CHATHAM — The Catskill Lady Cats visited the Lady Panthers of Chatham on Friday night and escaped with a 52-49 Patroon Conference victory.
Janay Brantley led both teams in scoring with 29 points in this nail-biter.
Much of the first period was full of great defense, and each team forcing the other to settle for low percentage shots. With only a few seconds remaining in the first, Catskill hit a three pointer and converted one of two free throws to end the quarter with a 13-10 lead.
The Cats worked their way to better looks in the second, and took advantage of extra chances when they could. But the Panthers stayed with the Cats for the duration of the period, and scored a few buckets themselves before halftime to cut Catskill’s lead to 25-19 going into the locker room.
The third quarter began with the Cats failing to box out the Panthers for rebounds on multiple occasions, giving Chatham an advantage over them in the painted area.
With the Panthers down 12 points with under 3:00 to play in the quarter, they fought their way back held the Cats to 4 points for the rest of the period. Chatham made two important free throws to end the third, and were down just five points, 42-37, going into the final eight minutes.
The Cats maintained a seven point cushion for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter but they were lackadaisical on defense, failing to pick up Chatham’s open shooters until it was too late.
After a Catskill timeout, the Panthers stole two consecutive inbound passes from the Cats, scoring four straight points to tie the game at 47. Chatham continued their intense defense and stole yet a third inbound pass and converted the open layup in the face of their opponent, to take a 49-47 lead in only 25 seconds of game time.
After trading two pairs of missed free throws, Janay Brantley knocked down a three point shot, the eventual game-winner, with 17.4 seconds left on the clock.
After Brantley made two crucial free throws, Chatham had a last chance to throw up a long shot to try and tie it but it fell short, and the Cats won by a hair.
Chatham will be on the road in Hudson for their next game, and Catskill will be back on their homecourt to host Maple Hill on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
CATSKILL (52): Brantley 9-9-29, Konsul 3-0-6, O’Connell 1-0-2, Salierno 1-1-3, Shook 4-0-12. Totals 18-10-52.
3-pointers: Shook 4, Brantley 2.
CHATHAM (49): Cascioli 5-0-12, Daigle 2-7-11, Eaton 1-0-2, Madsen 1-0-2, H. Taylor 7-6-22. Totals 16-13-49.
3-pointers: H. Taylor 2, Cacioli 2.
Hudson 50, Cairo-Durham 34
EAST DURHAM — Hudson overcame an early deficit to defeat Cairo-Durham, 50-34, in Friday’s Patroon Confernce girls basketball game.
The Bluehawks trailed 9-4 after one quarter of play, but went ahead 20-19 at halftime and extended the margin to 34-29 through three quarters. They iced the victory with a 16-5 scoring edge over the final eight minutes of play.
Shayna Coppersmith led Hudson with 13 points. Katie Jepsen had 12.
Cairo-Durham’s top scorer was Arianna Myers, who had 14 points.
HUDSON (50): Coppersmith 5-3-13, K. Jepsen 3-6-12, A. Jepsen 2-0-6, Johnson 4-0-8, McDonald 3-0-8, Oliver-Ragland 1-0-3. Totals 18-9-50.
3-pointers: A. Jepsen 2, McDonald 2, Oliver-Ragland.
CAIRO-DURHAM (34): Bruck 3-0-6, James 2-1-5, Mudge 1-0-2, Myers 4-3-14, Wolcott 3-1-7. Totals 13-5-34.
3-pointers: Myers 3.
Taconic Hills 39, Albany Leadership 31
ALBANY — Marleah Perry scored 15 points on five three-pointers to power Taconic Hills to a 39-31 victory over Albany Leadership in Friday’s Patroon Conference girls basketball action.
Kirsten Shumsky had nine points for the Titans, who held quarterly leads of 16-10, 21-17 and 33-21.
Kamira Galloway paced Albany Leadership with 16 points.
TACONIC HILLS (39): Beck 2-0-4, Cooper 1-0-2, Kernan 0-2-2, Mottoshsiki 1-2-4, Perry 5-0-15, Shumsky 3-1-9, Sparacino 1-1-3. Totals 13-6-39.
3-pointers: Perry 5, Shumsky 2.
ALBANY LEADERSHIP (31): Galloway 8-0-16, Jacobs 1-0-2, Jones 2-3-7, Mabry 1-0-2, Langston 1-2-4. Totals 13-5-31.
Maple Hill 64, Rensselaer 41
CASTLETON — Maple Hill had three players reach double figures in scoring during Saturday’s 64-41 Patroon Conference girls basketball victory over Rensselaer.
Sophia Chevrier led the Wildcats with 12 points. Callie Haller added 11 and Natasha Strock had 10.
Mechelle Cancer had a game-high 17 for Rensselaer. Mackenzie Brown chipped in with 15.
Ichabod Crane 68, Voorheesville 35
VOORHEESVILLE — Madie Graham knocked down seven three-pointers and finished with 27 points to spark Ichabod Crane to a 68-35 victory over Voorheesville in Friday’s Colonial Council girls basketball game.
Abigail Dolge had 14 points and Ashley Ames 11 for the Riders, who connected on 12 three-pointers.
The Riders built quarterly leads of 21-5, 36-18 ad 57-24.
ICHABOD CRANE (68): A. Ames 4-0-11, H. Ames 2-0-4, Culver 1-0-2, Dolge 5-2-14, Graham 10-0-27, Knapp 2-0-4, More 2-2-6. Totals 26-4-68.
3-pointers: Graham 7, A. Ames 3, Dolge 2.
VOORHEESVILLE (35): Bogart 2-2-6, Bogdany 0-1-1, Gifford 2-1-5, Hunt 1-0-2, Morris 3-0-6, Rowland 0-1-1, Thayer 1-1-3, Whalen 2-2-6, Zanello 2-1-5. Totals 13-9-35.
Germantown 36, Hawthorne Valley 29
HUDSON — Nine players reached the scoring column for Germantown in a 36-29 Central Hudson Valley League girls basketball win over Hawthorne Valley on Friday.
Kierland Denninger and Jen Ljutich each had six points to top the Clippers.
Merril Lewis hit a game-high 16 points for the Wildcats.
Germantown trailed 11-7 after one quarter, but battled back to take a 17-16 edge at halftime and widened the gap to 31-21 after three quarters.
GERMANTOWN (36): Anderson 1-0-2, Decker 0-2-2, Denninger 3-0-6, Dunn 2-0-5, Gibbons 2-1-5, Hayes 1-0-3, Ljutich 1-4-6, Mergenthaler 1-0-2, Wyant 2-0-5. Totals 13-7-36.
3-pointers: Dunn, Hayes, Wyant.
HAWTHORNE VALLEY (29): Lewis 7-2-16, Suesada 2-0-6, Udjate 2-2-7, Mentzer 0-0-0, Jansen 0-0-0. Totals 11-4-29.
3-pointers: Suesada 2, Udjate.