Schalmont’s defense dominates in girls’ basketball win over Catholic Central

Schalmont's Karissa Antoine handles the ball next to Catholic Central's Tanavia Turpin in Tuesday's Colonial Council girls' basketball game.

Schalmont's Karissa Antoine handles the ball next to Catholic Central's Tanavia Turpin in Tuesday's Colonial Council girls' basketball game.

ROTTERDAM — The Schalmont girls’ basketball team showed its aggressive side when it was defending Catholic Central Tuesday night, and when it had the ball in its possession, too.

Using a press early on before shifting to their man-to-man, the Sabres pinned down the Crusaders and got a combined 50 points from their star inside-outside combination in a 67-44 Colonial Council win.

“I was happy with the entire groups’ defensive effort,” Schalmont coach Jeff Van Hoesen said after his team’s second defensive gem in five days. “This team is built off defense. We work on defense. The kids want to play defense.”

They like to score points, as well, and used a 17-3 run spanning the first and second quarters to gain all the separation needed against a Crusaders group playing its first game.

“We moved the ball,” said Schalmont senior guard Payton Graber, the school career scoring leader who connected for 30 points like she did in Friday’s 69-23 win against Lansingburgh. “We worked as a team, and that helped us.”

This Schalmont team is intact from last season except for Mya Cordy, who graduated.

“We only had seven games,” Graber said of her team’s condensed season, in which it went 7-0. “We used last season as a practice with an eye on this season.”

“Last year, our theme was to get better so we’re ready for this season,” Van Hoesen said. “We wanted to execute at the highest level possible.”
Schalmont’s defense was sharp from the start Tuesday, and its offense eventually caught up after the Sabres and Crusaders battled to a 9-9 tie..

“On defense, we did what we had to do,” said Schalmont sophomore forward Karissa Antoine, who collected 20 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots. “We knew when a girl got blown by, we would have a girl there to help.”

“Our best defense is man-to-man,” Van Hoesen said. “We helped each other out.”

Catholic Central’s only run of significance came late in the second quarter when a 7-0 push pulled the Crusaders within 26-19.

Schalmont had worked its advantage to 26-12 before that with its 17-3 run that saw the Sabres close the first quarter with a 9-3 surge and begin the second with an 8-0 flurry.

“It took us a little while to get settled into the game,” Van Hoesen said. “Payton started to assert herself, and everyone fed off that.”

Graber converted a 4-point play in the 9-3 spurt, and went end-to-end for a layup after a steal during the 8-0 burst that followed. Just before that, eighth-grader Arianna Brandon took down a rebound and went end-to-end for a layup.

“We have a lot of girls who can help us,” Graber said.

Schalmont often attacked the basket and scored plenty from inside the lane and the foul line after drawing contact

Haley Burchhardt’s 14 points included five layups. Graber’s output included an 11-for-15 free-throw effort. Antione’s second-half line included 15 points, with the 10th-grader going 6-for-6 from the line with three layups during that put-away stretch.

“I knew we had to build on it,” Antoine said after her team’s 29-19 halftime lead.

Tanavia Turpin had 15 points and nine rebounds for Catholic Central. Angelena Giuliano had 10 points and nine rebounds, and El’ Dior Dobere scored 10 points.

“Catholic Central is going to win some games,” Van Hoesen said. “Her [coach Audra DiBacco] kids are always ready to play.”

Schalmont is hoping to play deep into the season, but has plenty of work to do before sectional time.

“We don’t want to look too far ahead,” said Graber, who, like Burchhardt, had three steals as part of Schalmont’s defensive performance. “The goal is to win the game in front of us.”

Van Hoesen liked what he heard from his senior leader.

“Our theme for this season is win the day,” he said. “Win the next drill. Win the next practice. Win the next game so near the end of the year, we are playing our best ball.”

Catholic Central 12  7 16  9 — 44
Schalmont 18 11 25 13 — 67
Catholic Central scoring: Dobere 3-2-10, DiBacco 1-0-2, Ayotte 0-2-2, Wilk 0-1-1, Pratt 2-0-4, Giuliano 2-5-10, Turpin 6-3-15. Schalmont scoring: Frank 0-1-1, Graber 9-11-30, Antoine 6-6-20, Brandon 1-0-2, Burchhardt 6-1-14. Totals: Catholic Central 14-13-44, Schalmont 22-19-67.

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