HERKIMER — A solid defensive effort was the difference for the Clinton Community College women’s basketball team Sunday in a 49-46 victory over Herkimer Community College.
The Cougars (6-5) avenged a 55-40 home loss to the Generals on Dec. 8.
“This was a huge win for us,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We mixed it up and played very well defensively.
“Herkimer shoots a lot of threes — they penetrate and kick the ball back to their shooters. We did a good job defending the lane and closing out on their shooters.”
Katrina Garrand and Emily Decker led the way for the Cougars.
Garrand finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals, while Decker tallied a game-high 18 points.
Katelyn Gates chipped in with eight rebounds and Jessica Decker added six rebounds.
The Generals held a 27-23 lead at the half.
“We took the lead with 13 minutes left, and then it went back-and-forth after that,” Dixon said. “Garrand hit two free throws to put us ahead to stay with 3:15 left.
“With 30 seconds left, she hit a layup to give us a 49-46 lead, and we were able to get a defensive stop. The kids were determined to get the win today.”
The Cougars return home before heading back out on the road this coming weekend for games at Corning Community College and Finger Lakes Community College.
Clinton 49, Herkimer 46
Agoney 0-0-0, Garrand 5-4-16, Horton 0-0-0, Gates 1-1-3, Ducatte 2-1-6, Barber 0-0-0, J. Decker 3-0-6, E. Decker 8-2-18. Totals: 19-8-49.
Webb 0-0-0, Waters 0-0-0, Randio 1-0-2, Brown 3-1-7, Awerdick 3-0-7, Seabrooks 1-2-4, Loucks 0-0-0, Craig 3-0-9, Williams 7-0-17. Totals: 18-3-46.
3-point goals: Clinton (3): Garrand 2; Ducatte. Herkimer (7): Williams 3; Craig 3; Awerdick.
Halftime: Herkimer, 27-23.
Corning C.C. 56,
North Country C.C. 45
CORNING — Corning Community College prevailed in a game that featured a combined 17 three-pointers by the two teams.
Marissa Peck led the Barons with a game-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Chelsea Lehman connected on a trio of three-pointers on the way to 16 points, and Sarah Dickson also hit in double figures with 13.