Red Storm hoopers win second game in a row

At right, Saranac Lake’s Phoebe Peer looks to pass the ball away with three Willsboro defenders guarding her during Tuesday’s game. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — After starting out the season on a not-so-great losing streak, the Saranac Lake varsity girls basketball team recorded their second straight win on Tuesday.

Playing at home, the Red Storm came away with a 33-31 victory over the Willsboro Warriors to earn the team’s second win of the season.

“This year, anytime you can get a win the girls are going to go home happy. We’re pretty happy about the final outcome,” Red Storm head coach Chad LaDue said. “The fourth quarter was a little sloppy. I thought it wasn’t the prettiest of games. But to hang on and to get our second win in a row, I’m sure they’re pretty excited.”

In a low-scoring game, Saranac Lake was able to take a 10-6 first-quarter lead over the Warriors before holding Willsboro to a scoreless second quarter to give the Red Storm a 16-6 cushion at halftime.

“I thought that we got out and pressured a little bit and extended,” LaDue said. “We were concentrating on holding them to one shot. I thought we got better as the half went on off finding bodies and boxing out.”

Saranac Lake’s Sydney Leeret pulls from deep during Tuesday’s game against Willsboro at home. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

During that stretch, the Red Storm were led on offense by Kylee Meyer. Meyer dropped 12 points in just the first half, which included two three-pointers.

Despite the Red Storm advantage, it was Willsboro who opened up the second half with momentum. In just the third quarter, the Warriors doubled their score from the previous two quarters, but the Red Storm still held a 25-18 lead.

In the final quarter, Willsboro’s Jenna Ford scored six points to bring the game within two points. But with little time left in the game, Saranac Lake was able to hang on.

“I think we were two for six from the foul line in the last minute, which is tough,” LaDue said. “If you don’t make those two, it’s a different game, too. I think it was 15 seconds to go, they got an inbound and they got a quick bucket to get within two. I thought we could have defended a little bit better there.”

Meyer paced the Red Storm with a game-high 13 points, which included two three-pointers and Syndey Leeret recorded 12 points in the win. Saranac Lake also got points from Alex LaDue, Phoebe Peer, Alison Hewitt and Elizabeth Owens.

With their second win of the season in hand, the Red Storm girls will look to continue their hot streak on Friday when the team travels to take on the Ticonderoga Sentinels at 7 p.m.

“Going into Friday playing Ti — which is a team we hung around with pretty good — it’s time to see if we can go ahead and get three,” LaDue said.


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