Queensbury gets past Amsterdam, 51-46

Amsterdam's Jackie Stanavich, in black, looks on as Lady Rams coach Eric Duemler talks with the team during a timeout in Monday's Foothills Council game against Queensbury at Amsterdam High School. Stanavich is sidelined after a season-ending knee injury. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — Last year, Queensbury and Amsterdam shared the Foothills Council girls basketball title.

Monday, the Spartans and Lady Rams squared off again with the Foothills title on the line, only this time Amsterdam was without standout Jackie Stanavich and Queensbury was without its leader Hope Sullivan.

Queensbury managed to build a 10-point lead early in the third quarter and got timely baskets to slow Amsterdam’s runs to take control of the Foothills Council standings with a 51-46 victory Monday night at Amsterdam High School.

“I’m so happy for the seniors, very happy that they can walk away with the sole Foothills championship,” said Queensbury coach Megan Bethel “They’ve worked their tails off to get here and they deserve it.”

Despite the loss, Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler liked the effort from his squad.

Amsterdam's Sydney Hoefs is pressured by Queensbury's Meghan O'Connor (2) as she brings the ball upcourt during Foothills Council action Monday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

“It was different than the last two times when they jumped on us and we were chasing them the whole time. It was a battle from the start,” he said. “They are very good, and my kids played really hard.”

Both teams have two league games left on their schedules. Amsterdam (13-2 Foothills) has games against Scotia-Glenville and Schuylerville, while Queensbury (15-0 Foothills) has Glens Falls and Johnstown.

Amsterdam opened the game with a 5-2 run with a basket from Kayli Hoefs and a 3-pointer from Antonia May. The Spartans battled back with Hailey Ballard leading the way with eight first-quarter points to help build an 18-15 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Sydney Hoefs opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to tie the game before the Spartans ran off eight unanswered points to take a 26-18 lead midway through the period.

The Spartans answered the Amsterdam baskets through the final minutes of the half to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room at the break.

Queensbury's Abby Doin (22) pressures Andie Gannon (11) as she drives toward the hoop during Foothills Council action Monday at Amsterdam High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Lady Rams chipped away at the Queensbury lead early in the third quarter, cutting it to four, 36-32, with a 3-pointer and a basket from Kaylie Hoefs.

Queensbury’s Meghan O’Connor and Amsterdam’s Andie Gannon traded baskets before the Spartans’ Shea Murray hit a 3-pointer to start a 6-1 run and put Queensbury up 44-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

Amsterdam again made a run at the Spartans with an 11-5 run to cut the lead to 49-46 with 29 seconds left on the clock.

Despite creating solid opportunities in the closing seconds, the ball would not fall for the Lady Rams as they came up on the short end of the 51-46 final score.

“We gave up three or four put backs off foul shots, which is unacceptable,” Duemler said. “Key points when those happen you usually get and-1s or a second foul on the put back.”

Coach Bethel was pleased with the way her team responded in the sectional-like atmosphere of the game.

“We haven’t really experienced that since the last time we played them,” she said “It’s tough to play in here, it’s a great atmosphere, a lot of energy on both sides. I’m glad we came out with a win. It was a tough battle.”

Ballard led Queensbury with 16 points, while O’Connor finished with 10 to go with seven points apiece from Kaileigh Hunt and Abby Doin.

Gannon led Amsterdam with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to go with five steals, while May finished with 12 and Sydney Hoefs finished with eight points and Kayli Hoefs added seven points. Shelby LaMont rounded out the Amsterdam scoring with a put-back at the buzzer in the first half.

“When you have players like Andie Gannon and Syd and Toni, they are confident,” Duemler said. “I thought Kayli Hoefs, in back-to-back now, has come in and given us major minutes. We just need to keep finding ways to score. Jackie [Stanavich] gave us so many baskets in transition. We are seeing growth in Toni’s game getting to the basket, while Andi and Syd are taking the long shots. We will have everyone back next year and hopefully we will get stronger.”

With the Class A sectional tournament fast approaching, there is a possibility the Lady Rams and Spartans could square off for a third time.

“We are confident and there is a chance we could see them in the third round of sectionals, again but we have to take care of our business first,” Duemler said.

