Lady Patriots top Cohoes in sectional opener

Broadalbin-Perth's Caitlin Palmateer, with ball, draws a foul from Cohoes' Shauna Ferris, right, during a Section II Class B play-in game Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — It may not have been their best game of the season, but when crunch time came, the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots responded.

After falling behind midway through the fourth quarter, the 13th-seeded Lady Patriots rallied with a 10-2 run in the final four minutes to defeat No. 20 Cohoes 47-38 in a Section II Class B play-in game Thursday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“The key tonight was to keep our composure,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We struggled with that early and kind of played into their pace and their kind of game. It was an ugly basketball game for them and for us. We were able to fight through that and make the plays at the end. I thought we played ugly basketball for 29 minutes then in the final minutes of the fourth quarter we played through it and made the plays at the end, made defensive stops, got the rebounds and the win.”

The Lady Patriots (7-14) advance to play No. 4 Mechanicville at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mechanicville High School.

“They are going to be tough but when you survive and advance here you live to see another day and you never know what can happen on Saturday,” Gifford said.

Broadalbin-Perth's Makenzie Smith (32) puts up a shot over Cohoes' Jenaya Smith (3) during a Section II Class B play-in game Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Lady Patriots scored early in Thursday’s contest with Caitlin Palmateer hitting the first basket of the game with just 45 seconds off the clock. it took another three minutes before Caroline Iannotti hit a 3-pointer for Broadalbin-Perth to take a 5-0 lead.

Cohoes got on the board with 3:48 left in the opening quarter when Quincy Hytko put back an offensive rebound. She added a second basket a minute later to cut B-P’s lead to 5-4.

Makenzie Smith sandwiched a three-point play and a 3-pointer around another basket from Hytko to put the Lady Patriots up 11-6 before the Tigers’ Madison Huneau hit a free throw to put the score at 11-7 at the end of the opening quarter.

Huneau added a basket early in the second quarter to put the score at 11-10, where it remained until Smith broke the scoreless drought with her basket with 3:45 left in the opening half.

The Tigers added a pair of free throws from Olivia Huneau and a 3-pointer from Madison Huneau in response to a basket from Smith to tie the game at 15 apiece.

Broadalbin-Perth's Kiaira Tomlinson (3) eyes the basket after getting a pass behind Cohoes' Emily Walker (5), Shauna Ferris (22) and Quincy Hytko (4) during a Section II Class B play-in game Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Smith his her third basket of the quarter with 12 seconds showing on the clock to give Broadalbin-Perth a 17-15 halftime advantage.

The Tigers took their first lead of the game in the opening minute of the second half on a 3-pointer from Madison Huneau. The Lady Patriots answered with a basket from Palmateer and a 3-pointer from Lauralie Grainer to go up 22-18.

Emily Walker hit a pair of baskets for Cohoes, while Emma Goebel hit for B-P before Madison Huneau laid the ball in to tie the score at 24 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

The Lady Patriots pulled ahead again with a basket from Smith and a pair of free throws from Goebel before Hytko hit back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 28 with 2:52 left in the quarter.

Broadalbin-Perth closed out the third quarter with a three-point play from Grainer, while the Tigers got baskets from Shauna Ferris and Olivia Huneau to take a 32-31 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

The teams swapped leads five times in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter before Kiaira Tomlinson put the Lady Patriots in front 37-36 with her basket with 4:03 left in regulation.

Tomlinson continued to be a factor in the game drawing fouls under the basket and disrupting the Tigers’ passing lanes.

Smith and Iannotti grabbed big defensive rebounds with Grainer and Tomlinson intercepting passes, allowing the Lady Patriots to slow the pace down and control the clock in the final minutes to lock up their second-straight and third win in four games, 47-38 and advance in the Class B tournament.

“Kiaira Tomlinson gave us big minutes in the fourth quarter,” Gifford said. “She had some defensive stops and big rebounds. She is one of those girls who just keeps working and running. That was probably her best game all season, and to save it for Game 21 but that is a pretty good time to save it for.”

Smith finished with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds to go with six blocks, while Grainer had nine points and three steals and Tomlinson added five points, six rebounds and two steals to go with five assists apiece from Iannotti and Goebel.

