WATERFORD — Kelly Neenan’s game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds remaining helped the Peru girls’ basketball team record a 42-40 defeat of Albany Leadership Academy in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge at Waterford-Halfmoon High School Sunday.
Meghan Mazzella paced the Indians with 21 points, including 12 converted free throws.
“We played a very physical game,” Peru coach Eric Dubay said. “Everyone hustled and fought for the ball. The girls played much more physical (Sunday) than they did on Saturday against Schenectady. Our defense played very well.”
Neenan and Sam Spear finished with six points, while Maria Remillard added five.
“Maddy Flynn made a crucial play for us late in the fourth and hit a big uncontested jumper late as well,” Dubay said. “Kelly Neenan made two huge shots for us in the fourth, including the game-winner on a runner in the lane with 0.5 seconds left.”
McKenna Gordon and Tysheonna Gaddy were the top point-getters for Albany Leadership Academy, recording 14 points apiece.
Dubay said Mazzella, Spear and Remillard also played well for the Indians.
“Meghan Mazzella was able to take the ball to the basket and keep us in the game offensively,” Dubay said. “Sam Spear was big and physical in the post, and Maria Remillard played hard the entire game.
“The girls never gave up, even when down three with 20 seconds left, and persevered to get the win.”
Peru 42, Albany Leadership Academy 40
Albany Leadership Academy (40)
Balck 2-0-5, Gordon 6-1-17, Mil. Willingham 1-0-2, Gaddy 7-0-14, Moultrie 1-0-2, Mik. Willingham 0-0-0, Graham 0-0-0. Totals: 17-1-40.
Remillard 1-3-5, Laporte 1-0-2, Spear 3-0-6, Mazzella 4-12-21, Flynn 1-0-2, Sheldrick 0-0-0, Allen 0-0-0, Neenan 3-0-6, McKinney 0-0-0. Totals: 13-15-42.
Albany Leadership Academy 11 7 8 14 — 40
Peru 8 7 13 14 — 42
3-point goals: Albany Leadership Academy (5) Gordon 4, Balck. Peru (1) Mazzella.
SARANAC LAKE 42, TUPPER LAKE 26
TUPPER LAKE — Saranac Lake took down rival Tupper Lake in 42-26 in girls’ nonleague basketball action Monday.
Katelyn Hewitt and Katie Buckley led the way for the Red Storm with 12 points apiece. Jenny Ward chipped in with 10 points.