CLIFTON PARK — OK, the Shenendehowa girls’ basketball stat crew is a little short-handed lately.
The team itself, though, is fully loaded, deep and working with cohesiveness, as the Plainsmen showed on Wednesday night.
Ten different players scored, and Shenendehowa’s zone defense limited Guilderland scoring star Valencia Fontenelle-Posson to 18 points, as the Plainsmen defeated the Lady Dutch 85-42 in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Providence-bound Meghan Huerter led Shen’s balanced offense with 19 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, but head coach Joe Murphy was at a loss to supply a number for her shot attempts from behind the arc.
“With the [COVID-19] protocols, unfortunately we’re only allowed to have so many people in the room. So my statistician from last year is now my filmer,” he said with a chuckle. “We used to have the iPad at halftime to look at the stats and the shooting locations and all that . . . no longer. It’s a lot tighter ship now.
“Just happy we’re playing.”
The deck of that tight ship was the court itself, where Shenendehowa (6-0) buckled down in the second quarter to break open what had been a close game.
The Plainsmen led 19-13 after the first quarter, then outscored the Lady Dutch 24-5 in the second to go ahead 43-18.
Shen was able to make a higher percentage of shots in the second quarter, and also leaned on Guilderland (3-1) when the Siena-bound Fontenelle-Posson was out of the game for a breather.
She came into the game averaging 30 points a game through the first three games. Murphy credited his team for how they applied defensive rotations that weren’t installed until the day before.
“Defensively, we held them to one shot, our press disrupted them quite a bit, we got some easy leak-out layups, and when he [Guilderland head coach Chuck Mack] went to his bench, that was definitely a big plus for us,” Murphy said. “We took advantage of that when Valencia and a couple of starters sat down for a couple minutes. We were able to increase the lead at that point and kind of continued it all the way through.
“She’s a phenomenal scoring talent, there’s no doubt about it. To hold her to 18, we did a decent job on her. She’s going to get hers, we know that. We really tried to limit their 3-point shots. We knew they were coming in hitting double-digit 3s every game.”
“We sat in a zone the whole game. It was a total team effort. Just wanted to know where she was at all times.”
On offense for Shen, Rylee Carpenter scored 15 points, Jillian Huerter scored 13 and Kaleigh Montanez had 12.
Alexis Martin scored 11 points for Guilderland.
“Jillian was in complete control the whole game,” Murphy said. “She only had 13 points, but she probably had close to double-digit assists. Rylee had a great second half, and our sophomore, Kaleigh, did a great job off the bench with 12.
“We had 10 kids score, a ton of kids rebounded the ball, they just sat right in the zone and got a lot of deflections, a lot of rebounds. It was a great team effort.”
Guilderland 13 5 11 13 — 42
Shenendehowa 19 24 23 19 — 85
Guilderland scoring: Fontelle-Posson 7-3-18, B. Gitto 3-0-7, McFerran 2-0-6, Martin 4-2-11. Shenendehowa scoring: J.Huerter 5-3-13, Jacques 2-0-4, Montanez 5-1-12, Slader 1-0-3, Carpenter 7-0-15, Carey 4-1-9, Cholakis 1-0-2, M. Huerter 6-2-19, Lee 3-0-6, Cozzens 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Guilderland 16-5-42, Shenendehowa 35-7-85.