December 5, 2012

Defense leads Clinton over Adirondack in OT

PLATTSBURGH — After a two-point loss to Adirondack Community College to start the season, Clinton Community College was looking to exact some revenge Tuesday.

The Cougars gained their revenge, but it took overtime to do it.

Clinton (4-4, 3-4) captured a 61-54 overtime victory against the Timberwolves in women’s college basketball.

“They beat us by two down there and we knew we didn’t play to our potential,” Cougars coach Donna Dixon said. “We knew coming in we had to do some things different.

“It was a good game; we did some things well and some things not so well at times. But, we dominated the overtime period by putting on our full-court pressure.”

Emily Decker had a strong game on the inside for Clinton with 19 points. Katelyn Gates added 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Alisha Ducatte added 13 points, six assists and five steals. Katrina Garrand chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. Ruth Paul pulled down 14 rebounds.

“It was a game of runs,” Dixon said. “We were down by two with 48 seconds left when Gates hit a 3-pointer. Alisha then stole the ball and made a layup to put us up for. We fouled them and (Kara) Tecl made both free throws, while we missed the front end of a 1-and-1. (Shelby) Graham took the ball coast-to-coast and was fouled with 1.1 seconds left and she made both free throws to tie it at 50.”

Graham led the way for Adironadck with 21 points, but it was Tecl, who scored 12 points, who proved to be the heart of the team.

Dixon moved Garrand on to Tecl towards the end of the second half and into the overtime, which proved to be the difference.

“Tecl was running the show,” Dixon said. “We put Katrina on her and took her out of the picture. We were able to take advantage with the ball out of her hands.

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