Categories: High School Sports
With just nine players on the roster, and no junior varsity, the Schenectady Christian School girls’ basketball team is a close unit.
“Some of us played volleyball together, some of us have been playing basketball together since we were little,” said Heidi Frazer, the lone senior on the Falcons’ team. “We’re getting to know each other pretty well.”
Frazer scored 19 points, and 11th-grader Rachael Brush had 13 Tuesday night as the Falcons beat Duanesburg, 47-32, to run their Western Athletic Conference record to 4-0 and their overall mark to 7-1.
Frazer’s long arms and Brush’s quick feet and hands fronted a Falcons zone defense that forced the Eagles out of their game plan, and turned the misses and turnovers into transition baskets.
“We took more outside shots than we would have liked,” said Duanesburg coach Joe DeGuile, whose team fell to 3-2 in the WAC. “But we’re a young team, and with a young team, you’re going to have some good nights and some bad nights.
“This was just a bad night for us.”
“We work on our defense in practice,” said Brush, who also hit a pair of three-pointers on one trip down the floor in the third quarter. “We got a lot of points off the defense tonight.”
Duanesburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead, as senior Allison Paludi hit a three and Samantha Tomeck converted a Falcon turnover into a basket 3:05 into the game.
The Falcons then went on an 11-0 run, and finished the first eight minutes with a 15-10 lead. Frazer did most of the damage, scoring eight points, all on drives, most after a change of possession.
“She’s got the ability to drive to the basket or shoot from the outside, so it makes it tough for the defense,” said Schenectady Christian School coach Shaun Maynard. “I liked what our defense did.
“We were able to get a lot of points off turnovers. That’s just hustle. And that’s what we need to do. The one game we lost [to Monument Mountain in the Hoosick Falls tournament], we didn’t hustle.”
With the Falcons denying entry passes, Duanesburg’s best option was the outside shooting of Paludi, who finished with 15 points on six baskets, split evenly between two-pointers and three-point shots.
“She’s a good player. She can shoot it,” said DeGuile, whose team managed only Paludi’s two-pointer in the second quarter. “
“Coach told us this was one of the better teams in our division, and we wanted to play a good game,” said Brush. “We didn’t play very well in the game we lost, and we wanted to come out after the [school] break and play our game.”
Brush gave her team its biggest lead, 33-14, when she nailed a pair of three-pointers early in the third period.
Brush was fouled after hitting her first three, and was one of the most surprised people in the gym when the Falcons were given another possession when the foul was determined to be committed after, not during, the shot.
“I was expecting to go to the foul line,” Brush said. “I don’t think I’ve seen that called, where we get the ball back. But the referee said she fouled me after the shot.”
Brush knocked home another three-pointer moments later, putting her team up by 19.
“She’s a good shooter,” said Maynard. “Rachel, Heidi and Monica [Compton] are our three best shooters, and Rachel knocked down those three-pointers.”
The game was the first of three straight for the Falcons against the other top teams in the WAC South after opening with wins against Canajoharie, Middleburgh and Schoharie. Those three teams were a combined 2-9 in league play going into Tuesday night’s schedule.
“We have a tough part of the schedule coming up,” said Frazer, of Friday’s game at Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Tuesday’s contest at Sharon Springs. “But the way we’re playing, I think we’re ready for it.”
Paludi 6-0-15, Tomeck 2-2-7, Kenyon 1-0-2, McGarry 1-0-2, Rice 1-2-4, Saunders 1-0-2. Totals: 12-4-32.
SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Frazer 9-1-19, Compton 2-0-4, Brush 4-2-13, Carter 1-0-2, Quirion 2-0-4, Holmes 1-0-2, Taplin 1-1-3. Totals: 20-4-47.
Duanesburg 10 2 9 11 — 32
Schen. Christian 15 10 11 11 — 47
Three-point goals: Paludi 3, Tomeck, Brush 3.