AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam girls’ basketball team controlled its non-league contest against Fonda-Fultonville from the opening tip, but the 63-38 win didn’t thrill coach Eric Duemler.
“We weren’t happy, especially with our defense,” Duemler said during a post-game phone interview. “I thought we didn’t have the energy that we’ve been bringing, except in spurts.
“That’s something that I’ve got to handle, that my senior captains have to handle.”
Amsterdam defeated Fonda 70-22 when the teams previously played this month.
“We had beaten them by a lot the first time and you’re talking about high school kids,” Duemler said. “We just have to bring the energy and . . . play at the level that we expect out of ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Fonda coach Flip Boshart was pleased with the growth his team showed.
“The final was a 25-point game, but I saw improvement from where we were the first game against them,” Boshart said.
Amsterdam opened the contest with a 19-6 run.
“We tried to start with a zone. We were just a little sluggish in the zone, that was a big part of that,” Boshart said. “The first couple minutes were tough going; with [Amsterdam’s Antonia] May, Andie [Gannon] and Jackie [Stanavich], it’s always going to be tough. They’re going to take it right at you.”
Fonda found its shooting touch in the second quarter, but were outscored 19-16.
“That’s a good quarter for us,” Boshart said. “Losing to them by three points in a quarter, I feel really good.”
Amsterdam’s May finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Gannon dropped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Stanavich added 13 points.
Fonda was led by Lyndsay Lombardoni’s 12 points.
“Offensively, we were doing a lot of things that we want to do, but, defensively, without getting stops, that took away from our transition and we want to be a team that gets up and down the court,” Duemler said. “We’ve got to tighten it up on defense.
“We’ve got to watch the film and we play them a bunch more, so we’ll have a chance to show our best self in the future.”
Boshart welcomed the chance to see Amsterdam again, and the teams are scheduled to play later this season. At the moment, Montgomery County’s five schools are currently only allowed to play “high” risk sports against each other due to the county’s coronavirus infection rate.
“This is great for our girls to come in . . . [and] show some resiliency,” Boshart said. “I think today was definitely a resiliency day.
Fonda-Fultonville 6 16 11 5 – 38
Amsterdam 19 19 16 9 – 63
Fonda scoring: Lombardoni 3-0-12, Smith 2-4-9, Atty 1-0-2, Lake 1-3-6, Whitcavitch 2-2-6, Slezak 0-1-1, Christmas 1-0-2. Amsterdam scoring: Flint 0-3-3, J. Stanavich 5-2-13, Gannon 7-3-17, Goodson 2-0-6, May 6-7-20, Sculo 2-0-4. Scoring totals: Fonda 12-10-38, Amsterdam 22-15-63.