November 4, 2013

Saints hope to play up-tempo game

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College women’s basketball team didn’t look like themselves a season ago.

The Saints went 7-17 during the 2012-13 season, and coach Jerrad Dumont wasn’t happy with the way they were forced to play.

“We played a slow-tempo game last year,” Dumont said. “It didn’t fit what we are used to doing at North Country. It really didn’t fit our style.”

This season, though, looks to be a year of getting back to North Country basketball they way it was supposed to be played.

The Saints return just two players from last season’s team in Veronica Uras and Emily Lapage, but welcome in 11 new players.

“Veronica and Emily are coming back and both have played in 24 games,” Dumont said. “They will be my captains this year and are already explaining and showing the girls what to expect and how to compete.

“They understand what it takes to compete at this level and what it takes to win. They have been leaders for us throughout the year, which has been really good.”

The Saints are looking to get back into an up-tempo style of play, with full-court man-to-man pressure and the roster portrays that.

North Country has 10 players on the roster listed in the guard position, with only a few listed to play in the post.

“We are going to be able to play an up-tempo game and really get up and defend,” Dumont said. “As opposed to last year we played a lot of 2-3 zone. This year we are going to put a lot of pressure on the basketball … as much as we can.”

One new player coming into the fold for the Saints is former Chateaugay player, Courtney Boyea.

Boyea was an all-state athlete in soccer, basketball and softball for the Bulldogs during her senior season.

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