Fonda-Fultonville gets past Hudson, 48-39
FONDA – It was not their best game of the year, but the Fonda-Fultonville girls basketball team is moving on.
Despite giving up 25 turnovers, the fifth-seeded Lady Braves survived and defeated No. 12 Hudson 48-39 to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Section II Class B girls basketball tournament
“It was an ugly win. That is the only way I can put it,” Fonda-Fultonville coach tom Nethaway said. “We had 25 turnovers and just didn’t seem to be in the flow of the game. We had a scouting report on [Hudson] and it was spot on. Everything it said they were going to do, they did. Everything we told the girls was going to happen, happened. We went over it again today in practice, we just didn’t execute.”
Fonda-Fultonville (14-5 overall) will play No. 4 Schalmont at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tamarac High School. The game is the first of double-header action Saturday with top-seeded Tamarac taking on No. 9 Mechanicville at 7:30 p.m.
In the other quarterfinal bracket, No. 3 Johnstown will play No. 6 Hoosick Falls in a 6 p.m. game at Watervliet High School. Second-seeded Watervliet will host No. 7 Ichabod Crane in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Miranda Nethaway got the Braves off to a good start with a three-point play in the opening minute before Cortlynn Jepsen converted on 3 of 4 free throws to tie the game.
Turnovers and miscues marked the next three minutes with neither team scoring until Cassandra Egelston was fouled on a successful 3-pointer and converted the free throw for a four-point play and a 7-3 Fonda-Fultonville lead.
The Lady Braves closed out the opening period on a 6-3 run for a 13-6 advantage.
The Blue Hawks could not close the gap as it bounced between a seven and five point lead for Fond-Fultonville early in the second period.
Julianna Taylor gave the Lady Braves some breathing room with her 3-pointer with just over five minutes left in the half. The trey sparked an 11-4 run to help Fonda-Fultonville take a 28-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
Hudson turned up the pressure in the opening minutes of the second half, going on a 11-0 run to tie the game at 28 with 4:36 left in the third period.
Egelston put the Lady Braves back on top, hitting a 3-pointer with 4:15 remaining to start a 7-4 run to give Fonda-Fultonville a three-point lead, 35-32, heading into the final period.
Veronica Mayhew opened the final stanza with a basket for the Blue Hawks to cut the lead to a single point, but the Lady Braves again broke away with a 10-0 run to build a 45-34 advantage with 2:20 left in the game.
Despite forcing a pair of turnovers and sending Egelston to the free-throw line twice in the closing minutes, Hudson could not make a run at the Lady Braves as they closed out the 48-39 victory.
“We had a chance to put them away early and we didn’t do it. We let them off the hook time and time again,” Coach Nethaway said. “We got up 10 and let them come back. We got back up eight and let them come back. You are not going to win a lot of games doing that.”
The Blue Hawks’s defense forced 25 Fonda-Fultonville turnovers and held the Lady Braves’ leading scorer Emily Parslow (20.5 ppg) to a single first-half field goal and two in the second for a total of 10 points.
“Emily was in a box and one most of the game and she needed to keep moving,” Coach Nethaway said. “I thought Cassie Egelston did a really good job and Julianna Taylor came through with some big shots for us. Those two at the guard positions. Cassie is not usually a big scorer for us but she scored a couple of big baskets and did a good job coming down, dribbling in and dishing the ball off. Julianna did the same thing.”
Egelston finished the night with 11 points, while Taylor added nine and Julianna Warner chipped in with six.
The Blue Hawks were paced by Mayhew’s 14-point effort, while Jepsen (12.3 ppg), the team’s leading scorer was held to nine points. Hudson finished its season with a 16-4 record.
“They played hard,” Coach Nethaway said. “The report said if you lay the ball up on a pass, they are going to come get it. And they did. They ran as well. It said most of their points were going to come off turnovers and tonight they did.”
Fonda-Fultonville 48, Hudson 39
Hudson6 11 15 7 – 39
Fonda-Fultonville13 15 7 13 – 48
Jepsen 2-5-9, Mayhew 6-2-14, Peck 2-0-4, Sheard 3-0-6, Walker 3-0-6. Totals: 16-7-39.
Auriemma 1-0-2, Beddig 1-0-2, Derby 1-2-4, Egelston 2-5-11, Nethaway 1-2-4, Parslow 3-4-10, Taylor 4-0-9, Warner 2-2-6. Totals: 15-15-48.
3-point goals: Hudson – none; Fonda-Fultonville 3 (Egelston 2, Taylor).