CLINTONVILLE — It was a battle between size and speed in Clintonville Wednesday night.
And in this battle, size won.
High School Sports Magazine
Beekmantown and AuSable Valley met for the first time this season, both sporting an unblemished record. But in the end, the Eagles just had too much size inside and captured a 70-65 victory in girls’ Northern Basketball League action.
“They did what they could do, and we did what we could do,” Beekmantown coach Greg Waters said. “We just ended up on top.”
The Patriots, though, put a huge scare into the Eagles. Beekmantown came into Wednesday’s matchup with a plus-36 point margin for victory in its first six games of the season.
AuSable Valley, meanwhile, had a plus-15 point margin for victory in its first five games, and had pulled out close victories with a one-point win over Newark and an overtime win against Saranac.
This time, however, it was the Eagles who captured the close victory.
Beekmantown took a 31-27 lead at the half, thanks in large part to 16 points by Shannon Ryan.
But the Patriots came out on fire in the third quarter, led by Logan Snow.
Snow connected on four 3-pointers — three in the third quarter — to help AuSable Valley to a 26-18 advantage in the quarter. The Patriots held a 53-49 lead heading into the fourth — a lead that would get as high as seven points in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think (Logan Snow) gets enough credit,” Patriots coach Roger Long said. “She consistently steps up in big games for us, and she is a difference maker. She really sparked our third quarter with her defense and offense.”
But then Emily Anderson took over.
As the Patriots spent most of the night trying to keep Ryan away from the basket, her counterpart on the other block took advantage.
Anderson scored 19 points in the game, including 15 in the second half, to get the Eagles back into the lead.
“I think that teams’ game plans are to double Shannon because she is such a tremendous player,” Anderson said. “In the second half, the guards took advantage and we worked a lot of post-to-post. I just used the moves I have been working on, and it worked out for us in the second half.
“Most teams can’t (stop both of us), but AuSable Valley put up such a fight. They did a good job against us and really pressured us. But we managed to pull things off in the second half.”
Beekmantown grabbed a 64-60 lead with just over a minute to play when AuSable Valley’s Madison McCabe drained a 3-pointer to pull the Patriots to within one.
But a long pass to Ryan at the other end of the floor provided a three-point play, and the Eagles iced the game at the free throw line.
“We did a great job on Shannon in the first half,” Long said. “We pushed her out of her spots. In the second half, (Ryan) and Emily were allowed to catch the ball in position, and there was nothing we could do.
“We did great in the first portion of the game, but we didn’t connect on some shots that really could have given us some momentum”
Snow finished with 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the charge for the Patriots. Meghan Strong added 15 points, while Madison Rondeau tallied eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
Ryan hit for a game-high 31 points while adding 21 rebounds and four blocks. Anderson added 12 rebounds and two blocks to go with her 19 points. Grace Kelly chipped in with 11 points.
“These were two undefeated teams that went out there and had a good battle,” Waters said. “That’s round one. Round two is coming up.”
“It was a good game between two strong teams,” Long added. “I congratulate Beekmantown on a good win, and we will see them again in February.”
Beekmantown 70, AuSable Valley 65
Guynup 2-3-7, Ryan 14-3-31, Kelly 3-4-11, Barcomb 1-0-2, Anderson 8-3-19, McKinley 0-0-0, Barrett 0-0-0, Rowell 0-0-0. Totals: 28-13-70.
AuSable Valley (65)
Strong 5-1-15, Saltus 2-0-4, L. Snow 9-2-24, Rondeau 3-2-8, S. Snow 3-0-6, Douglass 1-0-2, McCabe 2-1-6, Bourgeois 0-0-0. Totals: 25-6-65.
Beekmantown 14 17 18 21 — 70
AuSable Valley 14 13 26 12 — 65
3-point goals: Beekmantown (1) Kelly. AuSable Valley (9) Strong 4, L. Snow 4, McCabe.
JV: AuSable Valley won.