Girls Basketball

GLENS FALLS — With as much scoring as Glens Falls lost from last season, the Indians girls basketball team could ill afford starting off in a hole Wednesday evening.

But they did, and Saratoga Springs took full advantage, using an 11-0 run to start the second quarter to take control and pull away to a 71-38 victory over Glens Falls in the first round of the Grandstanders Christmas Festival.

Dolly Cairns scored 20 points and Kerry Flaherty added 14 to power the Blue Streaks (4-3), who play Lake George on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the second round.

Senior Taylor Scarincio, the lone returning starter for the Indians this season, netted 11 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. She didn’t get much help as Glens Falls struggled with its shooting and ballhandling. Glens Falls faces Ogdensburg Free Academy at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“We just have too many mental lapses that become physical lapses — we’re not at that level where we can do that,” said Indians coach Mark Girard, whose team fell to 4-4 with its fourth straight loss. “We have to play 32 minutes of mentally tough (basketball) and be in the right spot. They’re a good basketball team — they’re flat-out better than us, but we didn’t compete tonight, so that was kind of a downer.”

This is a new era for the Indians, who lost Lucy Tougas and several other seniors to graduation, and lost leading scorer Sophie Tougas, who transferred to Brewster Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire. Sophie Tougas was at the game Wednesday while on break from school.

The Tougas sisters combined to average about 30 points per game last season, so Glens Falls has been looking for scoring this season.

“Nobody started on varsity last year besides me, so it’s kind of a transition,” Scarincio said. “Everybody has to make shots — we don’t really rely on two people like we did last year, and if we don’t make shots, we can’t win.”

“We can’t go out and say, ‘OK, we’re going to get 10 from here and 15 from her.’” Girard said. “We don’t have that constant 30 points, let’s say, and then we made up the other 20 with the other girls. So now we have to make up 50 points by seven, eight girls, and that’s where we’re struggling right now.”

Scarincio said the team has a much different feel this season. She and Cambrie Schliff are the Indians’ only seniors, and Schliff had not played basketball since eighth grade. The rest are juniors and sophomores, including point guard Sovereign Strickland.

“It’s just different, the whole vibe, the basketball IQ and stuff,” Scarincio said. “They all haven’t played — me, Lucy, Sophie, Cait (Hogan) and Emilie (Moses) had played together since sixth grade, we knew each other, and it’s just a different vibe. It’s hard to get the flow.”

“We lost a lot of points — I’m not here making excuses, but when you lose 40 points a game, it’s tough to recover from that,” Girard said. “We’ll get better. ... When they want to play defense, they made it tough on them to score — (Saratoga) had a couple of shot-clock violations.”

Saratoga 71, Glens Falls 38

Saratoga Springs (4-3)

2P 3P FT TP

Dolly Cairns 5 2 4 20

Kara Vamvalis 1 0 1 3

Kerry Flaherty 3 2 2 14

E. Crossett 0 1 0 3

Madison Gennoy 2 0 0 4

Amanda McGinn 1 0 1 3

Caroline Lafountain 4 0 2 10

Aleida Woldring 0 0 0 0

Briann Barringer 3 0 2 8

A. Ray 2 0 0 4

Kayla Lahart 1 0 0 2

Totals 22 5 12 71

Glens Falls (4-4)

2P 3P FT TP

Anna Bayle 2 0 0 4

Lexi Cutter 0 1 1 4

Felicity Williams 1 1 1 6

Mattie Benway 0 0 0 0

Makayla Bennett 0 1 0 3

Sovereign Strickland 2 0 1 5

Cambrie Schliff 1 0 0 2

Callie Woodell 1 0 1 3

Abby Marshall 0 0 0 0

Maddie Moore 0 0 0 0

Kasi Johnson 0 0 0 0

Taylor Scarincio 3 0 5 11

Totals 10 3 9 38

Saratoga 16 16 22 17 — 71

Glens Falls 8 10 8 12 — 38

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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