Eagles defeat cold-shooting Bombers

Lindsey Rath of Lake Placid rips the ball away from Westport’s Maggy Ploufe during the second half. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

LAKE PLACID — You couldn’t fault Lake Placid’s girls for playing aggressive basketball against one of the better teams in Section VII when they hosted Westport on Thursday.

But the Blue Bombers’ shooting woes continued, and the Eagles made them pay. Led by Hannah Schwoebel and Ellie Storey, Westport cruised past Lake Placid 54-28 to improve to 6-1 in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference action. The two seniors combined for 38 points in the win, with Schwoebel draining a game-high 21 points and Storey chipping in 17.

Schwoebel needed to drain 31 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau in her high school career, and was well on her way after scoring 16 during the first two quarters, which mainly came from down low. But Lake Placid turned up the defensive pressure to limit Schwoebel to just five points after halftime and force the Eagles center to wait for another day to hit that mark.

On their offensive end of the court, the Blue Bombers knocked down just 13 field goals. Lake Placid hung fairly close after scoring 11 points in the opening quarter, but could only manage to hit in single digits during the next three periods — including only three in the second — in the loss.

“I think we’re putting up about 60 a game,” said Lake Placid coach Jeff Potter. “We have seven players on our team so you try to stay out of foul trouble, you try to play tough defense. For me, if we can play tough defense every night, I’m pretty happy. My kids just want to run, run, run. If we can get the ball, get it up the court, we’re not afraid to shoot, but we have to start converting more to be competitive.”

Laurel Miller of Lake Placid and Westport’s Hannah Schwoebel of Westport battle for a rebound during Thursday’s game. Also pictured for Westport are Abby Mero (14) and Rachel Storey. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Laurel Miller and Graci Daby paced Lake Placid with eight points each, and Camille Craig chipped in five. Just an eighth-grader, Rachel Storey also tossed in eight points for Westport before leaving the game early in the second half with an injury. The Eagles led 33-14 at halftime.

“”They were a little shaky tonight, but they got it together,” Eagles coach Brad Rascoe said of his team’s performance. “With Lake Placid, you know basketball isn’t their top sport, but their athleticisim is always good, and that usually equals out. They’re quick, they don’t give up and they get after you. They go after loose balls; they go after rebounds. I told our girls every time we play here we’re in for a dog fight. On our home court, we play better — a little more relaxed.”

With the setback, the Blue Bombers evened their record at 3-3. Lake Placid will now host a two-day event at the end next week and will play Thursday against St. Regis Falls.

Westport 54,

Lake Placid 28

Eagles 22 11 8 13 – 54

Blue Bombers 11 3 6 8 – 28

Westport (54)

E. Storey 6-5-17, A. Stephens 0-0-0, L. Stephens 2-1-5, Ploufe 0-0-0, Schwoebel 8-5-21, R. Storey 2-4-8, LaMotte 0-0-0, Gough 1-1-3, Mero 0-0-0, Lobdell 0-0-0. Totals: 19-16-54.

Lake Placid (28)

Craig 2-1-5, Miller 4-0-8, Daby 4-0-8, Rath 2-0-4, Hartnett 0-0-0, McKillip 1-1-3, Hathaway 0-0-0. Totals: 13-2-28.