---- — QUEENSBURY — Despite a 30-17 halftime lead and 22 points from Emily Decker, the Clinton Community College women’s basketball team suffered a 48-46 setback to Adirondack Community College in its season opener Thursday night.
“We had them early on but couldn’t buy a basket in the second half,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “They got on a run and carried some momentum that we couldn’t disrupt.”
Kara Tecl proved to be the difference-maker for Adirondack with 18 points, while teammate Jamie McCaughlin collected 16 points on the night.
Ruth Paul, who averaged 11.2 rebounds per game in the frontcourt a season ago, was held to two points offensively but grabbed 13 boards in the loss. Decker was a pivotal forward on the glass, totaling eight rebounds.
Dixon said the team showed brilliance at times and there are some positive things to build off of.
“I was hoping for a better outcome, but I saw some good, fundamental basketball (Thursday),” Dixon said. “Katrina Garrand was consistent in the backcourt with eight points, three assist and three steals. She took command of the point and didn’t turn the ball over. Some of our newcomers like Alisha Ducatte (seven points) and Katelyn Gates (five points) showed promise.”
The Cougars will play their home opener Nov. 6 against Word of Life.
Adirondack 48, Clinton 46
Garrand 4-0-8, Seymour 0-0-0, Spencer 0-0-0, Paul 1-0-2, Barber 0-0-0, Gates 2-0-5, Ducatte 3-0-7, J. Decker 1-0-2, E. Decker 9-4-22. Team totals: 20-4-46.
Grahm 5-3-13, Andruk 0-0-0, Serevelli 0-1-1, Tecl 6-5-18, McCaughlin 7-2-16, Allen 0-0-0, Wilson 0-0-0, McShane 0-0-0. Totals: 18-11-48.
Halftime: Clinton 30-17.
3-point goals: Clinton (2) Gates, Ducatte. Adirondack (1) Tecl.