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Northeastern Clinton's Peyton Sample (4) guards Peru's Maddy Flynn during Thursday's Northern Basketball League girls' matchup in Champlain. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Managing a five-point halftime lead, Northeastern Clinton girls’ basketball coach Frank Dumas was searching for a better shooting performance in the second half.

The Cougars responded, accumulating 39 points in the final 16 minutes of play in a 62-42 defeat of Peru in Northern Basketball League play Thursday.

“After the break, we came out and played our best third quarter of the season,” Dumas said. “Our defense was solid, and we were knocking down shots.”

Kayla Carder had another good night for Northeastern Clinton, totaling 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Shaylyn Rowe was also a significant contributor with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Maddison Flynn led the Indians with 17 points, hitting five 3-point field goals in all. Meghan Mazzella followed with 15 points.

“Both teams never stopped hustling and played hard right to the end,” Dumas said.

Northeastern Clinton 62, Peru 42

Peru (42)

Laporte 1-0-3, Spear 0-0-0, Mazella 6-3-15, Terrell 0-0-0, Flynn 6-0-17, Larson 0-0-0, Allen 1-0-2, Neenan 2-1-5. Totals: 16-4-42.

Northeastern Clinton (62)

Sample 1-0-2, Sample 4-3-12, Rabideau 0-2-2, Gonyo 1-0-2, Rowe 5-3-14, Paola 0-0-0, Sample 5-0-10, Carder 8-4-20. Totals: 24-12-62.

Peru 12 6 9 15 — 42

Northeastern Clinton 17 6 18 21 — 62

3-point goals: Peru (6) Flynn 5, Mazzella. Northeastern Clinton (2) Rowe, Sample.

JV: Northeastern Clinton won.

Modified: Northeastern Clinton won.

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Northern Adirondack 39, Plattsburgh High 30

ELLENBURG — Taylor Durnin (10) and Jillian Scott (8) combined for 18 points as the Bobcats fended off the Hornets in the second half.

“The first quarter, we started off strong, but Plattsburgh kept up its intensity,” Northern Adirondack coach Jess Barnhart said. “We did not connect from the line, which really hurt us in the first half. The second half was a battle, but our girls played with confidence and got the win. Plattsburgh played very well (Thursday).”

Ashley Marlow had a game-high 13 points for Plattsburgh High in the setback. Shea Frady added 11 points.

Northern Adirondack 39, Plattsburgh High 30

Plattsburgh High (30)

K. Carper 1-0-2, Dragoon 1-2-4, A. Carper 0-0-0, Worley 0-0-0, Bedard 0-0-0. LaValley 0-0-0, Marlow 5-3-13, Senecal 0-0-0, Frady 5-0-11, Keif 0-0-0, Cyphers 0-0-0, LaBarge 0-0-0. Totals: 12-5-30.

Northern Adirondack (39)

Warick 0-0-0, Mag. Magee 1-4-6, Scott 4-0-8, Durnin 3-4-10, Mak. Magee 1-3-5, LaFountain 0-0-0, Venne 1-2-4, Kerr 3-0-6, Brunell 0-0-0. Totals: 13-13-39.

Plattsburgh High 10 5 4 11 — 30

Northern Adirondack 17 6 4 12 — 39

3-point goals: Plattsburgh High (1) Frady.

JV: Northern Adirondack won.

Modified: Northern Adirondack won.

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MINERVA/NEWCOMB 54, JOHNSBURG 34

NORTH CREEK — Makenzie Winslow scored 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Astasia Myler added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Mountaineers. Nicole Rubertone chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.

After taking a 16-7 first-quarter lead, Minerva/Newcomb went on a 27-2 run in the second for a 43-9 halftime advantage.

Makayla Denno paced the Jaguars with 13 points, and Paige Guy was next with 11.

Minerva/Newcomb 54, Johnsburg 34

Minerva/Newcomb (54)

Yando 0-0-0, Winslow 6-0-15, Rubertone 3-1-7, G. McNally 2-0-4, Fiden 1-0-2, Miller 0-2-2, LaBarr 0-0-0, McCall 2-0-4, D. McNally 2-0-4, Bureau 0-3-3, Viele 0-0-0, Myler 4-5-13. Totals: 20-11-54.

