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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 26, 2006


BKW girls' basketball vs. Schenectady Christian

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — Heart, hustle, and desire.

Those are the three words that each member of the girls’ basketball team at Berne-Knox-Westerlo write on their hands before each game. It is a reminder of how they want to play every game.

And it was definitely the way they played in Friday’s 48-47 loss to Schenectady Christian.

"I can’t ask for more from my kids," said BKW Coach Tom Galvin after the game. "At 4-10 or whatever we are, we could’ve gotten kicked in the teeth by an unbeaten team tonight. I’m so proud of the girls. We could’ve tanked so many times."

The Lady Bulldogs appeared to have the game won. But they could not convert on free throws in the final minute and fell victim to a last-gasp desperation shot.

After BKW missed a free throw, Schenectady Christian got to the loose ball and pushed it up the court.

Rosa Pardee got the ball in the right corner and shot a high-arcing three-pointer over the BKW defense, which dropped in with eight seconds left.

BKW had one more shot as C.J. Vincent pushed the ball up the court but her lay-up fell short and Schenectady Christian kept its unbeaten record intact.

"They keep coming back," Galvin said of his team. "They just want to know who we are playing next. They do all I ask of them. I told them I was so proud of them. They could go south and I could have parents calling the school, but they don’t do any of that. I’m proud of all of them. We were in a position to win. It shows how good we can be."

Battling back

Schenectady Christian led, 36-33, at the end of the third quarter and scored the first basket of the final frame.

But BKW battled back.

Vincent nailed a three-point shot with 6:28 left in the game to pull her team within two points, 38-36.

Pardee answered with a three-pointer for the Falcons to make it 41-36 with 5:44 left in the contest.

BKW’s Brittany Krimsky scored 10 seconds later on a jump shot to make it a three-point game.

Then Andrea VanDyke made it a two-point contest with a foul shot. Then, again, Christian added to the lead when Katie Kaidas made a three-pointer.

But the Lady Bulldogs would not quit.

Vincent made a jump shot, bringing the score to 44-41 with 4:28 left in the contest.

The Bulldogs then took advantage of a Falcons’ turnover to cut the lead to one. VanDyke made a lay-up after the miscue.

BKW took the lead with 3:04 left in the game on a jump shot by Vincent.

Van Dyke made it a two-point game with a free throw with 2:10 left.

Schenectady Christian got a foul shot of its own to cut the lead to one with 1:50 left in the contest.

Vincent made another foul shot for BKW to build the lead back to two points with just over a minute left in the game.

Missed shots

Then neither team could make a foul shot.

Schenectady Christian missed three consecutive free throws and BKW missed two.

Two of Christian’s foul shots were soaked with controversy.

After Ashlyn Slater missed her first of the two attempts she was awarded, she was ready to shoot the second when the referee’s whistle blew.

One ref called a violation on the Falcons for having too many players on the rebounding lines. But the other referee said that he had told the Schenectady Christian players they could have that many players and, after a delay, Slater was awarded her second shot.

Slater missed the shot and the ball was rebounded by BKW’s Alysha VanDyke.

VanDyke, who hadn’t seen much time and was a replacement for Andrea VanDyke, was fouled and went to the free-thow line to shoot a one-and-one. Alysha VanDyke missed the first attempt and Schenectady Christian got to the ball and passed it to Pardee for her heroics.

"We shot six of 13 from the free-throw line," Galvin said. "If we hit those big shots toward the end, but it’s not just one person. We had a lot of missed shots and that hurts when you play against a good team. And the ones you miss at the end get magnified."

Dogged defense

The Bulldogs were victimized by Sarah Child in the first half. Child scored 19 points in the contest, with 13 coming in the first two stanzas.

But they made adjustments in the second half to hold her to just six points.

BKW — in particular Cara Swain — did an excellent job on Kaidas, one of the top players in the Southern Division of the Western Athletic Conference. They held her to just six points in the game.

"Cara Swain scored just two points but she had the biggest impact on the game," Galvin said. "Defense wins big games and her defense on Kaidas put us in a position to win this game."

Slater added 12 points for Schenectady Christian.

Vincent led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Andrea VanDyke scored 13 points and Christine Sikule chipped in 11 points.

"It was the C.J. Vincent that I know and love," Galvin said. "She is the headiest and the gutsiest kid I know. She was cool under fire. She is just a great leader and she showed that tonight," he said after the game.

