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Niskayuna girls basketball digs a hole too deep to climb out

The Niskayuna girls basketball team had one of those nights where nothing went right.

The Silver Warriors' first four possessions ended in turnovers, and it didn't get any better for them as Columbia pulled away for a 47-31 victory in Saturday's Division I consolation game at the Suburban Council Tournament at Albany's Washington Avenue Armory.

It seemed like every time we got something going, there would be something a foul or a turnover " that kept us out of a rhythm," said Niskayuna coach Sarah Neely.

Even when Niskayuna (12-2 league, 14-6 overall) successfully got a shot off, it wouldn't fall. The Silver Warriors made only 11 shots from the field, none of which came in the first quarter when they were outscored 12-3.

"My scorers were shooting, but nothing was falling. They couldn't even hit layups," said Neely.

Columbia (8-5, 10-9) was hitting from the field in the first half, as it jumped out to a 22-13 halftime lead. The lead would have been larger, though, if the Blue Devils had made their free throws. They made only three of their nine shots from the foul line.

"We definitely dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter by only scoring three points," said Neely. "Columbia played tough defensively and played a great game. We never got into an offensive rhythm."

Niskayuna had one shining moment early in the third quarter. Lindsay Mayo scored off an offensive rebound, and Emily Bayly drained a long three-pointer and added a foul shot on the next Niskayuna possession to pull the Silver Warriors within three points of Columbia.

That was as close as Niskayuna got. Columbia closed the third quarter with a 9-2 run to build a 31-23 lead, and the Blue Devils never looked back.

Gabi Regan scored 13 points, and Lucy Tremblay added a pair of three-pointers as part of an eight-point night for Columbia, which finished second to Bethlehem in the Suburban Council Gold Division standings. Beth Halayko had 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out for Niskayuna, the White Division champions.

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