Girls Basketball: Niskayuna evens up record

By MICHAEL KELLY

Gazette Reporter

Members of the Niskayuna girls basketball team huddle around head coach Sarah Neely prior to Sunday's game against Bishop Maginn in Niskayuna. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

Members of the Niskayuna girls basketball team huddle around head coach Sarah Neely prior to Sunday’s game against Bishop Maginn in Niskayuna. (Photo by Michael Kelly)

NISKAYUNA — With a well-rounded effort, the Niskayuna High School girls basketball team was able Sunday to produce a winning result and even up its record.

The Silver Warriors blasted past Bishop Maginn, 57-22, as Niskayuna put together a 25-0 run that stretched from the end of the first quarter to the middle of the third in the non-league contest. With the victory, Niskayuna — which also topped Schenectady this weekend — moved its overall record to 4-4 after a 2-4 start in the Suburban Council.

Niskayuna helped to force Bishop Maginn into 23 turnovers, and the Silver Warriors were able to turn many of the visitors’ miscues into fast-break opportunities.

“The girls really stuck to our plan, defensively,” said Niskayuna head coach Sarah Neely. “I’m a firm believer in that defense turns into offense, and because we played such a good defensive game, it converted.”

Niskayuna led 13-4 after one quarter and outscored Bishop Maginn in the second quarter, 15-0. The Silver Warriors had scored the last four points of the first quarter and also scored the first six of the third quarter to put together their 25-0 run.

It was a balanced attack, too, for the Silver Warriors. All 11 players that suited up for the game scored, and nobody had more than guard Kayla O’Brien’s eight points. Three players — guards Madison Schmitt and Deirdre Schutzman, and forward Megan Black — each scored seven points for Niskayuna, which had all of its players score for the second game in a row.

“In both games (this weekend), everyone on varsity scored, which is really nice to see,” said Black, who scored all of her points in the second quarter.

Guard Courtney Lane scored a game-high 15 points for Bishop Maginn, with 13 of Lane’s points coming in the fourth quarter.

Also for Niskayuna, guard Taylor Green and forward Olivia Souky each had six points, while Schutzman had a team-highs in rebounds and assists with seven and four, respectively.

The Silver Warriors next play Jan. 6, at home, against Averill Park.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.