February 10, 2013

Strong, Saltus lead Pats over Cougars

CHAMPLAIN — Meghan Strong and Taylor Saltus each finished with 14 points as AuSable Valley held off Northeastern Clinton, 47-40, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball Saturday.

The Patriots held a slim 20-18 lead at the half, and had only a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter before distancing themselves.

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“It was a real good game; back-and-forth all the way,” Cougars coach Frank Dumas said. “It came down to the last three minutes; we just couldn’t hit a shot and had to foul a little bit.”

Northeastern Clinton trailed by just three points at the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter before falling cold.

Logan Snow added 10 points for AuSable Valley in the win.

Taylor Rabideau led the way for the Cougars with nine points, while Allie Cartier finished with eight.

“We played well and I am proud of the girls,” Dumas said. “AuSable is a tough club and they had really balanced scoring. It was just a good game and both teams played hard. They were just able to pull it out.”

AuSable Valley 47,

Northeastern Clinton 40

AuSable Valley (47)

Strong 4-3-14, Knapp 0-0-0, Saltus 5-4-14, L. Snow 3-4-10, Taylor 1-0-2, Rondeau 1-2-4, S. Snow 0-1-1, Douglass 1-0-2. Totals: 15-14-47.

Northeastern Clinton (40)

Roush 1-4-6, Menard 0-0-0, Hebert 1-4-6, Rabideau 3-3-9, Arless 0-0-0, Babbie 0-0-0, Dominic 2-0-5, Cartier 2-4-8, Miller 1-0-2, Paola 0-2-2, Sample 1-0-2. Totals: 11-17-40.

AuSable Valley 10 10 13 14 — 47

N. Clinton 9 9 14 8 — 40

3-point goals: AuSable Valley (3) Strong 3. Northeastern Clinton (1) Dominic.

JV: Northeastern Clinton won.

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