High Schools: Scotia-Glenville girls’ basketball falls to Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Rosie Sculco shoots over Scotia-Glenville's Riley O'Malley (22) during Thursday's Foothills Council game at Amsterdam High School. (Paul Wager/The Daily Gazette)

Amsterdam's Rosie Sculco shoots over Scotia-Glenville's Riley O'Malley (22) during Thursday's Foothills Council game at Amsterdam High School. (Paul Wager/The Daily Gazette)

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AMSTERDAM — In its first game of the new year, the Amsterdam girls’ basketball team defended every inch of the court from start to finish to post a Foothills Council victory over Scotia-Glenville Thursday, 74-49, at Amsterdam High School.

The Lady Rams outscored the Tartans 42-26 in the second half.

“With full-court pressure, you just eventually hope to wear the other team down,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “I think that’s what happened in the second half.”

Felise Fowler scored 14 points to lead Amsterdam, which had 10 of 11 players score. Liana Brown finished with 10 points for the Lady Rams, while Natalee Agresta had nine, and Annika Fedullo, Sharazade Cooper and Rosie Sculco all finished with eight.

“This was a good win. We got a lot of shots up and the effort was there,” Duemler said. “We’re trying to build some momentum in the second half of the season.”

Kara McCarthy scored 14 points to lead Scotia-Glenville, while Keeley Kristel finished with 13 points. Mia Cooper added another eight points.

“Overall, I thought we played pretty well,” Scotia-Glenville coach Macie Howard said. “I wish we could have handled the pressure better. The good thing about this league is that we’ll get another shot at them later this season. It’s all part of the learning process.”

Amsterdam started quickly Thursday, grabbing a 9-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game.

The Tartans battled back to make it 9-8, a run that included five straight points from Kristel.

The Lady Rams then closed out the opening quarter with a 7-3 burst to take a 16-11 lead.

Amsterdam continued its momentum into the second, scoring the first five points to open up a 21-11 lead.

Scotia-Glenville closed the gap, again, pulling to within four, 27-23, with 1:18 left in the half. But, Amsterdam had another response of its own and took a 32-23 advantage into the break.

“We handled their pressure well in the first half,” Howard said. “All week, we’ve been trying to get ready to play here. It’s always loud and intense, and I wanted us to try to keep our composure.”

In the second half, Amsterdam racheted up its pressure, and steadily pulled away. First, it was a 14-7 run to start the second half — 46-30 Lady Rams. Then, it a 10-4 surge that built the lead to 56-34 after three quarters.

Amsterdam led by as many as 31 points in the final quarter.

“We knew going into the season that it was going to be a process,” Duemler said. “Just figuring out how to blend everyone in has been a big part of that process, but we’re starting to get there.”

Amsterdam (5-6 overall, 3-2 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to South Glens Falls on Monday for a 7 p.m. contest.

“I think we’re on the uptick. We’re going to be better in the second half of the season,” Duemler said. “We’re right in the mix. We’re going to be stronger in 2023 than we were in 2022.”

Scotia-Glenville (3-5, 2-3) is slated to travel to Mekeel Christian Academy on Saturday for a non-league game at noon.

Scotia-Glenville     11 12 11 15 — 49
Amsterdam           16 16 24 18 — 74

Scotia-Glenville scoring: McGlaughlin 2-0-4, Cooper 1-0-3, McCarthy 4-6-14, Cooper 3-2-8, Bodden 1-0-2, Acosta 0-1-1, R.O’Malley 1-2-4, Kristel 5-1-13. Amsterdam scoring: Fedullo 4-0-8, Martinez 1-2-4, Cooper 4-1-9, Rivera 1-0-2, K. Fowler 2-0-6, Agresta 4-0-9, F. Fowler 4-5-14, Sculco 3-2-8, Derrico 1-2-4, Brown 4-2-10. Scoring totals: Scotia-Glenville 17-12-49. Amsterdam 28-14-74.

Deavion Springsteen had 16 points and teammate Nathan Fields scored 15 in Albany’s 65-62 Suburban Council boys’ basketball comeback win against Saratoga Springs. The Blue Streaks led 50-48 heading into the fourth quarter. Andre Robbens scored 22 points for Saratoga Springs and Andrew Stallmer added 19.

Aayden Green scored 21 points to lead Lansingburgh to a 61-55 win against La Salle in the Colonial Council.

Albany defeated Saratoga Springs 62-48 in Suburban Council girls’ basketball. Shonyae Edmonds scored 15 points and collected 12 rebounds in the win, while Nevaeh House added 13 points and five steals, and Iyana Weeden scored 10. Carly Wise scored 23 points to lead Saratoga Springs, while Natasha Chudy added 13. Albany led 31-29 at halftime, then outscored Saratoga Springs 17-4 in the third quarter.

Queensbury topped Schuylerville 44-40 in Foothills Council play. Shea Canavan led the way with 14 points in the win.

Broadalbin-Perth won 67-43 against Gloversville. Mairead Marsden and Molly Russom each scored 16 points in the win, and Camille Calderone added a dozen. For Gloversville, Zoie Tesi scored 15 points.

The Ballston Spa girls’ basketball team topped Lansingburgh 72-23 in a non-league game. Olivia Verdile and Jess Bowens each scored a dozen points in the win, while Mallory Sprissler scored 11 and Aubrey Kramer added 10. Ballston Spa led 36-12 at halftime and then put together a 24-1 third quarter.

Mayfield secured a 71-39 Western Athletic Conference girls’ basketball win against Berne-Knox-Westerlo. Mayfield led 42-22 at halftime. In the win, Cloey Dopp scored 36 points and made six 3-pointers. Also for Mayfield, Jaidyn Chest produced eight points, Katarina Agerter added seven and Sallyann Agerter scored six. For B-K-W, Katie Stevens had 15 points.

In Western Athletic Conference boys’ basketball, Berne-Knox-Westerlo won 70-63 against Mayfield. Dayne Coates and AJ Wright each scored 21 points in the win. For Mayfield, Trevor Ruberti had 20 points and seven rebounds, Cam Abdella scored 17 points, and Sean Foreman produced seven points and 11 rebounds.

Duanesburg won 75-22 against Schoharie. Jeffrey Mulhern scored 22 points in the win and Owen Lohret added 14.

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