ELLENBURG — The Northern Adirondack girls overcame a slow start offensively and used a strong defensive effort throughout to turn back Peru 43-35 in Northern Basketball League play Thursday.
Magan Magee and Rachael Venne led the Bobcats with 11 points apiece, while Taylor Durnin added eight and Jillian Scott had seven.
Meghan Mazzella tossed in 11 points for the Indians, and Maria Remillard followed with eight.
Northern Adirondack scored just one point in the first quarter before rallying for a 14-12 halftime lead. The Bobcats then expanded their advantage to 29-20 after three.
“Peru really came out to play tonight and jumped out to an early lead,” Northern Adirondack coach Jess Barnhart said. “Our defense kept us in it. Rachael Venne held Mazzella to two points in the first half and played excellent defense.
“We were more patient on offense in the second half and started to sink more of our shots. But this game was won by our team defense — everyone hustled.”
Northern Adirondack 43, Peru 35
Remillard 3-2-8, Laporte 1-0-2, Spear 3-0-6, Mazzella 5-1-11, Terrell 0-0-0, Flynn 2-0-5, Allen 0-0-0, Neenan 0-1-1, McKinney 0-0-0, Schaefer 1-0-2. Totals: 15-4-35.
Northern Adirondack (43)
Warick 0-0-0, Mag. Magee 3-2-11, Scott 2-2-7, Durnin 4-0-8, Mak. Magee 1-3-5, LaFountain 0-0-0, Venne 2-7-11, Kerr 0-1-1, Brunell 0-0-0. Totals: 12-15-43.
Peru 5 7 8 15 — 35
N. Adirondack 1 13 15 14 — 43
3-point goals: Peru (1): Flynn. NAC (4): Mag. Magee 3; Scott.
JV: Peru won.
Modified: Peru won.
NORTHEASTERN CLINTON 60, PLATTSBURGH 28
CHAMPLAIN — Kayla Carder poured in 20 points and Northeastern Clinton rolled past Plattsburgh.
The outcome was never in doubt as the Cougars jumped out to a 21-4 lead after one and a 33-6 halftime lead.
Taylor Rabideau and Shaylyn Rowe chipped in with nine points each for Northeastern Clinton.
Kaylia Carper tossed in nine points to pace Plattsburgh.
“We had an excellent first quarter, scoring 21 points and holding them to four,” Northeastern Clinton coach Frank Dumas said. “Our defense really stepped it up tonight. Our four guards really did a nice job.
“Kayla Carder had a very good game, controlling the inside and causing Plattsburgh a lot of problems. Shaylyn Rowe worked real hard on both ends of the court. Carder had 16 rebounds and Sierra Gonyo, five steals.”