The Scotia-Glenville girls basketball team used to pursue the Foothills Council leaders. Now, the Lady Tartans are the ones being pursued.
Scotia-Glenville (6-0 league, 8-2 overall) stands alone in first place following Tuesday's 57-22 victory over Broadalbin-Perth. Queensbury and Glens Falls are tied for second place with 4-2 records, two games behind the Lady Tartans.
The girls deserve to be where they are. They've worked very hard to get here, said Scotia-Glenville coach Regan Burns.
Burns has molded the Lady Tartans into a defensive juggernaut, at least within the Foothills Council. Scotia-Glenville has allowed an average of 31.8 points per game to its league foes, and only Glens Falls has reached the 40-point plateau against the Lady Tartans.
"It's not anything new. Defense wins games," said Burns. "We play at our best when our defense creates our offense."
Scotia-Glenville's defense shined Tuesday against Broadalbin-Perth, even if its shooters were off target at times. The Lady Tartans stole the ball 25 times and forced the Lady Patriots (1-5, 3-6) into many more turnovers.
A prime example of Scotia-Glenville's defensive prowess came early in the third quarter. The Lady Tartans' full-court press bothered Broadalbin-Perth so much that it took the Lady Patriots 22 seconds and two inbounds passes to get the ball from under their own basket to midcourt. Broadalbin-Perth's possession ended with a turnover underneath Scotia-Glenville's basket as the 30-second shot clock expired.
The offense was a little slower to come around, though. Scotia-Glenville went through several cold snaps in the first half before picking up the pace in the second half to put Broadalbin-Perth away.
"One of the things I did at halftime was challenge the girls to play better because we were flat in the first half," said Burns. "The girls picked up the intensity in the second half."