Star player boxed in, BKW pulls together for win

COHOES –– With its star player surrounded and held scoreless, Berne-Knox-Westerlo had to employ the rest of its talented players. The Bulldogs were willing and able to step up against Maple Hill, coming back from 10 points down for a thrilling victory in Tuesday’s Class C semifinal.

The Cinderella ride continues for a team that had been considered a one-trick pony, having Section 2’s most dynamic scorer, Liz Harvey. After Tuesday, this is no longer the case.

BKW has always had an emphasis on teamwork. Maple Hill prevented Harvey from making baskets, but couldn’t find an answer for the other seven Bulldogs’ players.

“This proves that we can get it done, no matter what,” Head Coach Tom Galvin said after the 38-to-34 win at Cohoes. “It shuts up some of the critics that said we were just a one-person team. I’m very proud of this entire team.”

However, Galvin admitted that, if someone told him Harvey would score only two points in a BKW victory over Maple Hill, he might have thought they were a little crazy.

Despite the adverse situation, Makayla McCormick scored 15 points, Mary Salo had 10, and freshman Kathryn Salo scored eight points.

Plus, junior Delaney Martin made a game-changing three-pointer late in the third quarter that got the Bulldogs within three points of the lead. Right after that, McCormick stole the ball and made the ensuing lay-up to get BKW within one point.