Bombers hoopers edge out Bolton
LAKE PLACID — After Nadia Phillip made a buzzer-beater layup to put the Lake Placid girls basketball team up by 11 over the Bolton Eagles heading into halftime Tuesday, it seemed like the Blue Bombers were easily going to cruise to victory.
That wasn’t the case. Bolton took advantage of Lake Placid’s mistakes to bring the game within reach, but in the end, the host Blue Bombers came through with just enough defensive pressure to walk away with a 37-36 victory over the Eagles.
“Sometimes lady luck is on your side and we were able to run out the clock,” Blue Bombers head coach Jeff Potter said. “We rushed shots. It’s just getting them to play together, understanding situations, getting good shots and knowing when to pull the ball and use the clock.”
The Blue Bombers got off to a solid start to Tuesday’s game when they jumped out to a 10-5 advantage after the first quarter and extended their lead to double-digits after the second quarter.
Trailing 21-10, the Eagles returned from intermission and got off to a quick start with an 8-2 run in the first two minutes of the third quarter.
With Bolton’s Jadyn Egloff scoring 10 of her 17 points in the third quarter, the Eagles were able to cut the Blue Bombers’ lead to 29-27.
In the fourth quarter, Lake Placid utilized a 2-3 zone defense to seal the team’s first win of the season.
“We made it close. Obviously, we had way too many unforced turnovers — and fouls too,” Potter said. “It’s the first game of the year though, we just had a scrimmage prior to this with Saranac Lake. I’ve got nine kids and if we don’t have all nine on any given night we’re using them all. They are all going to contribute at some point. It’s good to come out with a win though. We just have to keep working towards getting better.”
Phillip, a junior, led Lake Placid with 13 points. Fellow junior Kyra Jordon also had a stand-out performance with 12 points. Adelisa Ahmemulic, Julia Crawford and Julianna Marvin chipped in four points each in the win.
Bolton’s Maille Kelley finished the game with 11 points, while Jane Pfau had seven and Jane Trowbridge had one.
“All in all, it was a good effort for us defensively and on the boards for us,” Potter said. “We’ve just got to get better and cut down on those unforced errors.”
Following the win, the Blue Bombers will return to their home court to take on the Keene Beavers today at 6:30 p.m.
Lake Placid 37, Bolton 36
Bombers 10 11 8 8 — 37
Eagles 5 5 17 9 — 36
Lake Placid (37)
Smith 0-0-0, Cecunjanin 0-0-0, Ahmemulic 2-0-4, Phillip 6-1-13, Marvin 2-0-4, Crawford 2-0-4, Light 0-0-0, Jordon 6-0-12, Coursen 0-0-0. Totals: 18-1-37.
Egloff 6-5-17, Hubert 0-0-0, Pfau 3-1-7, LaBrecque 0-0-0, Huck 0-0-0, Kelley 2-7-11, Trowbridge 0-1-1, Navitsky 0-0-0, Anand 0-0-0, Figuroa 0-0-0, Williams 0-0-0, Ward 0-0-0. Totals: 11-14-36.