Duanesburg ended Mekeel Christian Academy’s Western Athletic Conference Southern Division winning streak at 40 games Friday night with a 60-57 triumph that ended with students storming the Eagles’ basketball court in celebration.
Duanesburg was up at the half, 39-26, and never surrendered the lead in beating a Mekeel team it lost to, 85-58, earlier in the season.
“Duanesburg got off to a great start. They shot the ball well,” said Mekeel coach Chad Bowman. “They went on a 15-1 run in the first quarter. In the second quarter, they hit three threes in a row.”
Though Mekeel (5-1, 8-1) won the rebounding and turnover battles, it shot 19-for-64 from the field. Duanesburg (5-2, 11-2) shot 50 percent from the field, going 20-for-40.
Chris Smalls led Duanesburg with 16 points, and Drew Rice and Kevin Lenehan both scored 14.
“Duanesburg has a great group of kids, and they played hard and they played together,” said Bowman. “It was a great win for the Duanesburg program. For their kids, it was a great night.”
Mekeel had held off Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 56-50, on Wednesday night to extend its WAC division win streak.
The Lions’ last division loss came against Schoharie in the 2009-10 season, 67-47. The streak began with a 43-32 win against Duanesburg.
“We have to understand, clearly, we can get beat on any night,” said Bowman, who has guided Mekeel to 10 straight WAC division titles. “Now that we’ve faced some adversity, we’ll see how we respond.”
Duanesburg had lost 14 straight games to Mekeel. The Eagles’ last victory in the series came early in the 2006-07 season, 63-53, and Mekeel (then Schenectady Christian School) responded with a 23-game winning streak that led to a state Class C final four berth.
Nicole Baratiere of Mekeel Christian Academy and Emily Parslow of Fonda-Fultonville set school records with eight three-point baskets in wins Friday night, and matched the Section II girls’ high for the season.
Baratiere delivered her eight long shots in a 64-43 Western Athletic Conference win against Duanesburg, and bettered the seven Katie Kaidas made for Mekeel in 2006.
Parslow’s eight threes came in a 71-45 Colonial Council win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, and topped the seven by former Braves standouts Natalie Mosconi in 2007 and Krystal Van Alstyne in 2000.
Chelsea Stevens of Hoosick Falls dropped in a school-record eight threes last month against Cambridge. . . .
Shea Irish of Warrensburg scored 43 points Tuesday in a loss to Whitehall, and on Friday, Erin Langworthy of Warrensburg nearly matched her schoolmate with 42 in a victory over Whitehall.
Pats end skid
After losing 17 straight basketball games to Christian Brothers Academy, Schenectady ended its skid with a 63-58 Big 10 win last week at the Pat Riley Sports Center.
“We got a signature win,” said fourth-year Patriots coach Eric Loudis. “We hadn’t had a big, big win in several years.”
Schenectady’s last win against CBA came early in the 2005-06 season, 56-51. Schenectady lost to CBA twice that season to begin its streak of futility, 67-61 in a league game, and again, 72-43, in a special playoff for the Big 10 championship.
“It’s the first game in a while where we had four compete quarters,” said Loudis. “We got out of the gate early. We went on some runs. Toward the end, we protected the ball and made foul shots.”
CBA beat Schenectady, 73-52, at home earlier this season, in a game that got out of hand in the first half. Schenectady was leading CBA late in the fourth quarter in a game last year at the Riley Center, but Nick Marini’s steal and layup gave the Brothers a dramatic 47-46 victory.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve had them almost once each year.” said Loudis.
Young Schenectady players delivered in the Tuesday night triumph, with eighth-grader Tobias Holmes scoring 20 points, sophomore Neftali Lind netting 16 points and 10th-grader Brandon Langston adding 10 assists.
“They’re definitely growing,” said Loudis.
Schenectady (7-3, 8-4) beat Amsterdam Friday, 48-39, for its fourth straight win and sixth victory in seven games. The only setback during that stretch came against unbeaten Scotia-Glenville, 75-68, in the title game at the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Tournament.
The Patriots have three games this week, starting Tuesday at Troy (9-1, 10-1). They host Bishop Maginn (3-6, 4-7) Thursday and entertain Big 10 leader Catholic Central (8-0, 10-0) Saturday.
Schenectady lost to Troy, 53-47, and Catholic Central, 58-54, early in the season.
“We didn’t play that well against those teams, and we were still in those games,” said Loudis. “My guys believe if they play well, they can beat anyone in the area.”
Track record falls
The long-standing 1,000 meter world junior indoor record held by local phenom Diana Richburg was broken by Bronxville High School senior Mary Cain Thursday at Boston University.
The 17-year-old Cain, who runs professionally, clocked a 2:39.25 as part of the BU Multi-Team Meet. Cain’s time broke Richburg’s indoor record of 2:40.1 set in December 1982, in New London, Conn., according to trackandfield.com.
Cain’s run established a meet record, was the eighth-fastest by an American woman and the fastest ever by a female still in high school.
Richburg won 800 and 1,500 state outdoor championships in 1981 while at Lansingburgh High School, and later attended the University at Albany, but did not compete for the Great Danes.
She participated in the 1984 Summer Olympics, and ran at the 1983 and 1987 Pan American Games.