---- — SARANAC LAKE — Steve Carder controlled the paint for North Country Community College with 23 points as it knocked off Word of Life, 79-54, in men’s college basketball Saturday.
Jared Heden added 13 points and Brody Douglass contributed 11 points.
The Saints didn’t get off to a great start against Word of Life, trailing 30-27 at the half.
“We did not come out ready to play in the first half,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We came out and went on a 21-2 run to start the second half.
“We just settled in and played Saints basketball in the second half.”
Former Schroon Lake standout Uriah Harvey tallied 15 points to lead the way for Word of Life. Mike Duma and Brooks Wegant each finished with nine points.
North Country (4-0) is back at it on Monday with a 7 p.m. game at Paul Smith’s College.
North Country 79, Word of Life 54
North Country (79)
Boyea 2-1-5, Douglass 4-3-11, Poulter 3-2-8, Heden 4-2-13, Carder 9-5-23, Henderson 3-0-7, Mills 3-1-8, Patraw 1-0-2. Poupore 1-0-2. Totals: 30-14-79,
Word of Life (54)
Arris 1-0-3, Davoll 1-0-2, Duma 3-1-9, Harvey 7-1-15, Lebel 2-2-6, Sabatini 2-0-5, Stewart 2-0-5, Wegant 3-3-9. Totals 21-7-54.
Halftime; Word of Life, 30- 27.
3-point goals: North Country (5) Heden 3, Henderson, Mills. Word of Life (5) Arris, Duma 2, Sabatini, Stewart.
SCHENECTADY — A difficult start to the game proved to be the difference for the Cougars as the Royals held on for the victory.
Schenectady opened the game on powerful run and caught the young Clinton basketball team off guard.
“We got jumped on immediately,” Cougars coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They came out with a lot of energy and they have a lot of athletes.
“They were all over us early and we didn’t respond well … our youth was definitely showing. They hammered us for the first 8-10 minutes of the game and were down as many as 17.”
After the first portion of the first half, however, Clinton (1-3) began to respond. The insertion of Jordan Knight and Jordan Coolidge provided a spark on defense that helped the Cougars pull with six at the half.
“The turning point of the first half was a one-handed putback dunk by (Mykell) Crecko and the two Jordans coming off the bench,” Daugherty said. “They are really quick and pesky on defense and provided the spark for us to get us back into the game.”
The second half was a back-and-forth contest, and the Cougars had it down to four points with just 40 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get any closer.
“The way we started the game was a learning experience,” Daugherty said. “I think we were intimidated by the way they started. But I thought we were the better team the last 30 minutes.
“After four games we are showing some growing pains, but we are improving with each game. With a few breaks we could be 4-0 right now.”
Reece Jackson led the charge for the Royals with 23 points. Omar Brown added 13 points, while Terrance Blanchard finished with 12 points.
Crecko led the way for Clinton with 23 points and eight blocks. Chris Miller and Jamie Davison each contributed 18 points, while Kyree Hull tossed in 11.
The Cougars will host Adirondack at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Schenectady 83, Clinton 78
Crecko 9-5-23, Miller 6-6-18, LaPoint 3-0-6, Hull 5-1-11, Davison 6-3-18, Spencer 0-0-0, Knight 0-0-0, Coolidge 0-2-2. Totals: 29-17-78
Jackson 8-3-23, Clement 3-0-7, J. Brown 0-3-3, Smith 4-0-9, Francis 1-0-3, Greg 1-1-3, O. Brown 6-1-13, Berthaime 2-1-6, Blanchard 5-0-12, Kemble 1-1-4. Totals: 31-10-83.
Halftime: 41-35 – Schenectady.
3-point goals: Clinton (3) Davison 3. Schenectady (11) Jackson 4, Clement, Smith, Francis, Berthaime, Blanchard 2, Kemble.
SCHENECTADY — Despite shooting 1-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 11 seconds of play, the Clinton Community College women’s basketball team was able to pull off a thrilling 63-61 win over Schenectady Community College Saturday.
The Cougars (2-1) pulled down offensive rebounds following four consecutive chances from the charity stripe, taking 9.1 seconds off the clock before the Royals (1-1) could fire a half-court shot that went wide.
“We did well on the boards, but we squeaked it out (Saturday),” Clinton head coach Donna Dixon said. “Katrina Garrand and Emily Decker carried us throughout. It was an interesting finish to say the least.”
Following a six-point run early in the second stanza, the Cougars never surrendered the lead in the second half.
Garrand led all scorers with 27 points, while also totaling five rebounds, three assists and five steals in the contest. Decker garnered 16 points, while Katelyn Gates added seven.
Guards Betsy Santoro and Kaila Sanbeouf combined for 29 points in the loss.
Clinton travels to Saranac Lake, N.Y., Tuesday for a showdown against rival North Country. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Clinton 63, Schenectady 61
Santoro 7-0-17, Tucci 3-0-6, Tillapaugh 0-0-0, Sanbeouf 3-4-12, Hall 2-2-6, McGlynn 1-0-2, Murray 0-0-0, Funk 3-6-12, Dickson 3-0-6. Totals: 22-12-61.
Garrand 9-6-27, Paul 1-0-2, Gates 1-5-7, Ducatte 4-0-8, E. Decker 7-2-16, J. Decker 1-0-2, Barber 0-1-1, Spencer 0-0-0, Seymour 0-0-0. Totals: 23-14-63.
Halftime: 33-30, Schenectady.
3-point goals: Schenectady (3) Santoro, Sonbeaf 2. Clinton (3) Garrand 3.
North Country 44
SARANAC LAKE — The Hawks pulled away from the Saints in the second half to capture the Saints Classic in women’s college basketball.
Jamestown defeated Word of Life in the consolation game.
Erika Richards led the way for Rockland with 18 points. Fiona Pierre added 12 points, while Katie Sovak finished with 14.
“We looked better,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We improved a lot over the weekend.
“I thought we shared the ball well and our court spacing was good. We just got into foul trouble.”
Nicole Keitt netted a team-high 17 points for the Saints. Shelby Gausby added eight points, while Emily Lapage pulled down 11 rebounds. Stephanie Demarais finished with three steals.
North Country hosts Clinton Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Rockland 74, North Country 44
Saponaro 3-1-9, Desir 1-0-2, Kenzaki 2-0-6, Richards 6-5-18, Loughnane 3-0-7, Pierre 4-4-12, Gunderman 1-0-2, Sovak 6-0-14, Arias 1-0-2, Adison 1-0-2. Totals: 28-10-74.
North Country (44)
Uras 0-0-0, Keitt 4-8-17, Jock 1-1-3, Kezar 1-0-3, Demarais 0-3-3, Gary 1-2-4, Branton 0-0-0, Gausby 3-2-8, Lapage 2-2-6. Totals: 12-18-44.
Halftime: Rockland, 38-25.
3-point goals: Rockland (8) Saponaro 2, Kenzaki 2, Richards, Loughnane, Sovak 2. North Country (2) Keitt, Kezar.