Scotia-Glenville girls’ basketball falls to Amsterdam in overtime

Two basketball players waiting for a rebound

Scotia-Glenville's Jessica Bodden, left, looks to block out Amsterdam's Ailani Aleman-Rivera after a missed free throw Monday in a Foothills Council girls' basketball showdown at Scotia-Glenville High School.

GLENVILLE —The Scotia-Glenville girls’ basketball team needed just a few more seconds and one more possession Monday night to possibly deliver one of the biggest wins in the team’s history.

They just didn’t get it.

Down by 15 points in the first half to Route 5 rival Amsterdam, Scotia roared back in the third quarter and used that momentum late to force overtime Monday night.

After three minutes and 59 seconds of the four-minute overtime session, their momentum and luck ran out as Amsterdam escaped with an 81-80 Foothills Council win on the road inside the Scotia gym.

“I think we’re thinking ‘okay, we’re gonna get a chance to open up because we won by a lot last time,’ but their kids played hard right to the very end and they were tough,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “We struggled with the pressure for a while. A lot of credit goes to Scotia. We persevered in the end and made the foul shot that we needed.”

Scotia’s Keeley Kristel hit two consecutive three-pointers in the closing minute of regulation before Karaline McCarthy sank the first of two free throws to tie the contest at 72 apiece with 18 seconds left, leading to the overtime session.

In overtime the two squads battled, exchanging the lead twice before Karaline McCarthy drove to the bucket, scoring and was awarded one shot on the foul. 

She sank the free throw to tie the game at 80-80.

Felise Fowler was fouled at the opposite end and hit the second of two free throws and the 81-80 lead with 0.93 seconds left.

To the dismay of Duemler and the elation of the Scotia bench, a player was fouled on the inbounds pass and sent to the line with 0.09 seconds left.

Neither one fell into the net.

“I’ve been in a situation before and it is the worst to feel like you lost the game for the team,” Scotia coach Macie Howard said. “Those five seconds do not even compare to the rest of the game. That accumulates to one more time we should have gotten lower on defense and not gotten beaten, one more rebound we should have gotten to that they couldn’t put it back up for a layup.

“That is such a huge amount of pressure on a teenage girl to put those in. I hate for her to even be in that but I think that’s something that everybody can learn from as well.”

Monday was a huge moral victory for a Scotia team that was beaten soundly by Amsterdam on Jan. 5, 74-49.

“I think that we definitely underestimated them compared to the first time we played them,” Cooper said, finishing with 13 points on the night. “They came out stronger than we’ve ever seen and I think we worried a little bit. We’re definitely a second-half team, so seeing them kind of come after us like that definitely pushed us to want to win and I knew we were leaving here with the W.”

Kaijah Fowler finished with a team-high 18 points, looking for a calm within the energized second-half play from Scotia.

“It’s focusing on the defense, getting steals and pushing the ball. Yes, that’s the defense getting steals and pushing the ball,” Kaijah Fowler said. “Just settling down. You can’t get too crazy, settle and get the easy baskets.”

Reach Stan Hudy at [email protected] and follow him @StanHudy on Twitter.

Amsterdam 24 9 25 14 9 — 81

Scotia-Glenville 13 14 27 18 8 — 80

Amsterdam (81)

Fedullo 5-3-10, Cooper 5-3-13, K. Fowler 7-0-18, Agresta 4-4-12, F. Fowler 2-3-7, Sculo 5-0-11, Brown 1-0-2. Totals: 29-13-81.

Scotia-Glenville (80)

  1. Cooper 0-2-2, McCarthy 9-6-27, Bodden 3-0-6, Acosta 6-1-13, R. O’Malley 2-0-4, S. O’Malley 3-3-9, Kristel 6-1-19. Totals: 29-13-80.

3-point goals: Amsterdam —K. Fowler 3, Sculco. Scotia-Glenville — Kristel 5.

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