Merrill hits game-winner for SL

High School Roundup

SARANAC LAKE — Kayleigh Merrill drained the game-winning shot in the closing seconds to lead the Saranac Lake girls basketball team to a 39-37 victory over Ticonderoga on Wednesday night.

With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Saranac Lake inbounded the ball to Jayda Buckley, who dribbled around before finding Merrill open with less than 10 seconds to go. Merrill turned and shot the winning basket from about 12 feet away.

Saranac Lake stole the ball away from Ticonderoga in the closing seconds to secure the victory.

“This game was a 32-minute barn burner,” Saranac Lake coach Frank Johns said. “We played a great defensive game against a good team.”

Johns said Kylee Clark and Maggie Carpenter teamed up to help slow down Ticonderoga’s leading scorer, Emily Pike, who finished with a game-high 22 points.

“Pike still got her points, but she would have got a lot more,” Johns said.

Buckley scored 15 points and Roslyn McClatchie hit for 13 to lead the way offensively for Saranac Lake. Merrill chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.

Ticonderoga led 12-7 after the first quarter and 18-15 at the half. Saranac Lake took the lead with a 13-8 advantage in the third quarter to set the stage for a back-and-fourth final quarter.

Saranac Lake (4-5 overall) hits the road Friday for a game against Plattsburgh, then returns home to play Lake Placid on Tuesday.

Tuesday

Keene 48, Lake Placid 45

KEENE VALLEY — The Keene girls basketball team withstood a late offensive flurry by Lake Placid on Tuesday to secure a 48-45 victory.

Caitlyn Lopez scored 12 points to pace Keene, while Lindsay Rath led the Blue Bombers with 14.

The teams have each won one game in their season series.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Saranac Lake Placid 4, Canton 3

CANTON — The Saranac Lake Placid girls hockey team traveled north Wednesday night to secure a 4-3 victory over Canton.

Faith Fell’s goal from the point late in the third period proved to be the difference. Lydia Bullock notched her third assist of the game on the final goal.

“A good road win for us to keep things moving forward,” Saranac Lake Placid coach Bill Peer said. “Got off to a good start, but two quick goals in the third allowed Canton to tie it up.”

SLP went into the final period with a 3-1 lead, before Canton’s Sydnee Francis and Paige Glasgow connected early in the third.

Tess Stanton scored on an assist by Bullock at 6:57 of the first, then scored again with eight seconds left in the second. Lea Hill scored at 9:48 of the second period to give SLP a 2-1 lead.

Brooke Paries recorded 19 saves for SLP, while Katie Premo and Katie Webber teamed up in net for Canton.

SLP returns to action Monday on the road against Massena.

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