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November 4, 2013

Saints hope to play up-tempo game

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“She has been playing really well,” Dumont said. “And it’s nice to be able to have her play for me (as a former Chateaugay player myself).”

Boyea will join Lapage and Uras in Dumont’s starting lineup to start the season.

Tori Pennington, a 5 foot, 6 inch guard from Bear, Delaware, will also be in the starting lineup, while Shaneika Smith and Brianna Burgess will split time as the fifth starter.

“Burgess is left handed, about 5 foot, eight inches and she has done a really good job rebounding during our scrimmages,” Dumont said. “Hopefully that can carry over to regional play and into our season.”

Former Franklin Academy athlete Abbey LaPage has also caught Dumont’s eye early this season.

“She has been playing really well,” Dumont said. “She is also left handed and she comes from a great program in Malone.”

Northeastern Clinton graduate Skyler Hebert and Brushton-Moira graduate Caitlyn Lapage will also see time for the Saints this season.

With so many guards on the floor, Dumont is hoping to hide the fact that North Country is lacking in the height department.

Burgess stands at 5 foot, 11 inches, but the next tallest players on the team are all 5 foot, 8 inches.

“Against certain teams it could be a problem,” Dumont said. “We will be able to get up and pressure, and because we aren’t huge we really need to come ready to play. We will need to get the intensity up and defend well.

“If we can do that then I think we will be fine, but if we slack off our man we will get the ball pounded inside on us and we will be in trouble.”

With 11 new freshmen joining the team, the future definitely looks bright for the North Country women’s program. But, Dumont is hoping to the future might be now.

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