Girls' basketball: Lady Dutch breeze in opener
Zibby Eckhardt scored 17 points Tuesday night as Guilderland beat Colonie, 56-39, in the quarterfinals of the Section II Class AA girls’ basketball tournament.
The teams split a pair of close, low-scoring games in the Suburban Council, but the sixth-seeded Lady Dutch jumped out to a 20-10 lead after one quarter and expanded that advantage to 49-30 going into the fourth.
Rebecca Golderman added nine points, and both Kayla Herbst and Olivia Bauman had seven points for 9-10 Guilderland, which plays top-seeded Shaker on Friday.
Brittany Alexander and Nicole Riddick both had 11 for Colonie, which finished 8-11.
Halle O’Brien and Amelia Lombardo teamed for 14 points as Niskayuna outscored Bishop Maginn, 19-6 en route to a 57-41 Class AA win.
O’Brien led 6-13 Niskayuna with 14 points, with Taylor Green adding 11 and Lombardo finishing with nine. Courtney Lane of Bishop Maginn had a game-high 29 points, going 16-for-18 from the foul line.
Nastasja Johnston scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as Columbia got past Saratoga Springs, 75-44.
The 13-6 Lady Blue Devils led by just seven at the half, but Johnston scored six in the third and eight in the fourth. Mary LaPoint added eight points in the third, as Columbia outscored Saratoga, 21-14, and Sarah Jaronmin got eight of her nine in the fourth to help seal the win.
Ann Mahoney led Saratoga with 17 points.
Nicole Conley scored 20 points, and Katelyn Dwyer got 19, including some clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, as Scotia-Glenville turned back Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 60-47, in Class A. The win earned the 14-5 Lady Spartans a rubber match with Foothills Council foe Queensbury on Saturday at Troy.
Lindsey Collins and Morgan Sullivan split 24 points for Burnt Hills.
Courtney Pingelski tossed in 12 points, and Kali DeMarco had 11 as Mechanicville beat Colonial Council rival Cohoes, 52-47, in Class B. The teams had split during the league season. Isabella Vanelli led Cohoes with 22 points.
Megan Flynn, Kelly Pine and Carsen Williams teamed for 36 points as Hoosick Falls topped Voorheesville, 51-36, in another “B” game.
Mayfield, the No. 11 seed, pulled the biggest upset in Class C, getting 14 points from Sydney Sheldon and 13 from Kaylee Bumpus in a 47-43 win over sixth-seeded Waterford-Halfmoon. The 11-8 Lady Panthers play Greenwich on Friday at 6 at Maple Hill.
Greenwich beat Schoharie, 73-33, behind 26 points from Alexis Case.
Maple Hill, the No. 2 seed, downed Duanesburg, 61-28, behind 23 points from Lindsay Mannion to earn the home court.
Fort Plain gets Maple Hill, after the seventh-seeded Lady Hilltoppers beat Galway, 45-36. Haley Klimartin had 19 points and Abby Boyer 17 for the Lady Hilltoppers.
Jordyn Logan and Lauren Balfe both had 12 points to lead Canajoharie past Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 51-35. The Cougars play at No. 1 seed Hoosic Valley on Friday.
Lake George and Middleburgh will meet in the first game of the pair at Hoosic Valley. Lake George eliminated Mekeel Christian School, 44-41; and the Lady Knights downed Cambridge, 60-42, as four players were in double figures, led by Carley Ryan with 18 points.