“We tried to spread it around and went over the top to Kiaira a few times,” Gifford said. “Mackenzie is going to get a lot of attention and it leaves other opportunities and we took advantage of them.”

Hytko led Cohoes with 12 points, while Madison Huneau had 10 points and Olivia Huneau finished with eight.

Also advancing in the Section II Class B tournament with victories in play-in games Thursday were No. 12 Ichabod Crane, No. 14 Hoosick Falls, No. 15 Glens Falls and No. 16 Catskill. No. 11 Cairo-Durham advanced to the next round after No. 22 Bishop Maginn forfeited their play-in game.

Class B Play-in Games

Broadalbin-Perth 47, Cohoes 38

Cohoes 7 8 17 6 — 38

Broadalbin-Perth 11 6 14 16 — 47


O. Huneau 3-2-8, Hytko 6-0-12, Walker 2-0-4, Ferris 1-0-2, M. Huneau 3-1-10, Chicaway 1-0-2. Totals: 16-3-38.


Goebel 1-2-4, Tomlinson 1-3-5, Iannotti 1-1-4, Grainer 2-4-9, Palmateer 2-0-4, Smith 9-2-21. Totals: 16-12-47.

3-points: Cohoes 3 (Madison Huneau 3); Broadalbin-Perth (Caroline Iannotti, Lauralie Grainer, Makenzie Smith).

Glens Falls 61, Albany Academy 54, OT

Albany Academy 18 16 8 7 3 — 54

Glens Falls 8 14 18 11 10 — 61

Albany Academy

Burke 2-4-8, Field 0-1-1, Huban 2-1-7, Juste 5-2-13, Merlee Ottati 4-2-10, Meleena Ottati 6-2-15. Totals: 19-12-54.

Glens Falls

Bordeaux 9-2-22, Cutter 4-10-20, Endieveri ‘-0-2, Girard 4-3-13, Hill 0-2-2, Williams 1-0-2. Totals: 19-17-61.

3-point goals: Albany Academy 4 (Erin Huban 2, Aalyan Juste, Meleena Ottati); Glens Falls 6 (Ashley Bordeaux 2, Lexi Cutter 2, Haylee Girard 2).

Catskill 49, Watervliet 33

Watervliet 5 6 10 12 — 33

Catskill 12 11 18 8 — 49


Davis 1-3-5, Garcia 3-0-6, Grimmaick 1-0-2, Joyner 4-1-9, Smeltzer 1-0-2, Tambolleo 3-3-9. Totals: 13-7-33.


Abel 1-0-2, Brantley 9-6-27, Konsul 3-4-10, Leipman 2-0-6, O’Connell 1-2-4. Totals: 16-12-49.

3-point goals: Watervliet none; Catskill 5 (Janay Brantley 3, Sara Leipman 2).

Hoosick Falls 56, Schuylerville 31

Schuylerville 7 7 7 10 — 31

Hoosick Falls 21 13 11 11 — 56


Buff 1-0-3, King 2-0-5, Koval 1-2-4, McShane 1-0-2, Pflieger 1-3-5, Vautrin 2-0-4, Vianese 3-0-8. Totals: 11-5-31.

Hoosick Falls

O. Estes 1-2-4, S. Estes 4-1-9, MacNeil 4-1-9, Niles 0-1-1, Thayne 8-2-20, Madeline Walker 3-5-11, Molly Walker 1-0-2. Totals: 21-12-56.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 4 (Molly Vianese 2, Maeve Buff, Lauren King); Hoosick Falls 2 (Logan Thayne 2).

Ichabod Crane 59, Corinth 50

Corinth 13 12 14 11 — 50

Ichabod Crane 14 12 13 20 — 59


Abbatantuono 9-3-24, Carey 6-1-13, DeLisle 3-4-11, Parnell 1-0-2. Totals: 19-8-50.

Ichabod Crane

A. Ames 4-0-9, H. Ames 1-0-2, Culver 3-1-7, Dolge 1-0-3, Graham 10-0-23, Knapp 1-0-2, More 6-1-13. Totals: 26-2-59.

3-point goals: Corinth 4 (Alexa Abbatantuono 3, Maddie DeLisle); Ichabod Crane 5 (Madison Graham 3, Abigail Dolge, Ashley Ames).


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