The press Scotia-Glenville used harkened back to Burns' playing days at Voorheesville High School, where she and her Blackbird teammates won a state class C title and reached the state semifinals twice in a three-year span.
"We try to create turnovers, and we forced a lot of turnovers," said Burns. "We still didn't convert as much as we'd have liked to, but we took them out of their offense."
The first true sign that Scotia-Glenville had that it might win the game came at the end of the third quarter. After South High made some free throws to tie the score at 28, DeVantier launched a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer that hit nothing but net to put the Lady Tartans ahead 31-28.
Scotia-Glenville extended its lead to five points early in the fourth quarter, but South High battled back with six straight points to go ahead 34-33. Rather than fold, the Lady Tartans regained the lead midway through the period and limited the Bulldogs to four points the rest of the way.
"The second half just came down to their effort," said Burns. "They took the time (at halftime) to talk to each other, and they came out and played hard."
Gina Cappuccitti led Scotia-Glenville with 15 points, while Alisha Zink contributed eight points and DeVantier added seven points. Chelsea Carruthers had 14 points for South High.
Scotia-Glenville will try to keep the momentum going Saturday when it travels to Queensbury.
"In our conference, on any given night, any team can win," said Burns. "We just needed that win to get them to believe. I think they believe now.""