Johnsburg (34)

Amell 1-0-2, Pierson 1-0-2, Denno 4-5-13, Guy 5-1-11, Persons 0-0-0, Millington 0-0-0, Ordway 2-0-4, DeThomas 1-0-2. Totals: 14-6-34.

Minerva/Newcomb 16 27 7 4 — 54

Johnsburg 7 2 8 17 — 34

3-point goals: Minerva/Newcomb (3): Winslow 3.

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AUSABLE VALLEY 70, SARANAC LAKE 24

CLINTONVILLE — Jeanna Manning scored a career-high 12 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to help lead the Patriots.

Madison Rondeau added 12 points, Taylor Saltus 11 and Madison McCabe nine for AuSable Valley.

The Patriots used great ball movement and got everyone involved in the offense. Kourtney Keenan, who was called up for her first varsity game, chipped in with six points.

The Patriots, who next have a big game at Beekmantown on Tuesday, jumped out to a 34-8 halftime lead.

Jenny Ward was the Red Storm’s leading scorer with six points.

AuSable Valley 70, Saranac Lake 24

Saranac Lake (24)

McDonough 1-1-4, Hochwald 0-0-0, Moody 1-0-2, Woodruff 0-0-0, S. Buckley 0-0-0, Ward 2-0-6, Hewitt 1-1-3, Baillargeon 2-0-4, Cummings 0-0-0, Morgan 0-0-0, K. Buckley 1-1-3. Totals: 9-3-24.

AuSable Valley (70)

Strong 3-0-6, Manning 4-0-12, Saltus 5-1-11, L. Snow 3-0-6, Rondeau 6-0-12, Keenan 3-0-6, Santamaria 0-2-2, Bourgeois 0-0-0, S. Snow 3-0-6, McCabe 3-2-9, Douglass 0-0-0. Totals: 30-5-70.

Saranac Lake 2 6 9 7 — 24

AuSable Valley 14 20 15 21 — 70

3-point goals: Saranac Lake (3): Ward 2; McDonough. AuSable Valley (6): Manning 3; McCabe.

JV: AuSable Valley won.

Modified: AuSable Valley won.

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Crown Point 43, Wells 9

CROWN POINT — Amanda Wolf had 10 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the Panthers past the Indians.

Both teams got off to a slow start, but Crown Point’s offense got going in the second half, when it scored 30 points.

Brittany Foote scored 14 points for the Panthers, and Logan Harrington added eight.

Chelsea Kennedy tossed in four points for Wells.

Crown Point 43, Wells 9

Wells (9)

Mayer 1-0-2, Brown 0-0-0, Brenan 1-0-2, Simons 0-1-1, Kennedy 2-0-4, Darling 0-0-0, Foster 0-0-0. Totals 4-1-9.

Crown Point (43)

Ryan 0-1-1, Crowningshield 1-0-2, DuShane 2-0-4, Bertsche 1-0-2, Wolf 5-0-10, Harrington 3-2-8, Foote 6-2-14, Landry 1-0-2. Totals: 19-5-43.

Wells 2 4 2 1 — 9

Crown Point 7 6 15 15 — 43

Modified: Crown Point won.

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Indian Lake/Long Lake 43, Schroon Lake 24

SCHROON LAKE — Shannon Farrell tossed in 13 points, while Jazmin Piraino and Lily Dechene added nine apiece for the Orange.

The Wildcats cut their deficit to five points in the third quarter, but Indian Lake/Long Lake hit two baskets to open up the lead again. The Orange then broke it open with a 19-9 run in the fourth.

Julianna Finnerty led Schroon Lake on Senior Night with six points.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 43, Schroon Lake 24

Indian Lake/Long Lake (43)

King 1-0-2, Dumond 0-0-0, Moore 3-0-6, Farrell 3-5-13, Piraino 4-0-9, Hamdan 2-0-4, Carroll 0-0-0, Dechene 4-1-9. Totals: 17-6-43.

Schroon Lake (24)

Ververka 2-1-5, Finnerty 2-0-6, Garland 0-0-0, Rodriquez 0-0-0, Gadway 2-1-5, Lanaue 0-3-3, Wisser 2-0-4, Subra 0-0-0. Totals: 8-5-24.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 11 7 6 19 — 43

Schroon Lake 4 7 4 9 — 24

3-point goals: Indian Lake/Long Lake (3): Farrell 2; Piraino. Schroon Lake (2): Finnerty 2.

Modified: Schroon Lake won.