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Saranac Lake girls end on weird, winning note

SARANAC LAKE — In a very strange year, the Saranac Lake girls basketball team wrapped up its four-game schedule in a rather crazy fashion.

Competing at home Monday in what proved to be their final game, the Red Storm eked out a 41-40 victory over Salmon River. Saranac Lake started the contest with just five players, and down the stretch, the Red Storm found themselves with just three players on the court after two left the game with injuries.

Kelsey Leeret poured in 25 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Saranac Lake, and Alison Hewitt added 10 as the Red Storm held on to finish their short campaign with a 4-0 record.

“One of the craziest games I have ever been a part of,” Saranac Lake coach Chad LaDue said. “We only had five players to start the game and when Marley Small got hurt early in the third quarter, we played with four. Then with four minutes left in the game, Alison Hewitt also had to come out with an ankle injury. So we had to play with three.

“We were able to put Small back in the game and she only played on the defensive side of the ball. We were able to hang on for the win. I am so proud of these girls and their fight tonight. All five of them should have this memory for the rest of their lives.”

Saranac Lake 41, Salmon River 40

Salmon River (40)

Conners 1-0-2, Martin 3-2-8, Swamp 2-0-4, Leroux 7-2-16, Thompson 5-0-10. Totals- 18-4-40.

Saranac Lake (41)

K. Leeret 7-6-25, Owens 3-0-6, S. Leeret 0-0-0, Hewitt 5-0-10, Small 0-0-0. Totals- 15-6-41.

Halftime- Saranac Lake, 23-18.

3-point goals- Saranac Lake (5) K. Leeret 5.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lake  Placid 53, Chazy 22

LAKE PLACID — Matt Brandes poured in 20 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to power Lake Placid to a 53-22 victory over Chazy on Monday.

Blue Bombers junior Jack Armstrong also hit in double figures with 10 points, while Zach Gavin and Nick Marvin added eight apiece in the victory.

Lake Placid knocked down seven three-pointers in the contest.

Devin Therrian and Patrick Dwyer paced Chazy with eight and seven points, respectively.

Chazy (22)

Barcomb 0-0-0, Hunyor 1-1-3, Dwyer 3-0-7, Juneau 0-0-0, deOndarza 0-0-0, Labarge 2-0-4, Salimando 0-0-0, Therrian 4-0-8, Coon 0-0-0. Totals- 10-0-22.

Lake Placid (53)

Armstrong 4-0-10, Byrne 0-0-0, Colby 0-0-0, Ledwith 1-1-3, Brandes 7-3-20, Kondrat 0-0-0, Cecunjanin 0-0-0, Gavin 3-0-8, Marvin 3-2-8, Trombley 1-0-2, Hooker 1-0-2. Totals- 20-6-53.

Halftime- Lake Placid, 27-13.

3-point goals- Chazy (2) Hunyor, Dwyer. Lake Placid (7) Brandes 3, Armstrong 2, Gavin 2.

Saturday

Willsboro 49, Lake Placid 23

WILLSBORO — Regan Arnold scored 21 points to lead the Warriors past the Blue Bombers on Saturday.

Brennon Farney was also a factor for Willsboro, which held a 29-16 halftime lead, with 17 points.

Matt Brandes was Lake Placid’s leading point producer with 12 and Jack Armstrong was next with eight.

“This was a good team win,” Willsboro coach Jim Spring said. “We played well together on the defensive end of the court and moved the ball well on offense.”

Lake Placid (23)

Armstrong 3-0-8, Byrne 0-1-1, Colby 0-0-0, Ledwith 1-0-2, Brandes 5-2-12, Kondrat 0-0-0, Cecunjanin 0-0-0, Gavin 0-0-0, Marvin 0-0-0, Trembley 0-0-0, Hooker 0-0-0. Totals- 9-3-23.

Willsboro (49)

Arnold 9-0-21, Reithel 0-0-0, H. Meachem 0-0-0, Reynolds 0-0-0, Cassavaugh 0-1-1, D. Meachem 0-0-0, Joslyn 1-0-2, Farney 7-3-17, H. King 0-0-0, Sweatt 0-0-0, Drollette 0-0-0. Totals- 20-4-49.

Halftime- Willsboro, 29-16.

3-point goals- Lake Placid (2) Armstrong 2. Willsboro (5) Arnold 3, H. King 2.

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