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Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017: Girard scores 60 in Glens Falls victory

   Leading off today: Junior guard Joe Girard III scored a school-record 60 points Friday -- and Glens Falls needed almost every one of them for an 86-76 boys basketball victory against Amsterdam.

   Girard held the previous school mark of 52 points. His latest performance was at least the second 60-point effort around the state this season. (All-time state list here)

   After the Indians led 49-41 at halftime, Girard scored 12 third-quarter points and 19 more in the fourth.

   "He has to score for us," said Glens Falls coach Rob Girard. "He forces some up, but we will live in die with those. In the second half, I wanted him to attack the basket more and he did that."

   Joe Girard raised his career total to 2,403, one short of Jimmer Fredette's school record. He is now fourth on the Section 2 all-time scoring list.

   "He is a special guy with a special mentality to him," Amsterdam coach Timothy Jones said. "He takes a lot of shots and tonight they fell. We knew he was going to hit tough ones."

   Sutherland beats Athena: In an early-season clash of state-ranked Monroe County teams, No. 21 Pittsford Sutherland earned a 52-43 Class A win over No. 6 Greece Athena. Senior guard Matt Thaney scored a team-high 14 points.

   The Knights scored the home victory despite 8-for-20 shooting from the free-throw line.

   Short-handed win: Playing minus four players suspended after a bench-clearing incident late in a Wednesday loss to Saratoga, Class AA No. 16 Shenendehowa returned to its winning ways with a 54-35 victory against Bethlehem. Senior Abbas Merchant led the way with 21 points.

   "We looked out of sorts and stale for a good chunk of the game (Wednesday) night," Shenendehowa coach Tony Dzikas said. "You know what? This is a year that if you don't bounce back from losses, you are going to lose a lot."

    • Wednesday's altercation also resulted ione-game suspensions for a Shenendehowa assistant and three Saratoga players.

   "No punches were thrown. It was just some shoving on the part of some kids on the court," Shen AD Chris Culnan said. "The problem with these situations is that while this one was de-escalated quickly, things can escalate very quickly -- (and) players coming off the bench can only escalate it quicker."

   Culnan and Saratoga counterpart Pete Sheehan reviewed footage of the incident Thursday morning to decide which team members required discipline.


   Swimming: Lexi Kramer was a quadruple-winner as Akron handed Newfane its first loss in eight years, 97-73. The Akron boys won Tuesday, snapping a 12-year unbeaten streak for Royalton-Hartland.

   Calling an audible: Syracuse CBA senior running back and linebacker Steve Scott III has flipped his football commitment from Rutgers to Indiana. Scott, an all-state running back in 2016 who missed most of the past season with a foot injury, announced the decision on social media.

   Former Onondaga and University of Michigan star Mike Hart is the running backs coach at Indiana, which was not among the 14 schools that had offered Scott before he made his non-binding commitment to Rutgers.

    • Sweet Home running back and linebacker Dylan McDuffie said this week that he has committed to the University and Buffalo, where his uncles Steve, Tedy and Chris all played previously.

   McDuffie received 14 offers during a senior season in which he rushed for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    • With football about the experience its first early-signing period, my weekly column for takes a look at some of the ins and outs of the National Letter of Intent program.

   On the move: Cassandra Negley has joined the sports staff at The Daily Star in Oneonta. She was most recently the sports editor at the Ithaca Times.

   Coming up: Wednesday's boys basketball game vs. Mattituck will be preceded by Greenport's dedication of its basketball court to 2,000-point scorer Al Edwards, who went on to coach the program to 383 victories and 10 Section 11 championships in 34 seasons.

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