January 5, 2013

NAC captures first CVAC girls' basketball win in 9 years

LAKE PLACID — The Northern Adirondack girls’ basketball program has seen some difficult times over the years.

The Bobcats had been winless in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference for almost a full nine years.

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The losing streak, however, is now over.

Northern Adirondack defeated Lake Placid, 41-9, for its first victory in the CVAC since Jan. 7, 2004, a 40-37 home victory also coming against the Blue Bombers.

The Bobcats last official victory, though, came in a tournament against Parishville-Hopkinton on Dec. 30, 2007.

“It feels wonderful,” Northern Adirondack coach Jessica Barnhart said. “Our program has struggled in the past and we have some really great kids that work very hard, are dedicated and are excited to do well.

“And, we are young. Which is great because we have time to build … they are energized and excited to be there. Couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Taylor Durnin powered the way for the Bobcats with 19 points. Rachael Venne chipped in with 10 points.

“It was up tempo from the get-go,” Barnhart said. “We were aggressive defensively and had some good ball pressure. We also were able to distribute the ball well; the team was very unselfish.”

Chloe Uebrick paced Lake Placid with three points. Julianna Matos, Erin Weaver and Kelsey Taylor each finished with a basket.

“I want to congratulate Northern Adirondack on their first league victory in (nine) years,” Blue Bombers coach Jeff Potter said. “Also a shout out to Coach Barnhart for doing a fantastic job in turning the program around.”

“I think that we need to learn how to win and this is our first step in the right direction,” Barnhart said. “We need to continue to work hard and play hard in every game.

“I couldn’t be happier for the girls and the program. They all contributed (Friday). This was a team effort.”

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