Whitehall girls basketball defeats Saratoga Central Catholic in defensive battle

Defense was the name of the game Friday, Dec. 21, as Whitehall defeated Saratoga Central Catholic 34-24 in a non-league girls basketball contest.

After a sluggish first quarter, Whitehall outscored Saratoga Catholic 13-7 in the second quarter to grab the lead. Both teams continued to struggle getting shots to fall in the second half, but the Railroaders pulled away at the end for the 10-point victory.

Kyrie Smith led Whitehall (3-4) with a season-high nine points, while Jessica Moore contributed eight points. Lauren Mahar netted eight points for Saratoga Catholic (2-7).

In other non-league girls basketball games, Saratoga Springs traveled to Poughkeepsie and defeated Our Lady of Lourdes 62-52. Dolly Cairns and Kerry Flaherty each scored 16 points for the Blue Streaks (7-1), who were coming off their first loss of the season 24 hours earlier at the hands of Suburban Council rival Albany.

Cobleskill-Richmondville defeated Duanesburg 62-52. The Eagles scored 20 points in the third quarter to take a 45-43 lead, only to see the Bulldogs close the game on a 19-7 run to earn the victory.

Jess Meade had 13 points, and Emma Osterhoudt contributed 12 points for Cobleskill-Richmondville. Madison Meyer poured in 23 points for Duanesburg, and Allison O’Hanlon added 19 points.

Logan Thayne outscored Ichabod Crane single-handed to lead Hoosick Falls to a 48-34 victory. Thayne poured in 39 points for the Panthers, who built a 29-17 halftime lead. Madison Graham netted 16 points for Ichabod Crane, and Riley Paul contributed 13 points.

Greenwich opened the game on a 20-4 run and cruised to a 71-35 victory over Canajoharie. Molly Brophy paced the Witches with 20 points, and Emma Brophy chipped in with 14 points. Mackenzie Bowerman’s 11 points led the Cougars.

Avery Mills drained three shots from beyond the three-point arc on her way to a 14-point night in Mekeel Christian Academy’s 44-37 victory at Schalmont. Haley Burchhardt scored 14 points for Schalmont.

Mechanicville built an 11-point halftime lead and pulled away for a 65-40 victory over Watervliet. Charli Goverski had 16 points to lead four Mechanicville players in double digits. Makayla Milligan paced Watervliet with 13 points.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk jumped out to a 22-7 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 71-28 victory against Schuylerville. Grace Engel recorded 23 points, and Laura Sanderson added 17 points for the Lady Indians. Maggie McShane scored 12 points for the Black Horses.

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