Section 2 Class B girls basketball playoffs: Fonda-Fultonville continues its run with victory over Schalmont

No. 13 Fonda-Fultonville’s playoff ride will carry into the Section 2 Class B girls basketball semifinals following a 55-39 quarterfinal victory over No. 5 Schalmont Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Tamarac High School.

After clinging to a two-point halftime lead, the Braves gradually pulled away from the Sabres to advance into Tuesday’s semifinal against top-seeded Tamarac, which fended off Hudson 52-47.

Abigail Lombardoni made four three-pointers and finished with 27 points for Fonda-Fultonville, while Lyndsay Lombardoni contributed 10 points. Payton Graber netted 26 points for Schalmont.

The Tamarac-Hudson quarterfinal game was billed as a battle between two of Class B’s top players – Tamarac’s Emily Erickson and Hudson’s Deja Beauford. However, it was Tamarac’s supporting cast that made the difference, as the Bengals had nine players enter the scoring column to Hudson’s seven players.

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Erickson led Tamarac with 13 points, though she was limited to three field goals by Hudson’s defense. Jordyn Sorel chipped in with 11 points, and Alexis D’Agostino added nine points for the Bengals.

Beauford netted 14 points, and Aaliyah Jones contributed eight points for Hudson, which made 14 shots from the field for the game – half of which came from Beauford.

The other Class B semifinal game pits No. 2 Mechanicville against No. 3 Mekeel Christian Academy after they won their quarterfinal contests Wednesday.

Mechanicville used a 27-2 run in the third quarter to surge past No, 7 Ichabod Crane 57-37. Amy DiSiena paced the Red Raiders with 14 points, while Charli Goverski netted 13 points. Jada Brown and AJ-Anaida Joseph each added 10 points. Riley Paul led Ichabod Crane with 14 points.

Mekeel Christian trailed No. 6 Johnstown 31-29 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lions roared back with a 19-3 run to defeat the Lady Bills 48-34. Jillian Ballard led the charge with 19 points, while Avery Mills chipped in with 14 points for Mekeel Christian. Jaden Wilson had 12 points for Johnstown.

The Class B semifinals take place Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Averill Park High School.

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