February 22, 2013

Patriots, Bobcats reach C final

BEEKMANTOWN — Top-seeded AuSable Valley got its act together in the third quarter Friday night to join upstart Northern Adirondack in the Section VII Class C girls’ basketball finals.

The Patriots pulled away for a 51-25 victory over No. 4 seed Ticonderoga, while the second-seeded Bobcats led from start to finish in a 46-26 decision over No. 3 seed Seton Catholic.

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AuSable Valley (17-2) and Northern Adirondack (7-10) will play for the C championship at 5:45 p.m. March 1 at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

AuSable Valley 51, Ticonderoga 25

The Sentinels gave the Patriots all they wanted in the first half, taking a 15-14 lead into the intermission.

AuSable Valley, however, went on a 26-2 run in the third stanza for a 40-17 advantage and never looked back.

“Ticonderoga played a great first half, and we didn’t execute,” AuSable Valley coach Roger Long said. “We ran our offense too fast at times, and our spacing was not very good.

“In the second half, we got our full-court press working and started to rotate to the right spots. We put more pressure on the basketball, and our spacing was better.”

The first half was close, with the Sentinels holding a 4-point lead twice. Meanwhile, the Patriots’ only lead at the half was when it was 3-2.

But Meghan Strong, who was held scoreless in the first half, hit two quick 3-pointers to begin the third, followed by a 3-point play to give the Patriots a 23-15 edge.

AuSable Valley, which scored a number of baskets off steals and in transition, tallied the first 16 points of the stanza for a 30-15 advantage before Meg Campney’s 2-pointer accounted for Ticonderoga’s only points.

The Patriots then ran off 10 unanswered points for a 40-17 lead after three.

“We had a motivational speech at halftime,” Long said. “It was a matter of the girls getting their confidence. We played very well in the third and did what we had to in the fourth.”

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