SCHUYLERVILLE — The gym inside Schuylerville High School was so packed Thursday night that some of the overflow crowd had to head to the auditorium to view a live stream of the on court action.
Joseph Girard III’s pursuit of the all-time Section II boys basketball scoring record caused the extra traffic. He was 41 points away from Argyle’s Kobe Lufkin’s total of 2,682 points prior to tipoff.
Girard did not disappoint the capacity crowd.
He netted 50 points for the third game in a row and hit a career-high 12 3-pointers to set the Section II scoring record.
Oh, and Glens Falls defeated the Black Horses 81-64 and improved to 8-1 in the Foothills Council.
“We came into this one knowing it was going to be a big game and anyone could see the tension these two teams have,” Girard said. “It carries over from football so coming into this we knew it was going to be a dog fight. “
Much of the game was chippy and the energy from both sides was a product from bad blood that stemmed from Glens Falls defeating Schuylerville in this year’s football sectional championship. Girard is also the Indians’ starting quarterback.
The Black Horses came out physical but came out on the wrong side of a Girard-led attack again.
From early on it looked like Schuylerville caught Girard on a hot shooting night. He started the game by hitting his first three 3-pointers and finished the opening quarter with 16 points.
At one point, Girard hit a fall away 3-pointer from the far right corner. He jogged passed the Black Horses bench and gave a slight shrug to the crowd.
Girard was in the middle of the hottest shooting night of his career, and it did not matter how many defenders were sent to stop him.
There was nothing Schuylerville could do about it.
“I came into the game very confident because my shot has been going the past few games,” Girard said. “Some of those threes were crazy but they went in.”
Leading 55-37 entering the fourth quarter, Girard had already scored 40 points when he was fouled and sent to the line to shoot two free throws. Shooting a perfect 6 for 6 from the line already, Girard stepped to the charity stripe and knocked down his record-breaking free throw.
After making the second freebie, the game was stopped and Schuylerville honored Girard with a game ball. Girard tossed the ball to his father, sitting in the top row of the bleachers.
“I am going to remember this win and I cannot thank my coaches and teammates enough,” Girard said. “They give me the ball when I need it. They set great screens and coach trusts so that is what I’m most thankful for. I could not do it without them.”
A late fourth-quarter rally from the Black Horses cut Glens Falls lead to 13, but a few full-court passes that resulted in layups from Girard to Trent Girard secured the Indians’ win.
Schuylerville was lead by 16 points from Nick Budesheim and Stratton Sherman chipped in with 12.
Throughout the game, the Black Horses tried to establish an inside presence with 6 foot 4 center Josh Mason, who is averaging 13.7 points per game, but stiff defense and double teams from Glens Falls limited Mason’s effectiveness.
Schuylerville’s drops to 7-2 overall and 7-2 in the Foothills Council.
Up next for Joseph Girard is the state scoring record, held by Lance Stephenson of Abraham Lincoln at 2,946.
Glens Falls 81, Schuylerville 64
Glens Falls (8-1, 10-1)
2P 3P FT TP
Justin Holness 0 1 0 3
Noah Balcom 1 0 0 2
David Barclay 5 0 3 13
Quinn Girard 1 0 0 2
Zach Bren 0 0 0 0
Joseph Girard III 3 12 8 50
Trent Girard 2 1 0 7
Connor Girard 0 0 0 0
Rece McClements 0 0 0 0
Nick Danahy 1 0 0 2
Brendan Quirk 1 0 0 2
Jaquob Bushey 0 0 0 0
Totals 14 14 11 81
Schuylerville (7-3, 7-3)
2P 3P FT TP
Carson Dunkel 0 0 0 0
Andrew Phillips 0 0 0 0
Derek Baldwin 0 0 0 0
Nick Budesheim 7 0 2 16
Stratton Sherman 2 1 5 12
Josh Mason 3 0 1 7
Peter Schwartz 0 0 0 0
Jack Bodnar 0 0 0 0
Paul Harshbarger 10 2 1 27
Johnny King 1 0 0 2
Totals 23 3 9 64
Glens Falls 21 16 18 26 — 81
Schuylerville 10 13 14 27 — 64
JV: Schuylerville, 93-39