Queensbury 51, Amsterdam 46

Queensbury 18 14 12 7 — 51

Amsterdam 15 9 11 11 — 46


Ballard 8-0-16, Doin 3-0-7, Duffy 1-1-4, F. Hunt 1-0-2, K. Hunt 3-1-7, Murray 1-0-3, O’Connor 4-2-10, Ray 1-0-2, Totals: 22-4-51.


Gannon 4-9-17, K. Hoefs 3-0-7, S. Hoefs 2-3-8, LaMont 1-0-2, May 4-3-12. Totals: 14-15-46.

3-point goals: Queensbury 3 (Doin, Duffy, Murray); Amsterdam 3 (K. Hoefs, S. Hoefs, May).

Johnstown 51, Hudson Falls 43

HUDSON FALLS — Anna Lee had 17 points and Jaden Wilson 12 as the Lady Bills held off Hudson Falls for the league victory.

Kanako Sasaki added nine points for Johnstown, while Amber Tesi finished with seven and Abby VandeWalker chipped in with six.

The Tigers’ Brinley Inglee led all scorers with 25 points.

Johnstown 51, Hudson Falls 43

Johnstown 12 12 15 12 — 51

Hudson Falls 12 9 11 11 — 43


Lee 5-6-17, Sasaki 4-1-9, Tesi 3-1-7, VandeWalker 2-1-6, Wilson 2-8-12. Totals: 16-17-51.

Hudson Falls

Hogan 2-1-5, Hutchinson 1-0-2, Inglee 8-7-25, Phillips 3-0-6, Varney 2-0-5. Totals: 16-8-43.

3-point goals: Johnstown 2 (Lee, VandeWalker); Hudson Falls 2 (Inglee 2, Varney).

Schuylerville 51,

Glens Falls 42

SCHUYLERVILLE — Eliza Barton scored 12 points to lead Schuylerville to a Foothills Council victory over Glens Falls.

Amanda Pfleiger added 10 points for the Black Horses.

Ashley Bordeaux scored 11 points to lead Glens Falls and Avery Hill finished with 10 points.

Schuylerville 51, Glens Falls 42

Glens Falls 10 12 9 11 — 42

Schuylerville 12 7 22 10 — 51

Glens Falls

Endieveri 0-1-1, Avery 0-2-2, Bordeaux 3-4-11, Cutter 2-3-7, Girard 2-2-6, Bayle 1-0-2, Williams 1-1-3, Hill 3-4-10. Totals 12-17-42.


Pfleiger 4-0-10, Barton 5-2-12, King 1-0-2, Koval 3-1-7, Haviland 2-0-4, Vianese 2-2-8, Vautrin 4-0-8. Totals 21-5-51.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 1 (Bordeaux); Schuylerville 4 (Vianese 2, Pfleiger 2).

South Glens Falls 55, Scotia-Glenville 51

SCOTIA — Sydney Hart scored 20 points to lead South Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Scotia-Glenville.

Courtney Robarge scored 15 points for South Glens Falls (10-8 overall, 9-5 Foothills), while Hannah Breen added nine points.

Jazmyne Corker scored a game-high 25 points to lead Scotia-Glenville, while Cassie Cenzano added nine points.

South Glens Falls 55, Scotia-Glenville 51

South Glens Falls 14 14 14 13 — 55

Scotia-Glenville 9 12 12 18 — 51

South Glens Falls

Han. Breen 3-0-9, Hal. Breen 1-2-4, Hart 7-2-20, Robarge 5-4-15, Lanfear 2-1-5, McDonough 1-0-2. Totals 19-9-55.


Geniti 1-0-3, Corker 9-2-25, Nichter 3-0-8, Cenzano 2-5-9, Crounse 2-0-4, Charnews 1-0-2. Totals 18-7-51.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 8 (Hart 4, Han. Breen 3, Robarge); Scotia-Glenville 8 (Corker 5, Nichter 2, Geniti).


Mekeel Christian 78, Canajoharie 28

SCOTIA — Mekeel Christian Academy jumped out to a 27-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the cruised to the WAC victory.

Mikyla Mitchell led Mekeel Christian with 28 points, while Avery Mills hit for 19 and Jillian Ballard finished with 13 points.

Kylee Rickard led Canajoharie with nine points, while Angelina Clark had eight and Mizel Fowler finished with four points.

