BEEKMANTOWN — Beekmantown has been tested for two consecutive games with showdowns against top teams Saranac and Plattsburgh.
However, the Eagles have now proven they are a team to be reckoned with this season.
Shannon Ryan poured in a team-high 27 points as Beekmantown held off Plattsburgh, 48-43, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball action Friday.
Ryan scored 18 of her points in the first half as the Eagles took a 23-11 lead at the half.
“It was a great defensive effort in the first half,” Beekmantown coach Greg Waters said.
The Hornets’ Marle Curle, though, took control in the second half to try to will her team to victory.
Curle scored 23 of her game-high 28 points in the second half, including 14 points in the fourth quarter. She connected on four of her seven 3-pointers in the fourth.
“They, through Curle’s effort, got it to 46-43 in the fourth,” Waters said. “(Grace) Kelly hit two free throws to seal the victory for us.
“We were able to match them basket-for-basket, and we shot well from the free-throw line, going 6-of-8 in the quarter.”
The Eagles went 14-of-19 from the foul line through the entire game.
Kelly chipped in with nine points for Beekmantown.
Dragoon 0-1-1, Carlsson 2-0-4, Marlow 1-0-2, Keyser 1-1-3, Curle 10-1-28, Duquette 2-0-5, Coupal 0-0-0, Cantwell 0-0-0. Totals: 16-3-43.
Wilson 1-0-2, Guynup 1-2-4, Ryan 11-5-27, Kelly 1-7-9, Anderson 3-0-6, Barcomb 0-0-0, LaFountain 0-0-0, McKinnley 0-0-0. Totals: 17-14-48.
Plattsburgh 6 5 11 21 — 43
Beekmantown 12 11 8 17 — 48
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (8) Curle 7, Duquette.
JV: Beekmantown won.
Saranac 41, Peru 38
PERU — An 18-point second quarter by Saranac proved to be an important point in a back-and-forth game with Peru, as the Chiefs went on to win, 41-38.
After taking a six-point lead into the second stanza, Peru managed just seven points in the second. The Indians pulled the game within three points at the end of the third quarter, but Saranac held on in the end.