"Christine also had a good game," Galvin added of Sikule. "She made the big shots when she had to. She played great with rebounding and defense."

Sikule and Vincent went to a leadership conference with Galvin and got the idea of writing heart, hustle, and desire on their hands and shared it with their teammates.

The Lady Bulldogs are now 4-10 as they head into the final stretch of the season. BKW will play at Fonda-Fultonville on Friday and then at Schoharie on the following Tuesday. BKW wraps up its regular season at Sharon Springs on Feb. 3 then plays at home against Middleburgh on Feb. 7.


BKW boys' basketball vs. Schoharie

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — Berne-Knox-Westerlo basketball player Rick Ragone stepped to the free-throw line.

In order to give his team a chance for a win, he had to make the first of his one-and-one attempts.

After whispering a few words to himself, Ragone sanked the first shot and even more calmly made the second free throw to give the Bulldogs a 56-52 lead with only 47 seconds left in the game en route to a 59-54 win over Schoharie on Friday night.

Schoharie got a basket by Wade Schaffer to cut the lead back to two points but could not score in the final 30 seconds.

A foul shot by sophomore Josh Skinner and a basket off a rebound of Skinner’s missed second shot by Ragone put the game away for good and made up the final difference.

The win was big for the Bulldogs as they were playing without their coach, Andy Wright, who missed the game because he was ejected from the game against Canajoharie for receiving two technical fouls. Section II rules state that any coach or player ejected from a game has to miss the next game.

Wright made an appeal to the Section II committee but said the appeal was not upheld. Wright also said that the superintendent of Canajoharie wrote a letter on Wright’s behalf.

Junior-varsity coach Brian McCoy and girls varsity coach Tom Galvin ran the team in Wright’s absence.

"If anything in a new situation," McCoy said, "there are a couple things that can happen. A team can fall apart or rise to the occasion. They wanted to win for Coach and after the beating down I took in the junior-varsity game, they wanted to win for me."

McCoy had a junior-varsity game prior to the varsity contest on Friday.

Early lead

In the varsity game, Schoharie led, 13-12, at the end of the first quarter. BKW had taken the lead on an inside basket by Skinner and added six more points on a Skinner jump shot and two inside buckets by Ragone.

But Ragone and BKW’s other big post player, Andrew Elderd, had to sit on the bench because of fouls and the Bulldogs looked to be in trouble.

Schoharie fought back from a seven-point deficit to cut the lead to one, 21-20, with 2:30 left until halftime.

But BKW, using a line-up of smaller players, pushed the tempo and went on a 11-3 run in the last two minutes of the second quarter to take a 31-23 halftime lead.

Tom Houck scored on a drive to the basket and then on an inside basket after receiving a great pass from Skinner. Houck added a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 27-20.

Schoharie got a foul shot from Robert Foland with 53 seconds left to end the run.

Matt Lounsbury scored on a drive to the basket for BKW and was fouled. He converted the free throw.

Two more free throws by Foland cut the margin to eight at the intermission.

"When both guys came out," McCoy said of Ragone and Elderd, "we went to a man-to-man defense. We usually don’t have early foul trouble. I made a mistake of leaving the two big guys in. We went with a smaller line-up and we were able to build an eight-point lead at halftime."

Hanging on

Schoharie chipped away in the third quarter outscoring the Bulldogs, 16-10, in the stanza, leaving BKW with just a two-point lead.

"I gave Brian the game plan and he followed it to a tee," Wright said on Wednesday after he reviewed the game film.

BKW was led by Skinner’s 17 points. Lounsbury scored 12 points and Ragone added nine. Houck scored nine points and Elderd chipped in with seven points.

Schaffer led Schoharie with 17 points. Sean Hazzard scored 14 points and Alex Cumming added seven.

The Bulldogs now have a 4-10 record, but they have won three out of their last five games.

"It’s a big win for our program," Wright said. "We’ve set our mark for six wins. We went 5-15 my first year and we went to the sectionals. I told the guys that if we win six games that I would do it for the seniors. Not to mention the great experience it would be for the sophomores. We start two sophomores and they showed up big."

Next up for BKW is a contest Wednesday against Schenectady Christian. The Bulldogs then host Sharon Springs on Feb. 3 and wrap up the regular season at Middleburgh. The Bulldogs beat Middleburgh and Sharon Springs earlier this season.

"I’m seeing some good things from this group," Wright said. "If we start playing our game, we can upset anybody. The sectionals are like the NCAA basketball tournament; It’s anybody’s ball game."


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