Saturday, February 14, 2015

Glens Falls Girls win Foothills Championship with 49-40 win over Amsterdam

GLENS FALLS - The Tougas Sisters combined for 36 total points, each scoring 18 points a piece, as the Glens Falls Indians never trailed on their way to the Foothills Council Girls Championship with the 49-40 win over the Amsterdam Rams on Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Indians used a 15-9 second quarter to take a 24-14 lead at the half.

The Amsterdam Rams started storming back, closing to within 6 points of the Indians in the fourth quarter, and took the ball off a Glens Falls turnover with the chance to close to within one possession.  However, the Rams coughed up the ball, the Indians bounced back.

The win brings an end to Amsterdam's 16 game win streak that dated back to last December.  The Rams had been undefeated in league play after losing their first two games against St. Laurent and Fernand-Lefebvre during a Thanksgiving weekend trip up to MontrĂ©al that was played under international FIBA rules, which included a shot clock set at 24 seconds instead of 30.

For the Indians, it was sweet revenge for their 64-52 loss to the Rams back in January.  In that game, the Rams scored 30 points from the charity stripe out of 42 tries, as fouls dominated the game.  By comparison, the Rams only scored 7 points from the free throw line this time.

Defensively, the Indians forced the Rams secondary scorer Guilianna Pritchard to only two points, and Nina Fedullo was kept to just under her average with 15 points.  Maria Lamonto added 11.

Next for both teams will be sectionals, as seedings will be announced on Wednesday.  The win improves Glens Falls's chances of walking out of the meeting with the #1 seed in Class A, and could drop Amsterdam down a few ranks.

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