SCOTIA: Sabres gain upper hand on Tartans

What the Schalmont girls basketball team lacked in experience, it made up for in hustle at last weekend's Tartan Tournament at Scotia-Glenville.

After falling to Hoosic Valley 40-17 in Friday's first round, the Sabres (1-1) bounced back with a 36-29 victory over Scotia-Glenville Saturday.

The Tartans (0-2) scored the first basket before the Sabres went on a 10-2 run the rest of the first quarter to establish a six-point lead. Scotia-Glenville came back to tie the game in the second quarter, but Schalmont outscored the Tartans 15-8 from the end of the second quarter through the third quarter to gain an advantage it wouldn't relinquish.

Kelly Piotrowski scored 12 points, and Cara Dellavilla added nine points for Schalmont, which is rebuilding after graduating four of its five starters from last year's team.

Gina Cappuccitti had 10 points for Scotia-Glenville, which is looking to build on a 2006-07 season that saw the Tartans win four of their last six Foothills Council games their first league wins in nearly two years.

Considering that we've got seven returning players and we've got a good core of players, we can start farther along than last year," said second-year Scotia-Glenville coach Regan Burns.

Niskayuna and Schenectady Christian have also started their seasons. Niskayuna reached the finals of the Oneonta Tournament last weekend before losing to the host school 56-37, while Schenec-tady Christian downed St. Johnsville 64-17 in its Western Athletic Conference opener Tuesday.

Madie Harlem scored 16 points to lead Oneonta (2-0) past Niska-yuna (1-1) in Saturday's finals. Emily Bayly netted 12 points for the Silver Warriors.

Four Schenectady Christian players reached double figures against St. Johnsville. Sarah Child led the way with 17 points, while Ashlyn Slater contributed 15 points. Heidi Frazer and Bethany Goodrich each added 11 points.

The Mohonasen girls basket-ball team begins its season this weekend at the Shaker Tournament. The Mighty Warriors play Ichabod Crane Friday at 6 p.m. and then face either Shaker or Bishop Maginn Saturday.

In boys basketball, Scotia-Glenville began its season with a 47-39 victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Tuesday. Joseph Ferrari led a balanced Tartan attack with 11 points.

Scotia-Glenville, Mohonasen and Niskayuna are all hosting boys basketball tournaments this weekend.""

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