Falcons open gym in style, 65-22

Monica Compton sank a 10-foot jumper on Schenectady Christian’s first trip down, and soon after, Ash
Bethany Goodrich of Schenectady Christian, right, moves past Mya Johnson of Loudonville Christian Friday.
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Bethany Goodrich of Schenectady Christian, right, moves past Mya Johnson of Loudonville Christian Friday.

Monica Compton sank a 10-foot jumper on Schenectady Christian’s first trip down, and soon after, Ashlyn Slater nailed a three-point basket, yet it wasn’t until the second quarter when the Falcons really began to feel comfortable in their new gymnasium.

“I sensed a little nervousness. In that first quarter, you could tell. They were a little out of control,” said first-year Schenectady coach Gina Feliciano said after Friday’s non-league matchup with Loudonville Christian. “In the second quarter, they settled down. We went over our assignments, and took care of bus­iness.”

Compton and Bethany Goodrich sparked a 22-0 second-quarter run, Slater turned in a fabulous shooting display in the third period and Schenectady Christian made the first game played at its 750-seat, 17,300-square-foot facility a rousing success with a 65-22 triumph.

The SCS boys’ team followed suit with a victory over Cambridge.

“Being the first time on the court, I know I was a little nervous,” said Slater, a senior guard who fired in a game-high 26 points, three off her career best. “This was a big deal. I think we were all a little jittery, but then we got into a flow and the jitters wore off, and we played the way we’re capable of playing.

“That’s the way we want to play all year.”

Schenectady Christian (2-0) used its second-quarter outburst to pull away from an 11-7 lead, and Slater piled up 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting over the next eight minutes as the hosts — the defending Western Athletic Conference Southern Division champions — extended their advantage to 56-16.

“It felt great to be on my own home court and be able to do that,” said Slater, a four-year varsity performer. “It’s fantastic. This whole thing is awesome to be a part of.”

Schenectady Christian basketball teams had played their home games over the last several years at nearby Scotia-Glenville High School and at Perth Bible Academy in Amsterdam, rather than in the cramped confines of their old basement gymnasium.

Fresh paint can still be smelled in the new gym, and the bright white walls are still absent of banners honoring the school’s many athletic acomplishments. The two that do hang represent the girls’ 2005-06 Section II Class C championship team and the boys’ 2006-07 state Class C final four team. One of the star players on that team, Matt McCarty, was on hand for the opening cerem­onies and varsity girls’ contest.

“It’s awesome. It’s quite a change, not having to travel down the road for a home game,” said Goodrich, a senior forward, after her 15-point, 14-round performance. “It’s really cool. This is our gym.”

“It feels great to look up and see blue and white instead of red,” said Slater. “We appreciate those other schools letting us use their gyms, but it’s nothing like this.”

Friday’s game was nothing like Schenectady Christian’s season-opener at Corinth, a game the Falcons rallied late to win, 49-47.

“We started fast-breaking and moving the ball. We made some good defensive stops and got it together,” Goodrich said of the second quarter. “In the third quarter, Ashlyn couldn’t miss.”

Arlina Anderson’s layup pulled Loudonville Christian within four at the end of the first quarter, and Slater and Goodrich opened the second period with three-point baskets. Compton then turned a steal into a layup for the first of her eight points in the quarter, while Goodrich went on to total nine.

A Goodrich putback capped the 22-0 surge, and Loudonville Christian’s only basket came with 17 seconds left, on a layup by Mya Johnson.

Slater dropped in two layups, sank four short jumpers and hit a pair of three-point bombs en route to her 18 third-quarter points, which were four more than she connected for against Corinth.

“I got in a really good rhythm. The rim looked like it was huge,” Slater said. “I decided to take the ball and put in the hole.”

A freshman guard, Compton finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Rachel Brush had eight points, four assists and six steals. Those six steals and four more by Slater were part of a 26-turnover game for Loudonville Christian, 11 coming in the second quarter.

Chelsea Wagner led the Eagles with six points, and Mya Johnson and Anderson both had five. Anderson also had eight rebounds and four steals.

Boys TRIUMPH

Steve Brundage scored 19 points, and the homestanding Schenectady Christian varsity boys beat Cambridge in a night game, 54-45, to begin their season.

Ian Compton added 15 points for the Falcons, seven coming in the third quarter, and Kelsey Collins contributed 13. Will Bromirski paced the Indians with 13 points.

“It was amazing. It was a special night for everyone involved,” said Schenectady Christian coach Chad Bowman. “It was nice to get a win to top it off, but the gym was the story of the night.”

GIRLS

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN 65,

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN 22

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN

Wagner 2-0-6, Anderson 2-1-5, Johnson 2-1-5, King 1-0-2, Parker 0-4-4. Totals: 7-6-22

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN

Slater 11-0-26, Goodrich 6-2-15, Bishop 1-0-2, Brush 3-0-8, Compton 6-0-12, Holmes 1-0-2. Totals: 28-2-65.

Loudonville Christ.  7  2  7 6 — 22

Schenectady Christ. 11 22 23 9 — 65

Three-point goals: Wagner 2, Slater 4, Goodrich, Brush 2.

BOYS

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN 54,

CAMBRIDGE 45

CAMBRIDGE

Bromerski 5-0-13, Parmenter 5-0-11, Hunt 3-0-6, D’Aruto 4-2-10, Catin 1-0-3, Motsiff 1-0-2. Totals: 19-2-45.

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN

M. Gallup 1-0-2, McCarty 1-1-3, McClain 1-0-2, Collins 4-3-13, Compton 5-2-15, Brundage 7-3-19. Totals: 19-9-54.

Cambridge 10 11 11 13 — 45

Schenectady Christ. 15 15 11 13 — 54

Three-point goals: Bromerski 3, Parmenter, Catin, Collins 2, Compton 3, Brundage 2.

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