Press-Republican

February 17, 2013

Garrand leads Clinton women to playoffs

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Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Katrina Garrand had herself a game Saturday.

The Clinton Community College senior, playing in her final regular season home contest, finished with a near quadruple-double in the Cougars, 74-47, women’s college victory over Hudson Valley.

Clinton has now secured a spot in the NJCAA Region III tournament.

Garrand poured in 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, had seven steals and added a block for good measure.

The win for the Cougars also avenges a loss on Jan. 31 to the Vikings, 63-60.

“It was our Senior Game,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “Katrina, Emily Decker, (Ruth) Paul and (Megan) Barber all contributed; they all had a great game.

“We shot 43 percent from the floor and were very aggressive on defense. We did a good job stopping (Raeshelle) Frasier and (Angelica) Smith. They were huge for them down there.”

Emily Decker added 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Cougars (13-8, 11-8), while Paul had eight rebounds to go with her six points.

Freshman Alisha Ducatte shot 12-of-22 from the floor for a game-high 27 points. Jessica Decker pulled down six rebounds.

“Alisha had a monster game,” Dixon said. “She scored 18 in the first.

“We had 23 assists in the game, and overall it was just a really great game. The seniors really stepped up and it was a great 40 minutes of basketball.”

Frasier led the way for Hudson Valley with 21 points, while Smith chipped in with 14 points.

“Now we are playing for seeding,” Dixon said. “If we take care of business, we could have a decent seed.”

Clinton travels to Fulton-Montgomery today for a contest with Broome at 1 p.m.

Clinton 74,

Hudson Valley 47

Hudson Valley (47)

Brown 0-0-0, Creighton 1-2-4, Forehand 0-0-0, Frasier 9-1-21, LaPietra 0-1-1, Pino 0-0-0, Smith 6-2-14, Tomeck 3-0-7. Totals: 19-6-47.

Clinton (74)

Garrand 7-2-18, Gates 1-2-4, Ducatte 12-0-27, E. Decker 5-2-12, Paul 3-0-6, J. Decker 2-1-5, Horton 0-0-0, Barber 1-0-2, Agoney 0-0-0. Totals: 31-7-74.

Halftime: Clinton, 42-21.

3-point goals: Hudson Valley (3) Frasier 2, Tomeck. Clinton (5) Garrand 2, Ducatte 3

Schenectady 66

North Country 64

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College women’s basketball team committed errors down the stretch, while missing 10 free throws in the final minutes of regulation in a 66-64 home defeat to Schenectady.

Haylea Gary fired a game-high 25 points for the Saints (7-17), while Stephanie Demarais (12) and Shelby Gausby (10) combined for 22.

“I thought that our team played very tough today,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “I was impressed with how we played and shared the basketball in the first half, but in the second half, we made too many mental mistakes that cost us the game.”

The Royals had three players finish in double-figures.

Monique Pucci (20), Tierney McGlynn (16) and Jordyn Funk (16) accounted for over 78 percent of its team’s scoring totals.

The Saints play host to Herkimer today at 3 p.m.

Schenectady 66,

North Country 64

Schenectady (66)

Pucci 6-6-20, Tillapaugh 0-0-0, Sanboet 3-2-9, Mcglynn 6-4-16, Mcuray 2-1-5, Funk 5-6-16. Totals: 22-19-66.

North Country (64)

Kezar 2-0-4, Uras 1-3-5, Demarais 5-0-12, Branton 0-0-0, Lapage 3-2-8, Gary 8-6-25, Jock 0-0-0, Gausby 4-1-10. Totals: 23-12-64.

Halftime: 31-26, North Country.

3-point goals: Schenectady (3): Pucci 2, Sanboet. North Country (6): Demarais 2, Gary 3, Gausby.

Men

Schenectady 81

North Country 71

SARANAC LAKE — With 42 percent of its point production out due to injuries or illness, the North Country Community College men’s basketball team suffered an 81-71 setback to Schenectady.

After a six-point halftime differential, the Saints (16-9) were unable to hit shots late and cut into the Royals’ (15-11) lead.

“I was pleased with our effort, and they didn’t outwork us,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “I was proud with how our guys hung in there. They stepped up and that’s all you can ask for.”

Former Northeastern Clinton standout Steve Carder dropped a game-high 40 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Freshman Michael Boyea fired in 21 points and added 15 assists in the loss.

Five Schenectady players finished in double-figures. Jesse Smith and Jeremy Gregg each had 19 points.

“We were undermanned, and it was tough,” LaDue said. “But I tip my hat to a very good Schenectady team.”

The Saints play host to Herkimer, who ranks No. 8 in the latest NJCAA national poll, today at 1 p.m.

Schenectady 81,

North Country 71

Schenectady (81)

Blanchard 7-3-18, Brown 1-1-3, Gregg 4-4-12, Smith 7-3-19, Clement 4-2-10, Erwin 6-6-19. Totals: 29-19-81.

North Country (71)

Boyea 8-4-21, Henderson 2-0-6, Grcic 0-0-0, Brock 0-0-0, Carder 16-8-40, Stone 1-0-2, Patraw 1-0-2, Hanle 0-0-0, Poupore 0-0-0. Totals: 28-12-71.

Halftime: Schenectady, 35-29.

3-point goals: Schenectady (4): Blanchard, Smith 2, Erwin. North Country (3): Boyea, Henderson 2.

Herkimer 89

Clinton 72

HERKIMER — The Generals, especially Demetrius Mitchell, continued their hot shooting against the Cougars.

Mitchell, who connected on seven 3-pointers the first time Herkimer met up with Clinton (12-13, 9-12), rained down four more for a game-high 23 points.

Dequan Jackson and Jonathan Feiler each tallied 20 points for the Generals.

“It was a three-point game with about two minutes left in the first,” Cougars coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We shot the ball very well to start, but they shot well the whole game.

“We went on a two-minute stretch where we made some turnovers and they made us pay. They went on a 14-point run to end the half to go up 17.”

Jamie Davison had a strong game for Clinton with a team-high 16 points and five assists. Mykelle Krecko chipped in with eight points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Knight tallied 12 points. Chris Miller finished with nine points.

“In the second half, we got it down to 12, but that was as close as we could get,” Daugherty said. “They shot the lights out the whole time. We played hard, but Herkimer was just too much for us.

“I believe we are not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Now, we are playing for pride and we will try to finish up the season on a good note. The kids have played hard all season and they will continue to play hard the next three games.”

The Cougars are back at it today in Columbia-Greene with a 1 p.m. contest.

Herkimer 89, Clinton 72

Clinton (72)

Krecko 4-0-8, Spencer 2-0-4, Miller 3-2-9, Knight 4-0-12, Davison 5-2-16, Radan 1-0-2, Hull 2-0-4, Coolidge 3-0-8, Carter 2-3-8, Campbell 0-1-1. Totals: 26-8-72.

Herkimer (89)

Davis 2-2-7, Cunningham 1-0-3, Floyd 2-2-7, Whittingham 0-2-2, Mitchell 8-3-23, Young 1-0-2, Clark 0-1-1, Hunt 1-0-2, Campbell 0-0-0, Lanieri 1-0-2, Thomas 0-0-0, Feiler 7-4-20, Foden 0-0-0, Dequan Jackson 7-2-20. Totals: 30-16-89.

Halftime: Herkimer, 47-30.

3-point goals: Clinton (12) Miller, Knight 4, Davison 4, Coolidge 2, Carter. Herkimer (13) Davis, Cunningham, Floyd, Mitchell 4, Feiler 2, Jackson 4.