In Friday night’s foul-plagued Class B quarterfinal at Shenendehowa, both Glens Falls and Stillwater struggled to find rhythm offensively. Constant whistled interrupted the game’s flow, but those whistles also meant free throws, and the Indians took advantage knocking down 24 of 36 from the line, fueling Glens Falls’ 73 -59 victory over the Warriors in the Section II Basketball Tournament.
With Stillwater’s focus on freshman standout Joe Girard, the Indians Tony Green had eight big first quarter points and got things started with a triple from the wing .
After the Warriors Mitchel Wayand scored on a nice drive to the rim, Girard drilled a three, and was fouled sending the freshman guard to the line for the first of his 19 free throw attempts on the evening. Incredibly Girard converted on all 19.
Back to back three-pointers by Wayand and junior Nate Thrane trimmed the Glens Falls lead to 9-8 midway through the first period before the packed house at Shen.
At the 2:10 mark a Girard bucket gave the Falls an 18-13 cushion, but the Warriors scored the final five points of the quarter, four coming from Wayand, and the teams ended the first eight minutes tied at 18.
In the second frame the Indians defense shut down the Stillwater attack, not allowing a point until a Wayand deuce with 1:32 remaining.
Meanwhile Girard tallied 10 points in the period, the last three coming on jumper from distance as time expired giving Glens Falls a 32-21 lead at the half.
Ninety seconds into the third, a pair of Girard free throws ballooned the lead to 36-23, but Stillwater went on a 12-4 run led by Wayand’s seven points, cutting the lead to 40-35 with just over 2:00 left in the quarter.
Glens Falls closed the period on a 9-3 spurt of their own all coming by way of the three point play with long balls from Aaron Sampson and Girard, and Girard finishing the run with a bucket and one as the Indians took a 49-38 advantage to the final stanza.
At the 5:00 mark of the fourth, Glens Falls extended their lead to 57-42 on a transition finish by Green, and despite Wayand’s 10 points in the frame, the Indians held a double digit spread the rest of the way, on their way to a semifinal date with Schalmont at 6:30 Monday, at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Stillwater’s Wayand finished with 35 points to lead the Warriors who end their fine season with a 17-5 mark.
Girard, the exceptionally skilled freshman led all scorers with 39 points, and Green added 10 for Glens Falls who return, for the fourth time, to the friendly confines of the Civic Center for their semifinal run.