---- — PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College women’s basketball coach Donna Dixon didn’t want the first semester to end.
But it did for the Cougars Thursday night with a 67-27 victory over Word of Life.
“We’ve been playing real well lately — we’ve put it all together the last three games,” Dixon said. “We’re starting to come together, and it’s too bad this was the last game in the first semester.
“We came out strong and loose in this game and played great halfcourt defense.”
Jessica and Emily Decker combined for 35 of the Cougars’ points. Jessica scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Emily followed with 17 points.
“This was probably Jessica’s best game at Clinton thus far,” Dixon said. “But everyone has been playing better for us.”
Katrina Garrand was also a force with 12 points, six assists and three steals. Alisha Ducatte added seven points, six assists and three steals as Clinton, which held a 32-14 halftime lead, improved to 5-4 on the season.
Jenny Saysanam led Word of Life with 11 points, and Katie Tuttle was next with 10.
Clinton 67, Word of Life 27
Word of Life (27)
Blessard 1-2-4, Bartholimey 0-0-0, Dennison, 0-2-2, Tuttle 4-2-10, Saysanam 4-1-11, Shingledecker 0-0-0, Eiwwechter 0-0-0. Totals: 9-7-27.
Garrand 3-6-12, Paul 2-0-4, Gates 1-0-2, Ducatte 3-0-7, E. Decker 8-1-17, J. Decker 9-0-18, Barber 0-0-0, Spencer 0-3-3, Seymour, 2-0-4. Totals: 26-10-67.
3-point goals: Word of Life (2): Saysanam 2. Clinton (1): Ducatte.
Halftime: Clinton, 32-14.
North Country 63,
Schenectady County 62
SCHENECTADY — Ian Henderson connected on seven 3-pointers, including two in the final minute, and finished with 21 points as North Country Community College (9-3) outlasted Schenectady County Community College.
“It’s absolutely a big win for us because this is a tough place to play,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We had lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, and we wanted to get that feeling out of our stomach.
“We shared the basketball, and this was an important win for us because we play at No. 2-ranked SUNY Delhi on Saturday (2 p.m.).”
After Henderson nailed a 3-pointer, Matthew Berthaime connected on a 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Royals back up by two.
But just four seconds later, Henderson drained another triple to give the Saints a 63-62 advantage.
“I called a timeout because we had only two fouls at the time,” LaDue said. “We kept fouling them the rest of the way until there were 3.4 seconds left. (Reece) Jackson then had a long shot that he missed on.”
Steve Carder added 20 points and 14 rebounds for North Country. Steven Poulter chipped in with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds. Brody Douglass dished out nine assists and Michael Boyea, six assists.
“Douglass did a great job penetrating the middle of their zone,” LaDue said.
“Jared Heden was injured in a previous game, and he played only about eight minutes tonight. It was a good team win.”
The two teams were tied at 34 at the half.
Jackson finished with 22 points for Schenectady, while Kenneth Kemble followed with 11.
North Country 63,
North Country (63)
Boyea 1-0-3, Douglas 1-2-4, Poulter 5-1-15, Heden 0-0-0, Carder 10-0-20, Henderson 7-0-21, Brock 0-0-0. Totals: 24-3-63.
Jackson 8-2-22, Clement 3-0-6, J. Brown 0-0-0, Gregg 1-1-3, O. Brown 2-0-4, Berthaime 3-0-7, Blanchard 3-0-7, Mitchum 0-2-2, Kemble 3-2-11. Totals: 23-7-62.
3-point goals: North Country (12): Henderson 7; Poulter 4; Boyea. Schenectady (9): Jackson 4; Kemble 3; Berthaime; Blanchard.
Clinton 81, Paul Smith’s 70
PAUL SMITHS — Clinton Community College took advantage of its strength inside to defeat the Bobcats.
Dennies Krecko led the way with 19 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks, while Stefan Radan added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Christopher Martinez chipped in 15 points and 10 boards off the bench, Chris Miller had 14 points and Jamie Davison had five assists and six steals.
“We weren’t shooting that well from the perimeter and relied on our inside game,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Our three inside players combined for 40 rebounds.”
Adam Klock nailed seven 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 31 points for Paul Smith’s. Patrick Wightman added 16 points, and Shiva Senthil had 11.
The Cougars (7-4), who won their fifth game in a row, held a 35-32 halftime lead.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half,” Daugherty said. “Paul Smith’s came to play, and we were tested.
“We played very well in the second half and were able to get to the line. What helped us was getting in the bonus with 11 minutes left.”
The Cougars outscored the Bobcats 26-5 from the foul line.
Clinton 81, Paul Smith’s 70
Davison 1-5-8, Knight 0-0-0, Coolidge 1-0-2, Hull 1-3-5, Martinez 6-3-15, Miller 5-4-14, Chabau 0-0-0, Radan 4-10-18, Krecko 9-1-19. Totals: 27-26-81.
Paul Smith’s (70)
Hapgood 0-0-0, Medina 3-0-7, Wightman 6-2-16, Senthil 4-0-11, Klock 12-0-31, Carr 1-3-5, O’Dell 0-0-0, McCuin 0-0-0. Totals: 26-5-70.
3-point goals: Clinton (1): Davison. Paul Smith’s (13): Klock 7; Senthil 3; Wightman 2; Medina.
Halftime: Clinton 35, Paul Smith’s 32.