-3-7, More 2-1-6. Totals: 13-8-37.


Alert 0-1-1, Beaufort 6-3-15, A. Jepsen 1-0-3, K. Jepsen 2-1-5, Johnson 1-0-2, Jones 1-0-3. Totals: 11-5-29.

3-point goals: Ichabod Crane 3 (Ashley Ames, Abigail Dolge, Delaney More); Hudson 2 (Aaliyah Jones, Abby Jepsen).