January 9, 2014

Beekmantown outmuscles AuSable Valley

CLINTONVILLE — It was a battle between size and speed in Clintonville Wednesday night.

And in this battle, size won.


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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.

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