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Girard III looks to pass Kovatch

Girard III looks to pass Kovatch

Glens Falls ace chasing overall New York points mark
Girard III looks to pass Kovatch
Glens Falls senior Joseph Girard III will go for another scoring record Tuesday.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

Glens Falls basketball star Joseph Girard III holds a slew of scoring records, but on the overall points list for New York players, he is still No. 2.

That can change Tuesday night when Girard III and the Indians travel to Scotia-Glenville for a Foothills Council game. Girard III, the state record-holder for boys' with 3,532 points, needs 17 more to move past Caryn Kovatch, the state record-holder for girls' with 3,548 points.

Kovatch — then Caryn Schoff — amassed her total in a six-season career at St. Johnsville (1989-95), meaning Girard III is also No. 2 overall in the Section II. Girard III is in his fifth varsity season.

Here are a few more things to know.

ALL BUT CERTAIN

Girard III is averaging 45.2 points through five games, with a low of 34 in a season-opening win against Broadalbin-Perth. Since then the senor guard has produced 41, 53, 57 and 41 points. His low as a junior was 41 points when he averaged 50 over a 23-game stretch. In games against Scotia-Glenville last season, Girard III delivered 46 and 50 points.

KOVATCH FACTS

Despite her grand total, Kovatch reached the 50-point mark only once in her scholastic career, netting 51 in a game as a junior. The superstar forward also had games with 48 and 46 points as a senior. when she averaged 35.7 per game. Her other highs were 44 points twice, 43 points twice and 40 points twice.

St. Johnsville went 146-7 with Kovatch in its lineup and won five Section II and regional Class D titles, and two New York State Public High School and New York Federation Tournament of Champions crowns. The Saints put together a 64-game win streak that ended with a loss to Northville on a January 1995 night when Kovatch scored her 3,000th point.

MORE THAN POINTS

Like Girard III, the 6-foot Kovatch could impact a game in ways other that scoring. On a December 1994 night when she clicked for 34 points to pass Katrina Springer of Broadalbin-Perth for the Section II's career scoring record, she also grabbed 16 rebounds and collected 11 assists in a 63-32 win over Canajoharie.

SYRACUSE CONNECTION

Girard III will be playing his collegiate ball at Syracuse University, where Kovatch was a three-year starter and team captain during her senior year. Kovatch's father, Phil Schoff, also played at Syracuse in the 1960s. One of his teammates was current Orange head coach Jim Boeheim.

Boeheim was on hand at the Carrier Dome last month to congratulate Girard III after he quarterbacked the Glens Falls football team to its second state title in three years.

DIFFERENT APPROACH

While the 3-point shot has been a major source of offense for Girard III, Kovatch sank only two 3s in her varsity career (on three attempts) according to a Gazette story that announced her selection to its All-Area team in 1995. One of those 3s produced her final high school points.

Girard III has made at least one 3-pointer in every varsity game he has played, and shares the boys' Section II one-game record with 12.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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