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Saranac Lake girls topple Tupper

Tupper Lake’s Elaina Daniels, right, reaches to save the ball from the end line while Saranac Lake’s Olivia Bell pressures the play during Saturday’s game on the Red Storm’s floor. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake girls basketball team claimed a win at home Saturday, topping Tupper Lake 45-20 in a non-league matchup.

The Red Storm turned in a strong defensive effort while holding the Lumberjacks to single points in all four quarters. And on offense, Saranac Lake turned good ball movement into points as three Red Storm players finished in double figures.

Kelsey Leeret and Susan Stevens led Saranac Lake with 12 points each and Alex LaDue added 11 points in the win. Nora Glover also chipped in six points for the Red Storm.

Saranac Lake led 12-6 after the first quarter and was on top 20-11 at halftime. The Red Storm then picked up the defensive pressure after intermission and went on a 14-2 third-quarter run to clinch the victory.

Shannon Soucy was Tupper Lake’s top scorer with seven points and Elaina Daniels added six points for the ‘Jacks, who left the court still looking for their second win of the season.

Caydence Tyo, of Tupper Lake, looks for an opening while Saranac Lake’s Alex LaDue plays defense during Saturday’s game. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

“Moving the ball is something that we’ve been working on and building,” Saranac Lake coach Chad LaDue said. “I think our ball movement has been pretty good; our shooting is coming around. I don’t think it’s anything to write home about yet, but it’s getting better.

“I thought in spurts we played well. It was nice to get all eight people into the game,” LaDue added. “Six of the eight got on the scoreboard and it was nice to see that as well. A big week coming up. We have four games in five days. At least this week, all those teams are in our zip code and we have a chance. We just have to play well.”

“They had good defensive pressure. They were aggressive,” Tupper Lake head coach Travis Dupuis said of the Red Storm. “That threw our guards off a little bit and we struggled getting into our offense. When we got there, we got open looks, we didn’t make the shots we needed to make.

“Our defense looked OK at times, but there were some letups,” Dupuis continued. “We have some stuff offensively, defensively we need to fix. Saranac Lake was aggressive on D, and that shook us on offense. We getting better but we still have a lot to work on. We’ll keep working.”

Tupper Lake next hosts Norwood-Norfolk when it returns to Section X action on Monday, and will also be at home Thursday against Parishville-Hopkinton. Both games are slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Saranac Lake travels to Schroon Lake Monday for its next matchup, another non-league game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.