SARANAC — Tori Trim sent the game to overtime, but AuSable Valley connected at the free-throw line in the extra session to defeat Saranac 68-64 Wednesday in a girls’ Northern Basketball League game.
The Chiefs were behind at the end of the third quarter but put up 21 points in the fourth, with Trim sinking a 3-pointer three seconds before the end of regulation to tie it at 58.
The Patriots hit six free throws in overtime to give them an edge.
Meghan Strong paced AuSable Valley with 20 points, including 13 in the third quarter, and Madison McCabe scored 18. Taylor Saltus finished with 10 points, while Logan Snow added nine.
“It was a very exciting game between two athletic teams,” Saranac coach Tim Newell said. “We knew going into this contest that it would be a game of runs. I thought our girls were a little too pumped up to start the game. We rushed ourselves on the offensive end, forcing the offense.”
Newell said the Chiefs settled down in the second, but when the Patriots ratcheted up their defense in the third, Saranac didn’t handle it well.
“I was really proud of the girls; they settled down and got their composure back (in the fourth),” Newell said. “It was a seesaw battle back and forth throughout the second half.”
Saranac’s Summer Gillespie and Kayla Napper attacked the basket and totaled 18 and 17 points, respectively. Trim and Kaitlyn Bowman both scored nine.
AuSable Valley 68, Saranac 64 (OT)
AuSable Valley (68)
Saltus 4-2-10, Strong 8-2-20, L. Snow 2-3-9, Rondeau 3-0-7, Bourgeios 1-0-2, S. Snow 1-0-2, McCabe 6-3-18. Totals: 25-10-68.
Trim 3-0-9, Napper 6-5-17, Eggleston 2-0-6, Newell 1-2-5, Bowman 4-1-9, Gillespie 7-4-18. Totals: 23-12-64.
AuSable Valley 13 4 23 18 10 — 68
Saranac 10 14 13 21 6 — 64
3-point goals: AuSable Valley (9), Strong 3, McCabe 3, Snow 2, Rondeau. Saranac (6), Trim 3, Eggleston 2, Newell.
JV: AuSable Valley won.
NORTHERN ADIRONDACK 46, PERU 31
PERU — The Bobcats, down by two points after one quarter, outscored the Indians by an 18-2 margin in the second stanza to get the upper hand.