Photo by Adam Shinder
Amsterdam’s Giuliana Pritchard (23) and Broadalbin-Perth’s Ali Visco (20) box out for a rebound during Monday’s game at Amsterdam High School.
By ADAM SHINDER
For the Express
TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam High School girls basketball team’s senior play on the court was on full display Monday as the Lady Rams dished out 17 assists as opposed to just six turnovers in a 63-21 victory over Broadalbin-Perth.
It was a dominant defensive effort from the Lady Rams, holding B-P (2-15, 0-12) to just eight points over the first three quarters. Amsterdam held the Lady Patriots to a single Nyah Thompson 3-pointer in the first half and led 27-3 at halftime thanks to a 3-2 zone that forced a B-P team already looking to slow down the tempo into committing five shot clock violations.
Thompson scored eight points and Isabella Magliocca scored six to lead B-P.
“We were a little timid, and they’re a lot bigger than we are,” said B-P coach Mike Magliocca, whose team will be back in action Thursday at home against Johnstown. “They didn’t come out and get us, and we were trying to take the clock down with us, but when it’s 10 seconds (on the shot clock) you’ve got to go to the basket and someone’s got to cut from the opposite side.”
Nina Fedullo scored 16 points to surpass 1,400 for her career, grabbed seven rebounds and notched five steals for the Lady Rams (14-3, 11-1 Foothills Council). The Foothills South Division champion Lady Rams also got 11 points from Maria Lomanto, nine points and a career-high seven assists from Brady Santiago, nine points from Grace Catena and eight points from junior forward Giuliana Pritchard.
Amsterdam led 45-8 after three quarters, allowing the fourth quarter to turn into a series of curtain calls for the team’s five seniors, who exited the game one at a time, first embracing the player entering for them off the bench, then celebrating with the rest of their teammates.
It was a happy sendoff in the final regular-season home game for one of the most decorated senior classes in Amsterdam girls basketball history.
But, the Lady Rams hope their journey together is far from over. After wrapping up their regular-season Foothills slate Thursday at Schuylerville, Amsterdam will take on Glens Falls for the league title this coming Monday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, then learn their path for the Section II Class A tournament and look to exceed last season’s runner-up performance.