FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Braves swept its boys’ and girls’ basketball contests at two sites Wednesday night as part of the opening night of “high” risk winter sports in Montgomery County.
The Braves girls’ basketball squad defeated visiting Canajoharie 68-26, and the boys’ squad topped the Cougars 68-44 on the road. Both games were covered via livestream as spectators, including reporters, were not allowed into the gymnasiums of both sites as part of safety protocols.
Fonda girls’ basketball coach Flip Boshart wasn’t surprised with his team’s successful start to the season, which had been delayed since November because of state regulations related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We have a core that’s been around and been in the gym so often and for so many hours that they know the expectations and they set that tone,” Boshart said in a phone interview. “They came out and were aggressive, and it was really great to see.”
Carly Atty led Fonda in two offensive categories and a single defensive one with 17 points, five assists and six steals.
Kyla Smith contributed a 10-point, five-rebound and five-steal night, while Marilyn Whitcavitch dropped in 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.
“Any one of our returners could be that leader,” Boshart said.
He added: “Next game you might see Kyla [Smith] score 17 or 20, it could be Lyndsay [Lombardoni], it could be [Marilyn] Whitcavitch. That’s kind the beauty of this team is that they’re willing to give it up to somebody else just to make sure we get a great shot.”
The Braves broke out quickly, forcing turnovers and hitting shots, jumping out to a 40-9 halftime lead before cruising to victory.
HASTINGS LEADS BRAVES
The Fonda boys’ basketball team jumped out to a 24-14 lead and used a balanced scoring attack in its win against Canajoharie.
“The last few years, we’ve had a big-time scorer [Jackson Atty]. Losing that, I knew it was going to be a different type of team,” Fonda coach Eric Wilson said during a phone interview. “They’re unselfish; I don’t think anybody cares who’s scoring.”
Nick Hastings came of the bench to lead the Braves offense with 16 points. Colin Kowalski added 13 points, including 11 in the first quarter. Connor Weaver dropped in 11 points and Jackson Cusack added 10.
“To be able to spread it around like that is a nice problem to have because teams can’t focus on one or two kids,” Wilson said. “They’re looking at multiple kids that can put up those types of numbers.”
With Atty graduating, Fonda lost a 1,000-point scorer and 3-point shooting machine. This season, the Braves need to find a way to replace that production.
Kowalski is part of that solution, hitting 48 3-pointers last year as a sophomore.
“You want to try to find him when he’s open and he knows that when he’s got a good look that he has the green light to let them fly,” Wilson said. “We need him to be a little bit more aggressive this year now that he’s a year older.”
Canajoharie’s Robert Fairly scored a game-high 23 points.
“You can see he’s got great [basketball] IQ. This is a type of kid [that] he’s going to get some points and we understand that we just want to limit him the best we can,” Wilson said. “He had 23 and I thought we did a decent job on him.”
Fonda-Fultonville 14 26 17 11 – 68
Canahoharie 6 3 10 7 – 26
Fonda-Fultonville scoring: Lombardoni 4-0-8, Smith 4-1-10, Atty 6-2-17, Lake 1-0-2, Cusack 3-0-6, Whitcavitch 5-0-10, Slezak 1-0-2, Crahan 2-1-5, Christmas 1-3-5. Canajoharie scoring: F. Fowler 0-1-1, K. Fowler 2-2-6, Prime 4-2-10, M. Fowler 2-0-4, VanSlyke 1-0-2, Hohensheldt 0-1-1, Blakeslee 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Fonda-Fultonville 28-7-68, Canajoharie 10-6-26.
Fonda-Fultonville 24 18 11 15 – 68
Canajoharie 14 12 8 10 – 44
Fonda-Fultonville scoring: Boyer 0-1-1, Egelston 2-2-7, Cusack 5-0-10, Neff 1-0-2, Kowalski 4-2-13, Weaver 3-5-11, Coupas 2-2-6, Hastings 8-0-16, Sisco 1-0-2. Canajoharie scoring: Greensleet 1-0-2, Suits 1-0-3, Fairley 9-2-23, Tamsett 3-4-10, Montanye 2-0-4, O’Neil 0-2-2. Scoring totals: Fonda-Fultonville 26-12-68, Canajoharie 16-8-44.