JOHNSTOWN — Playing winless Johnstown on Wednesday allowed the Amsterdam girls’ basketball team to do some things it might not normally get the chance to do.
One of those things was to make sure its taller girls got involved in all parts of the game, and starting center Annie Fedullo and reserve center Liana Brown were willing participants in the Rams’ 62-22 Foothills Council win.
Though she only scored six points, Fedullo was a force with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, both game highs. Brown scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds and a blocked shot.
“It’s nice to get them involved,” Amsterdam coach Eric Duemler said. “The strength of our team is our bigs, to be honest with you. Annie’s gotten a lot better at passing, so it’s not like it’s an empty hole when you throw it to her. She takes advantage of her opportunities.
“And Liana is just coming off an injury, so I wanted to give her some minutes,” he added. “She just got cleared [recently]. She played against Scotia for just a few minutes. We ramped it up today.”
At one point, the game was tied at 3 early, but Amsterdam (8-3 league, 10-7 overall) found its footing to take a 16-5 lead after the first quarter.
And while Amsterdam didn’t score its first bucket of the second quarter until 4:39 remained, it took a 29-9 lead into the locker room at halftime. Brown scored six of her points in the second quarter.
Offensively, the Rams were led by senior guard Rosie Sculco, who scored a game-high 18 points, including 11 in the third quarter, when Amsterdam outscored the Lady Bills 21-4.
The Rams also got impressive games from Kasia Derrico, who started and produced eight points and solid defense, and reserve guard Jadiana Martinez, who finished with seven assists.
Claire Anderson led Johnstown (0-10, 0-14) with eight points. Bella Bermas added six points and four rebounds.
“Johnstown’s gotten better. They didn’t score in the first half the first time we played them,” Duemler said of the 66-6 win Dec. 12.
Amsterdam travels to Schuylerville on Thursday before facing Broadalbin-Perth at home Monday. Johnstown travels to Broadalbin-Perth Thursday.
Amsterdam 16 13 21 12 — 62
Johnstown 5 4 4 9 — 22
Amsterdam scoring: Fedullo 2-2-6, Cooper 1-1-3, Aleman-Rivera 1-0-3, K.Fowler 1-0-3, Agresta 0-3-3, F.Fowler 1-2-4, Sculco 7-3-18, Derrico 3-0-8, Brown 6-2-14. Johnstown scoring: Anderson 3-0-8, Bermas 3-0-6, Hall 1-0-2, Hisert 2-0-4, Lopez 1-0-2. Team totals: Amsterdam 22-13-62, Johnstown 10-0-22.
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