The wait is finally over for coach Regan Burns and the Scotia-Glenville girls basketball team.
Valerie Bethka's putback of Katie DeVantier's missed jump shot with a minute left in the fourth quarter gave the Lady Tartans their first win of the season, a 40-38 Foothills Council victory over South Glens Falls Saturday.
It's a weight off the shoulders for us (the coaching staff) and the kids, said Burns, who earned her first win. "We've been in a lot of close games, but to win now means these kids believe they can win."
South High (4-4 league, 4-9 overall) tied the game at 38 on Lauren Carruthers' three-pointer with less than two minutes left. After missed opportunities at both ends, Scotia-Glenville (1-7, 1-13) got the ball into the hands of DeVantier, one of the team's leading scorers. DeVantier missed the shot, but Bethka was alone underneath the basket to collect the rebound and hit the game-winning shot.
"It's the little things " the boxing out, the rebounding " that makes the difference," said Burns.
The Lady Tartans had to dodge some bullets in the final 10 seconds to earn the win, though. South High had a shot to tie, but missed it. Scotia-Glenville collected the rebound and got the ball ahead to Laura Coderre, who was promptly fouled with 3.8 seconds left. Coderre missed the front end of two foul shots, but South High lost the rebound out of bounds with 1 second left to end its comeback hopes.
"South Glens Falls is a scrappy team. They're not going to give up," said Burns.
Scotia-Glenville needed a comeback of its own to have a chance of winning. The Lady Tartans trailed 22-15 at halftime before turning things around with their full-court press. They scored six points before South High crossed the midcourt line, thanks to two Bulldog turnovers. That sparked a 13-3 run that put Scotia-Glenville ahead 28-25.