Emily Parslow and Macie Howard have a lot in common, and if some things fall their way in the coming seasons, they may end up sharing something else.
The varsity girls’ basketball coaches at Gloversville and Scotia-Glenville are hoping to lead their respective teams in a direction opposite of where they are now, and who knows, maybe even bigger prospects could be on the horizon for the Montgomery County natives and their Foothills Council teams.
Right now they’re two young teams struggling for wins, and they are led by two young but ambitious coaches in the 24-year-old Parslow and the 25-year-old Howard.
“Just get better,” Parslow said of her immediate objective for the Dragons. “We don’t have the record we want, but if we keep working on things, hopefully we’ll become more competitive.”
Gloversvlle has won two games this season, both of them coming against Mekeel Christian Academy where Howard (formerly Macie Holmes) once excelled on the basketball court.. Scotia-Glenville has three wins this season, with two of them coming against Parslow’s Dragons including Monday night’s 56-26 decision.
“My big vision is to build a name for the girls program at Scotia,” Howard said. “It starts with giving structure to the program. They’ve had five coaches in eight years.”
Neither Howard or Parslow was ready to talk about championships like they won together at Russell Sage College, both taking a shorter view instead.
“We’ll have our offseason workouts,” said Parslow, who played her high school ball at Fonda-Fultonville and, like Howard, scored over 1,000 points before heading off to Sage. “I can’t drag them there, but it would be great if they came. It would help them and the program.”
“This coming summer is going to be huge,” Howard, an Amsterdam native, chimed in. “One of the girls asked ‘Are we going to work out?’ and I said, ‘yes, we’re going to work out.’ There’s so much unleashed potential there.”
Parslow is in her third season as Gloversville’s varsity coach, although the school did not field a team in 2019-20 due to low player numbers. Howard is in her first season as a varsity coach, and previously spent the 2019-20 season at her alma mater working with the modified girls’ team.
“I am learning, too,” Howard said. “When I came in I wanted to push, push, push. We tried it and found that it was not our forte, so we’re building in another way.”
Scotia-Glenville is developing into a defense-first team according to Howard, and the Tartans put their growth on display Monday. Keeley Kristel collected seven steals including five in the first quarter when the Tartans built a 12-4 lead.
“They’re starting to understand that everything we get on offense comes from our defense,” Howard said. “When I first started they didn’t know what to do. We worked on stopping the ball, filling passing lanes and getting on the floor.”
“We knew coming in they were big and aggressive,” Parslow said after Monday’s contest. “Their press bothered us.”
Scotia-Glenville also defeated Gloversville on Jan. 24 by a 48-36 margin.
“It’s incredibly weird to be going against her,” Parslow said of matching up with Howard. “We played together for so long.”
Parslow and Howard played three seasons of AAU ball together with the Saratoga Sparks as well as the four seasons at Russell Sage College.
In their freshman season in 2015-16, the guard tandem helped Sage win the Skyline Conference regular season title, and the following season they played a role for a Sage edition that won the conference tournament championship and earned an automatic NCAA berth.
Both are in the top 10 in several categories in the Sage record book.
“We played so long together,” Parslow said. “It got to the point where we knew what the other one was going to do. We assisted a lot on each other’s points.”
Kristel led Scotia-Glenville Monday with 16 points and Tori Nardini had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Zoie Tesi had nine points and 10 rebounds for Gloversville, and Layla Chapin added eight points.
The Tartans put together a 10-0 run late in the second quarter to open up a 26-6 advantage. Kristel capped the surge with a three-point play and a 3-point basket.
Gloversville 4 3 11 8 — 26
Scotia-Glenville 12 14 20 10 — 56
Gloversville scoring: Brown 0-1-1, Chapin 3-1-8, Christman 1-4-6, Tesi 3-3-9, Williams 1-0-2. Scotia-Glenville scoring: McGlauflin 1-2-4, Cooper 1-0-2, McCarthy 2-3-7, Snyder 1-0-2, Lorey 1-0-2, Nichter 1-0-2, Kristel 5-3-16, LeMorta 2-3-7, Nardini 7-0-14. Team totals: Gloversville 8-9-26, Scotia-Glenville 21-11-56.