March 1, 2013

Vikings, Wildcats dominate in D semis

CLINTONVILLE — The two top seeds took away any suspense early on Thursday night in the Section VII Class D boys’ basketball semifinals.

No. 1 seed Schroon Lake rolled to a 51-23 victory over No. 5 Chazy in the second game of the evening, while No. 2 Moriah was also dominant in a 48-33 win over No. 3 Elizabethtown-Lewis in the opener.

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The Wildcats and Vikings will meet for the Class D championship at noon Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

Schroon Lake 51, Chazy 23

Jesse Shaughnessy scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats opened a 15-3 lead after one and never looked back.

“We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and put them away early,” Schroon Lake coach Lee Silvernail said. “We came out with tremendous energy, played good defense and were able to get some early baskets.”

Chazy went on a 6-0 run early in the second quarter to cut its deficit to 17-9 before Alex Shaughnessy nailed a 3-pointer to ignite a 7-0 run. That gave the Wildcats a 24-9 lead at the half.

Alex Shaughnessy then hit another three late in the third, sending Schroon Lake on a 9-0 burst that resulted in a 44-14 advantage after three.

Jesse Shaughnessy, who did not play in the fourth quarter, hurt the Eagles inside with a game-high 20 points. Tanner Stone connected on four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Alex Shaughnessy added nine.

“That was huge to get our inside-outside game going,” Silvernail said. “We have some younger players who can shoot from the outside.

“Our shooting was strong throughout the game.”

Alex Shaughnessy chipped in four assists, and Jesse Shaughnessy contributed three steals.

Jeff Armstrong didn’t score but was a major factor defensively with 10 rebounds, including nine in the first half. He also didn’t play in the fourth.

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