GREENVILLE — The shortened girls basketball season tipped off Tuesday night in Greenville, where the Spartans defended home court and defeated the Hudson Bluehawks 50-36.
Bella Trostle and Aislinn O’Hare combined for 35 points, nearly matching Hudson’s total points on the night.
The game started off slow, the players adjusting to playing with facemasks on during the game, and working off the rust of not playing a full basketball season. Though there was trouble finding a rhythm for both sides early on, neither team settled for low percentage shots and were conservative with their ball movement in the beginning. Bella Trostle hit a three-pointer for the Spartans at the buzzer in the first period to give Greenville a 13-12 lead.
With the second quarter underway, both Hudson and Greenville adjusted well and their intensity grew. The Spartans struggled at the free throw line as the game neared halftime, but the Bluehawks did not take advantage on offense and the score was tied at 16 with 4:00 left in the half.
Minutes later, the Bluehawks’ Jada Alert was fouled and incidental contact with her face knocked out a contact lens from her eye and she was forced to the bench. Hudson committed their first of a handful of five second violations in the game, giving Greenville the final possession of the first half.
Fortunately for the Bluehawks, the Spartans could not attempt a field goal before the buzzer sounded to indicate halftime and Hudson led 25-20 at the break.
The Bluehawks came out in the third period with confidence, getting more aggressive on the court which afforded them more opportunities for points. The Spartans were quickly down by ten points with 3:30 to go in the quarter, and needed to put some offense together before the game out of hand.
Greenville found just the spark they needed to ignite the offense, as Trostle hit a three pointer to start a 10-0 run for the Spartans, tying the Bluehawks at 34 to end the third.
With all of the momentum on the Spartans’ side at the start of the fourth, they jumped on the Bluehawks again and had a six point lead before Hudson could blink. Greenville scored yet another two baskets coming out of a timeout, and now they led Hudson by ten points after overcoming that deficit the prior quarter.
The Spartans’ defense took over the game from this point forward, and stifled any movement for the Bluehawks the rest of the way with the full court press they executed with confidence. Greenville outscored Hudson 10-2 in the final few minutes and iced the game to win their 2021 home opener.
Chatham 52, Taconic Hills 18
CHATHAM — Three players reached doubles figures in scoring as Chatham opened its season with a 52-18 triumph over Taconic Hills on Tuesday.
Hannah Taylor led Chatham with 18 points. Hailey Cascioli added 13 and Abby Taylor had 10.
Emily Mottoshisky had seven points for Taconic Hills.
Chatham built quarterly leads of 14-2, 33-6 and 44-13.
Chatham travels to Taconic Hills on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
TACONIC HILLS (18): Sparacino 2-1-5, Proper 1-0-2, Alvarez 1-0-2, Mottoshiski 3-1-7, Cooper 1-0-2. Totals 8-2-18.
CHATHAM (52): H. Taylor 6-3-18, Madsen 2-0-5, Cascioli 6-0-13, Engel 2-2-6, A. Taylor 4-2-10. Totals 20-7-52.
3-pointers: H. Taylor 3, Madsen, Cascioli.
Ichabod Crane 42, Holy Names 21
VALATIE — Ichabod Crane defeated The Academy of the Holy Names, 42-21, in Tuesday’s girls basketball game.
ICC got off to a fast start by scoring 20 points in the first quarter and took a 28-8 lead into the half.
“I was very pleased with the way we came to play tonight,” Riders coach Adam Vooris said. “Offensively we had a balanced attack and defensively we played great team basketball.”
The Riders were led by sophomore Malati Culver who scored all 8 of her points in the first half, including a stretch where she netted six in a row.
“Malati also played phenomenally on the defensive end, Vooris said. “She makes it very difficult for other teams to score in the post.”
Eighth-grader Carolina Williams and freshman Ava Heffner chipped in with seven apiece and sophomore Ashley Ames added 6. Junior Abigail Dolge paced the offense with six assists and sophomore Delaney More grabbed seven rebounds.
The Riders take the court again on Saturday when they travel to Schalmont for an early morning game. The game is scheduled to tip off at 11 a.m. The live feed will be provided by the host school Schalmont.
HOLY NAMES (21): Donlon 2-0-5, Farley 0-1-1, Good 1-0-2, Ladopoulos 0-2-2, SEymour 1-2-4, Taylor 3-1-7. Totals 7-6-21.
ICHABOD CRANE (42): A. Ames 2-0-6, H. Ames 2-0-5, Barkley 1-0-3, Culver 3-2-8, Dolge 1-0-2, Haffner 3-1-7, More 2-0-4, Williams 3-0-7. Totals 17-3-42.
3-pointers: A. Ames 2, H. Ames, Barkley, Williams.