ST. REGIS FALLS – The St. Regis Falls girls varsity basketball team gave the Madrid-Waddington Yellowjackets a run for their money – for about four minutes.
Madrid-Waddington scored the games first bucket, then got into a quick running game with the host Saints, with the two teams trading baskets during the first two minutes of the Northern Athletic Conference East Division contest on Thursday. St. Regis Falls took a 5-4 lead on a free throw by Brianah Work – then the Yellowjackets took over.
Madrid-Waddington closed out the first quarter against St. Regis Fall with a 10-0 run to move in front 14-5, then poured in 21 points before the halftime break to hold a 35-14 advantage. The Yellowjackets cruised the rest of the way to the 64-34 win to improve their East-leading mark to 9-0 (11-2 overall). The loss drops the Saints to 3-6 on the season.
M-W outscored SRF 14-11 in the third quarter, then capped the victory with a 15-9 run in the final stanza to give coach Gary Tischler his 472nd career win, which is in the top10 statewide among coaches.
Tischler was honored by St. Regis Falls coach Wilbur Bailey and the Saints before the start of the game with a plaque and flowers, honoring the long-time Section 10 coach upon his announced retirement at the end of the school year.
They had to send two buses for the game tonight, one for the team and the other for Tischlers ego, quipped the SRF mentor, who has battled against Tischler and his squads for the past 30 years.
Tischler was quick to reply that it was a very small bus.
The Madrid-Waddington club responded quite well for their coach after the brief ceremony, with three players reaching double figures in scoring.
Kennedy Murray and Hannah Marcellus led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Jenn King finished with 10 points as all nine Madrid-Waddington players found their way into the scoring column. Desiree Pryce and Olivia Parmeter added seven and six points, respectively, to the win.
Jenna Susice led the SRF girls with 16 points, knocked down two of the teams five 3-pointers, and had three assists. Madison Greenwood chipped in with nine points, all coming from beyond the arc, while Brianah Work contributed seven points and five rebounds to the Saints cause. Brooklyn Haverstock rounded out the SRF scoring with two points.
It was a 20-point improvement from the last time we played them, pointed out Bailey. Madrid(-Waddington) is a good shooting team. And when a team shoots that consistently from the field, you cant have 24 turnovers and expect to stay to stay in the game.
We ran with them early, but we threw the ball away way too much. I believe we had 16 bad passes alone, and thats just not going to get it done, continued the veteran SRF coach. We have been playing well in spurts, but we have to continue to cut down on the mental mistakes and work even harder, especially controlling the ball in the our own zone to be competitive on a regular basis in this league.
The SRF girls have time to work on their game and get ready for their next outing on Monday, but it doesnt get any easier for the lady Saints, who must travel to Chateaugay to battle the rival Bulldogs. Game time on Monday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
OTHER GIRLS GAMES
In other girls action from Thursday, Brushton-Moira moved to 6-3 in league play with a 46-23 win over visiting Tupper Lake. In West Division games, Hammond trounced Harrisville 66-25, Heuvelton bounced Morristown 64-30 and Hermon-Dekalb had little trouble beating Edwards-Knox 75-34.
B-M 46, Tupper Lake 23: Brushton-Moira jumped out fast for the second game in a row, scoring the first 10 points of the game against Tupper Lake. BMC held a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and were up by 10 points, 25-15, at the half.
Even though we got out to the quick lead, I felt we came out flat in the first half, said Brushton-Moira coach Amie Chase. We did a much better job of creating more scoring opportunities in the second half. Our defensive pressure picked up with our trap, which allowed us to get out and run the floor with our transition game.
We did a real good job of distributing the ball, added the BMC coach, as seven of the 10 players registered points.
Arielle Gary led the way with 13 points, connecting on the games lone 3-pointer, while Meagan Martin (4 steals, 3 assists) followed with eight points. Jenna Dufrane and Kirstin Barrett (5 steals, 5 rebounds) tossed in seven points each, as Micaela McCarthy (3 rebounds, 3 assists) and Kenzie Traynor chipped in with four points each. Madison Rowe rounded out the BMC scoring with two points.
Lindsey Maroun and Katie Zurek paced the Tupper Lake squad with eight and seven points, respectively, as Amy Luton, Sidney Kulzer, Mallorie McLear and Lizzie Zurek netted two points apiece.