SARANAC LAKE — Stephanie Demarais put the icing on the cake with two free throws with under five seconds remaining to give the North Country Community College women’s basketball team a thrilling 49-48 victory over Word of Life.
The Saints were faced with a 21-16 halftime deficit and managed to score only five points in the last 11 minutes of the opening stanza.
“We showed some resiliency (Friday),” North Country head coach Jerrad Dumont said. “Shelby Gausby made an impact in the second half, scoring 15 points. It was nice to finally get our first win of the season.”
North Country was in the midst of a back-and-forth affair, trading buckets throughout the entire duration of the contest.
“We had some key defensive stops,” Dumont said. “It enabled to get some open looks on offense. We were down three late, but were fortunate to bounce back.”
North Country 49, Word of Life 48
Word of Life (48)
Belssard 1-0-2, Barholmey 1-1-3, Collins 0-0-0, Dennison 0-0-0, Einwechter 0-0-0, Hempill 11-3-25, Klaus 4-4-12, Shingledecker 0-0-0, Saysanam 1-0-2, Tuttle 1-2-4.
North Country (49)
Uras 1-0-2, Keitt 4-0-9, Jock 0-0-0, Kezar 2-0-5, Demarais 4-4-13, Gary 0-1-1, Branton 0-0-0, Gausby 6-2-15, Lapage 2-0-4.
Halftime: 21-16, Word of Life.
3-point goals: North Country (4) Keitt, Demarais, Gausby, Kezar.
Paul Smith’s 93,
Unity College 71
PAUL SMITHS — With an aggressive defensive effort and improved attack in transition offense, Paul Smith’s picked up a 93-71 victory over Unity College Friday.
Devon Carr led all scorers with 25 points and six rebounds, while Shiva Senthil chipped in for 21 points in the 22-point win.
“We were able to pressure (Unity) early and force them into some difficult shots leading to good opportunities on offense,” North Country head coach Joe Akey said. “However, I was not pleased with how we came out in the second half. They cut the lead down to 13, but we were able to keep our focus and composure to push it back to 25 with five minutes left.”
Akey saw a vast improvement following an 89-55 loss to Clinton Community College Thursday night.
“It was a nice turn around from 24-hours ago where we didn’t have the energy or focus,” Akey said. “This is the best team I have coached since I’ve been here, not the most talented, but the team chemistry is very good early on in the season.”
Paul Smith’s 93, Unity College 71
Unity College (71)
Straight 4-2-11, Scoville 2-2-9, Adams 0-0-0, D’Acierno 1-2-5, Mahoney 1-0-2, Kopacz 5-2-13, Reynolds 2-1-6, James 0-0-0, Crowe 12-0-24, Heidelmier 1-0-2. Totals: 22-9-71.
Paul Smith’s (93)
Medina 2-0-4, Wightman 5-7-17, Hapgood 1-0-3, Carr 8-6-25, Odell 1-1-3, Senthil 8-0-21, Klock 4-2-14, Poltorak 1-0-2, McCuin 1-2-4. Total: 18-18-93.
Halftime: 54-31, Paul Smith’s.
3-point field goals: Paul Smith’s (14) Senthil 5, Klock 4, Carr 3, Hapgood. Unity (6) Scoville 2, Straight, D’Acierno, Kopace, Reynolds.