Press-Republican

February 22, 2013

Patriots, Bobcats reach C final

JOHN CORYER
Press-Republican

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.”

Taylor Saltus led the Patriots with 12 points, while Strong added 11, Logan Snow nine, Madison McCabe eight and Madison Rondeau seven in a balanced offensive attack.

Defensively, Saltus finished with 11 steals and Snow 13 rebounds.

Andrea Rich was the lone Ticonderoga player in double figures with 11. Kylie Austin was next with six.

AuSable Valley 51, Ticonderoga 25

Purkey 2-0-5, Moore 0-0-0, Palandrani 0-0-0, Rich 5-1-11, Austin 3-0-6, Kelly 0-0-0, Mars 0-0-0, Hamel 0-0-0, Campney 1-1-3. Totals: 11-2-25.

AuSable Valley (51)

Strong 3-3-11, Knapp 0-0-0, Saltus 5-2-12, L. Snow 3-2-9, Taylor 0-0-0, Rondeau 2-3-7, Si. Snow 1-0-2, Douglass 0-0-0, McCabe 3-2-8, Sy. Snow 1-0-2, Manning 0-0-0, Santamaria 0-0-0. Totals: 17-12-51.

Ticonderoga 10 5 2 8 — 25

AuSable Valley 6 8 26 11 — 51

3-point goals: Ticonderoga (1): Purkey. AuSable Valley (3): Strong 2; L. Snow.

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Northern Adirondack 46, Seton Catholic 26

Northern Adirondack came out strong from the start, taking an early 9-0 lead and holding the advantage throughout.

The Bobcats held a 14-4 edge after one quarter, a 26-16 halftime lead and a 37-22 advantage after three. The closest the Knights got was five points in the second and nine in the third.

Northern Adirondack received balanced scoring led by Rachael Venne with 13, Taylor Durnin 11, Magan Magee 10 and recent junior varsity call-up Alexis Boulrice, seven. Durnin also had 10 rebounds and three steals, and Magee had five assists, four steals and six rebounds. Venne grabbed five steals.

“I’m so happy with the team,” Northern Adirondack coach Jessica Barnhart said. “We played well defensively, rebounded well and played unselfish basketball. We came out and were able to execute and played aggressively right from the start.

“The players did a good job looking for their teammates. Boulrice did a great job off the bench stepping up for us.”

Venne scored six of her points, including two early 2-pointers, to help the Bobcats set the tone in the first quarter.

Magee and Boulrice then led the way with five points each in the second before Venne added seven more in the third. After Seton Catholic pulled to within 28-19, Northern Adirondack scored nine of the final 12 points in the stanza.

The Bobcats’ biggest lead in the fourth was 22 points.

Paige Spittler led the Knights in scoring with 11 points, and Kelli Ryan added six. Shannon Egan had five.

“Our game plan coming in was to defend Spittler and Ryan,” Barnhart said. “Venne did a great job on Spittler and Magee on Ryan.”

Northern Adirondack 46, Seton Catholic 26

Seton Catholic (26)

Murnane 1-0-2, Spittler 4-2-11, Clark 0-0-0, Ryan 2-2-6, Chapman 0-0-0, Nachbauer 0-0-0, Egan 2-0-5, Durgan 0-0-0, Moore 1-0-2. Totals: 10-4-26.

NAC (46)

Durnin 5-1-11, Warick 0-0-0, LaFountain 0-0-0, Venne 5-3-13, Magee 3-2-10, Scott 1-0-3, Lashway 0-0-0, Kerr 1-0-2, Brunell 0-0-0, Boulrice 2-3-7. Totals: 17-9-46.

Seton Catholic 4 12 6 4 — 26

Northern Adirondack 14 12 11 9 — 46

3-point goals: Seton Catholic (2): Spittler; Egan. NAC (3): Magee 2; Scott.