Catholic Central girls advance to section tournament with win over Amsterdam, 37-28 – troyrecord

AVERILL PARK, NY – Catholic Central showed combat and depth when the starters ran into foul trouble early Thursday in their Division II, Class A tournament match against Amsterdam.

“To have foul trouble early and come out and fix it, I give our whole team a lot of credit,” Catholic Central head coach Audra DiBacco said. “We talked about it all year. I will take this team to war every day.

Catholic Central gutted the 37-28 win over Amsterdam on Thursday to advance to the Class A semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College next Wednesday.

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 win over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

  • Catholic Central fought their way to a 37-28 victory over Amsterdam on February 24 at Averill Park High School. (Photo by Joe Boyle).

“I’m going to take any win at this point in the season,” DiBacco said. “I think we made really good plays in the streak when we needed it. We didn’t shoot the ball very well today, but I think we made plays when we needed them late in the game.

A major factor in the makeup of Catholic Central’s roster is the absence of junior shooting guard Agelena Giuliano.

“We lost Agelena’s fifth game this year and that was huge for us,” DiBacco said. “Teams play zonal in our league and our guards are young. We have a seventh and eighth grader who plays a significant number of minutes.

The central Catholic offense was led by seventh-year point guard El’ Dior Dobere, who had six points and ninth-grader Tavia Turpin who scored 18 points to lead the way for the Crusaders.

“I think she’s a grinder. She works hard, she plays through the fouls, sometimes I have to tell her to calm down because she’s so aggressive,” DiBacco said. “I think it’s credit to ‘Navia, Delaney Pratt, Maddie Finn and Grenna Graber fighting every day. These kids fight every day.

Amsterdam’s attack was led by Sydney Hoefs, who scored 17 points.

Points were scarce in the first quarter of the game. Catholic Central took a 9-5 quarterback lead and it became abundantly clear that the winner of the game would simply be the best defense.

“Defensively, we were able to get saves when we needed them,” DiBacco said.

The two teams were tied in the second quarter, with each team scoring ten points apiece to take a 19-15 halftime lead. In the third quarter, despite leading by 12 points at one point, the buzzer sounded with Catholic Central leading by just six points.

Sam Drake, Ava Roney and Hope Wilk came in and gave serious minutes in the third quarter with starters at fault with a full half to go.

“We were down to 12 at one point and these girls are on the bench with three, four fouls and we’re able to hold and not give up a ton of points,” DiBacco said. “We gave up a bigger lead, but we didn’t go to the negative side of that, which I think we did a good job of.”

Turpin scored eight points in the fourth quarter after returning and Catholic Central killed plenty of time off the game clock to help lock in the victory.

“In this situation, I felt we could use the clock because we could defend on the other end,” DiBacco said when she felt confident to start draining time off the clock. and slow down the tempo. “If we could use our 30 seconds each time, we had a good chance of getting a rebound. I thought we might have a chance to use a minute, a minute and a half each possession.

A great task then stands in front of Catholic Central. Averill Park and Catholic Central will face off on Wednesday, March 2 in Hudson Valley, with the winner battling for a section title.

“Sit down and watch. We know Averill Park because we’ve played them in the past,” DiBacco said. “They are man to man, putting pressure everywhere. It’s a great team. »

CATHOLIC CENTRAL 37, AMSTERDAM 28

Averill Park High School

Averill Park, New York

CCHS 9-10-9-9 – 37

SAS 5-10-7-6 – 28

Catholic center

El’Dior Dobere 1-1-6; Ella DiBacco 1-1-5; Maddie Finn 1-0-2; Brenna Graber 2-0-6; Tanavia Turpin 7-0-18

amsterdam

Ashley DiCarlo 1-0-3; Sydney Hofs 5-0-17; Natalee Agresta 0-1-4; Sierra Goodson 1-0-2; Brianna Francisco 1-0-2

HIGH SCHOOL OVERVIEW FROM THURSDAY

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class AA

Shen 63 years old, Niskayuna 34 years old

Colony 59, Colombia 51

Shaker 62, Saratoga 39

Albany 46, Bethlehem 34

Class A

Averill Park 81, South Glens Falls 22

Burned Hills 52, Troy 32

Queensbury 63, Holy Names 47

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