By MICHAEL KELLY and ADAM SHINDER
Recorder Sports Staff
In the penultimate edition of The Committee of Two's high school basketball player rankings, two Fonda-Fultonville athletes are maintaining slim edges for the top spots.
Atop the boys' list, Braves senior Will Turner is right where he started the season. The 6-foot-7-inch forward has battled some lower-leg injuries this season, but Turner has, with consistency, showed that he is the best basketball player our area has to offer. With squads double-teaming him and playing zone defenses designed to stop him, Turner has still produced night after night.
Meanwhile, Lady Braves junior Emily Parslow keeps her No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive week. The guard has led F-F to a great campaign, as the Lady Braves sit near the top of the Colonial Council and will be a team to watch in the Section II Class B playoffs.
We'll be back with one more in-season ranking next Monday and, then, TCOT will leave the viewing public in suspense until The Recorder hands out its postseason awards in March.
1) Will Turner, F-F (14 points; LW No. 1)
Team success has not been there for the Braves this season, but Turner and F-F still have five regular-season games left. Wednesday's home date against 4-9 Ichabod Crane is a must-win contest for the Braves.
2) Kory Bergh, Amsterdam (12 points; LW No. 5)
The sophomore makes a big jump this week after scoring 33 points and leading the Running Rams to last Thursday's overtime upset of Troy.
3) Andre Taylor, Broadalbin-Perth (10 points; LW No. 1)
Taylor has his club in solid position for sectionals. If the Patriots win out, B-P will garner a first-round home game in the Section II Class B playoffs.
4) Dillan Veeder, Canajoharie (8 points; LW No. 3)
After a winless week, Veeder and the Cougars bounced back with a pair of wins. Canajoharie is still in the running to garner a spot in the WAC Cup.
5) Josh Gonzalez, Canajoharie (6 points; LW No. 4)
Coming off three consecutive double-digit scoring games, Gonzalez will help lead the Cougars into Wednesday's home game against Schuylerville.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Marcus Pritchard, Amsterdam (2 points; LW ARV); Ryan Dingman, B-P (2 points; LW ARV); Dylan Klock, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville (1 point; LW Unranked); Aiden VanLoan, Fort Plain (1 point; LW ARV).
1) Emily Parslow, F-F (14 points; LW No. 1)
Parslow struggled with her shot in the second half of Friday's game against Watervliet -- but that did not stop Lady Cannoneers head coach Gordie Johnson from proclaiming Parslow to be the Colonial Council's best player.
2) Abby Boyer, Fort Plain (12 points; LW No. 2)
In this past Wednesday's showdown with Galway, Fort Plain routed the Lady Eagles. In that contest, Boyer had 22 points and provided the defense on Galway star Erica Chase.
3) Haley Kilmartin, Fort Plain (10 points; LW No. 3)
Offensively, Kilmartin has not missed a beat after returning this season from an offseason knee injury. The senior has been the Lady Hilltoppers' leading scorer in the second half of January.
4) Nina Fedullo, Amsterdam (8 points; LW No. 4)
Amsterdam head coach Eric Duemler said a long-term goal for Fedullo is to become the program's first 1,000-point scorer. With 217 points so far this season, the freshman is well on her way to taking care of the first quarter -- and more -- of that goal this year.
5) Kaitlyn Devine, Amsterdam (6 points; LW ARV)
The Lady Rams are 3-1 this season when Devine hits double digits with her scoring, while the club is just 4-7 when she does not hit 10 points.
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Erica Chase, Galway (4 points; LW No. 5); Alexis Kane, Canajoharie (1 point; LW Unranked); Felicia Snyder, Galway (1 point; LW Unranked).