The Cougars are scheduled to travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Wednesday for a non-league game at 7 p.m.

Mekeel Christian Academy 78, Canajoharie 28

Canajoharie 8 4 7 9 — 28

Mekeel Christian Academy 27 20 19 12 — 78


Adams 1-0-2, Clark 4-0-8, Fowler 1-2-4, Hartlieb 1-0-3, Rickard 4-1-9, Rebello 1-0-2. Totals: 12-3-28.

Mekeel Christian Academy

Ballard 6-1-13, Davis 2-0-6, Galarneau 2-0-4, Mills 8-2-19, M. Mitchell 11-5-28, P. Mitchell 3-2-8. Totals: 32-10-78.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 1 (Hartlieb); Mekeel Christian Academy 4 (Davis 2, Mills, M. Mitchell).

Duanesburg 66, OESJ 25

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Duanesburg put five players in double-figures Monday in its WAC victory over the Lady Wolves.

Cassidy Miakisz led the way with 13 points, while Allison O’Hanlon and Alex Moses had 11 apiece and Madison Meyer and Taylor Meyer finished with 10 points each.

Shian Harman led OESJ with 11 points, while Ashlee Shelmandine had eight.

The Lady Wolves now await the schedule for this weekend’s WAC crossover contests.

Duanesburg 66, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 25

Duanesburg 19 19 9 19 — 66

OESJ 6 5 3 11 — 25


M. Meyer 5-0-10, T. Meyer 4-2-10, Miakisz 4-4-13, Moses 5-0-11, Mulhern 3-1-7, O’Hanlon 5-0-11, Ruth 2-0-4. Totals: 28-7-66.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Blakeslee 1-0-2, Eggleston 1-2-4, Harman 5-1-11, Shelmandine 4-0-8. Totals: 11-3-25

3-point goals: Duanesburg 3 (Miakisz, Moses,O’Hanlon); OESJ — none.

Bishop Gibbons 58, Schoharie 48

SCHENECTADY — Schoharie got a game-high 20-point performance from Hannah Cater, but it was not enough as Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to 17 points from Ayanna Jackson and 15 from Meaghan Kienzle to pick up the Western Athletic Conference victory.

Saige Rudolph added 13 points for Bishop Gibbons and Misha Cater-Smith added 10 points for Schoharie.

Notre Dame/Bishop Gibbons 58, Schoharie 48

Schoharie 12 13 7 16 — 48

Bishop Gibbons 14 14 24 6 — 58


Cater 9-1-20, Cater-Smith 4-2-10, Drinon 1-0-3, Fagnani 2-1-5, Joslin 1-0-2, Vangasbeck 4-0-8. Totals: 21-4-48.

Bishop Gibbons

Carrera 1-0-2, Headen 2-1-5, Jackson 8-0-17, Kienzle 5-0-15, Megyeri 1-0-2, Randolph 6-0-13, Valdes 1-0-2, VanAuken 1-0-2. Totals: 25-1-58.

3-point goals: Schoharie 2 (Cater, Drinon); Bishop Gibbons 7 (Kienzle 5, Jackson, Randolph).

Middleburgh 47, OESJ 35

MIDDLEBURGH — Maddy Palmatier scored 12 points to lead Middleburgh to a WAC victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Saturday.

The Knights led 14-4 after one quarter on their way to the win.

Hallie Gasner scored 11 points for Middleburgh.

Rebecca Trumble scored 16 points to lead OESJ (3-13 overall, 2-9 WAC).

Middleburgh 47, OESJ 35

OESJ 4 11 10 10 — 35

Middleburgh 14 9 7 17 — 47


A. Eggleston 1-0-3, Blakeslee 1-0-2, Klock 1-2-4, S. Eggleston 1-0-2, Trumble 6-3-16, Shelmandine 1-0-2, Harmon 3-0-6. Totals 14-5-35.


Palmatier 4-1-12, Bynum 2-3-7, Wayman 2-0-5, Haemmerle 3-1-7, Terrell 2-1-5, Gasner 3-5-11. Totals 16-11-47.

3-point goals: OESJ 2 (A. Eggleston, Trumble); Middleburgh 4 (Palmatier 3, Wayman).


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