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December 7, 2012

Cougars close 1st semester with win

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College women’s basketball coach Donna Dixon didn’t want the first semester to end.

But it did for the Cougars Thursday night with a 67-27 victory over Word of Life.

“We’ve been playing real well lately — we’ve put it all together the last three games,” Dixon said. “We’re starting to come together, and it’s too bad this was the last game in the first semester.

“We came out strong and loose in this game and played great halfcourt defense.”

Jessica and Emily Decker combined for 35 of the Cougars’ points. Jessica scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Emily followed with 17 points.

“This was probably Jessica’s best game at Clinton thus far,” Dixon said. “But everyone has been playing better for us.”

Katrina Garrand was also a force with 12 points, six assists and three steals. Alisha Ducatte added seven points, six assists and three steals as Clinton, which held a 32-14 halftime lead, improved to 5-4 on the season.

Jenny Saysanam led Word of Life with 11 points, and Katie Tuttle was next with 10.

Clinton 67, Word of Life 27

Word of Life (27)

Blessard 1-2-4, Bartholimey 0-0-0, Dennison, 0-2-2, Tuttle 4-2-10, Saysanam 4-1-11, Shingledecker 0-0-0, Eiwwechter 0-0-0. Totals: 9-7-27.

Clinton (67)

Garrand 3-6-12, Paul 2-0-4, Gates 1-0-2, Ducatte 3-0-7, E. Decker 8-1-17, J. Decker 9-0-18, Barber 0-0-0, Spencer 0-3-3, Seymour, 2-0-4. Totals: 26-10-67.

3-point goals: Word of Life (2): Saysanam 2. Clinton (1): Ducatte.

Halftime: Clinton, 32-14.

Men

North Country 63,

Schenectady County 62

SCHENECTADY — Ian Henderson connected on seven 3-pointers, including two in the final minute, and finished with 21 points as North Country Community College (9-3) outlasted Schenectady County Community College.

“It’s absolutely a big win for us because this is a tough place to play,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We had lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, and we wanted to get that feeling out of our stomach.

“We shared the basketball, and this was an important win for us because we play at No. 2-ranked SUNY Delhi on Saturday (2 p.m.).”

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