AMSTERDAM — Antonia May’s objective Monday was simply to win, and have her Amsterdam girls’ basketball team stay within a game of Foothills Council leader Queensbury.
That happened, and so did something extra special for the Rams’ junior guard.
“My thought was to keep pace with Queensbury,” May said of next week’s opponent and the lone league team to beat Amsterdam this season. “We’re one game closer to Queensbury.”
May piled up a career-high 34 points in helping Amsterdam say on course for a meaningful rematch, with a 74-35 victory over Glens Falls. May generated 25 points to match her varsity best in the first half alone when the Rams build an insurmountable 43-9 advantage.
“She wasn’t looking to have that big game,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “It happened so quick.”
May was the recipient of numerous breakout passes after Amsterdam’s active defense forced one turnover after another in that dominant first half.
“Me being at the top [of Amsterdam’s 1-3-1 zone defense] gives me an advantage,” May said. “Our starting five is long and we were getting a lot of tips and we were breaking out.”
That style is by design, with the objective to turn miscues at one end into easy points at the other.
“It’s about the first two steps,” Duemler said. “When we get a turnover or a defensive board, we like to push it, and if someone is ahead, we want to get them the ball.”
May was in the right spot often Monday night and her teammates were more than willing to dish the ball. May scored 13 points in the first quarter which included four layups, and delivered 12 more points in the second frame with five layups.
“We rep that a lot in practice,” said May. “Every time we get a turnover we want to get that pass up there.”
May scored seven points in the third quarter and two in the fourth before sitting with 5:25 to go. She could have had a few more points, but late in the third quarter she declined to drop in what would have been an easy layup and instead fed Rosie Sculco for one.
“She is a freshman and she needs to get her points up,” May said. “She was wide open and I got an assist.”
May played 23 minutes in all, and was 13 of 15 on 2-point attempts and 2 of 3 on 3-point attempts.
“Working together as a team,” May said when asked what she liked best about Monday’s game. “We had an amazing amount of assists.”
All of that offense sprang from the diligent effort at the defensive end.
“It starts with Antonia [up top], but all five have to work like clockwork for it to work,” Duemler said.
Andie Gannon had 12 points, six rebounds and seven steals for Amsterdam (12-1, 14-2), and Sydney Hoefs had eight points, five assists and five steals. The Rams finished with 28 steals.
Amsterdam standout Jackie Stanavich left the game late in the first quarter and did not return after the junior sustained a knee injury.
Glens Falls 6 3 10 16 — 35
Amsterdam 23 20 22 9 — 74
Glens Falls scoring: Cutter 4-1-12, Williams 1-2-4, Bayle 1-0-2, Benway 1-0-2, Bordeaux 4-0-9, Hill 1-2-4, Endieveri 1-0-2. Amsterdam scoring: May 15-2-34, Stanavich 0-3-3, Gannon 3-6-12, S. Hoefs 2-3-8, K. Hoefs 2-0-6, Goodson 1-0-3, Sculco 2-0-4, Patrei 2-0-4. Scoring totals: Glens Falls 13-5-35, Amsterdam 27-14-74.
Reach Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.