SCHUYLERVILLE — When the Amsterdam girls' basketball team is working on rebounding drills during practice, it's common for head coach Eric Duemler to single out Andie Gannon.
"Because," Duemler said after his team's 72-34 Foothills Council win Monday at Schuylerville, "she's good at it."
On the Amsterdam squad, the 5-foot-9 junior is the best at it, using an aggressive style to gain position, a keen sense for where the ball will come off the rim, and good hops to go up and get it.
"That's the most important thing for me. Rebounding," Gannon said. "I am one of the biggest girls on the team, and it's my job to get those rebounds."
Gannon snagged 11 of them Monday in three quarters of play, and led the Running Rams in scoring, too, with 16 points.
"Double-double just about every time out," Duemler said of the team captain.
Gannon said she doesn't mind doing the dirty work for the Foothills Council title contenders, and that includes digging in on defense. She was part of a big collective performance at that end Monday with four steals and six deflections.
"I try to get every rebound, and I go for deflections. Deflections lead to steals, and steals lead to points," Gannon said. "When I go out there, I try to help the team any way I can."
"She is one of the best rebounders we've had, and she is also a very good passer," Duemler said of the two-year starter. "She is an unselfish player. She is tough and physical. All of the things we want at Amsterdam."
Amsterdam (7-1, 8-2) wanted to jump out quickly against Schuylerville, and raced to a 19-6 lead after the opening quarter.
"We didn't want to play soft," Duemler said.
Antonia May scored nine of her 13 points in the opening quarter. Gannon netted six in the second quarter as the Rams extended their advantage to 36-17.
"This squad will pass up a pretty good shot and make a pass so we get an even better one," Duemler said.
That extra-pass offense was often on display, as well as a get-after-it defensive effort that quelled Schuylerville (0-7, 1-9). May, another junior in Amsterdam's starting lineup, was a key defensive figure with her long reach at the top of her team's 1-3-1 zone.
"In practice, Coach always works us hard on defense," Gannon said. "He wants us to be a strong defensive team."
Jackie Stanavich had 13 points for the Rams, and Sydney Hoefs added 11 points.
Gannon delivered eight of her points during a 26-6 third-quarter run.
"She has gotten better at finishing around the rim," Duemler said.
Macey Koval scored 10 points for Schuylerville and Lauren King added six.
Monday was the first of five straight road games for Amsterdam.
Amsterdam 19 17 26 10 — 72
Schuylerville 6 11 6 11 — 34
Amsterdam scoring: Schaufelberg 1-0-2, Stanavich 6-1-13, Gannon 6-4-16, S. Hoefs 4-1-11, K. Hoefs 1-0-2, Goodson 1-0-3, May 6-0-13, DeRosa 2-2-8, Sculco 2-0-4. Schuylerville scoring: Vautrin 2-0-4, King 3-0-6, Koval 3-4-10, Buff 2-0-5, Tavares 2-1-5, Vianese 1-1-4. Scoring totals: Amsterdam 29-8-72, Schuylerville 13-6-34.