Knights rally past Blue Bombers hoops
LAKE PLACID — When the Lake Placid girls basketball team left the first half tied with the Seton Catholic Knights on Monday night, it seemed like the game was destined for a nail bitter.
That wasn’t the case. The Knights caught fire and the Blue Bombers simply couldn’t keep up. Seton Catholic outscored Lake Placid 23-2 in the second half en route to a 39-18 victory in Lake Placid.
Blue Bombers head coach Jeff Potter said scoring two points in one half is not going to win games.
“We’ve got to start looking to shoot,” Potter said. “We’ve got to start looking to take the ball to the hoop and finishing plays. I thought defensively in the first half we played great. We just lost energy in the second half. We’ve got three games this week and three games the next. We’ve got to dig deep and find that energy otherwise we’re going to be on the losing end more so than the winning.”
Lake Placid got off to a solid start, batting with the Knights for much of the first quarter before the two squads deadlocked at 8-8. In the second quarter, the Blue Bombers jumped to a 6-2 run but eventually allowed the Knights to tie the game heading into intermission.
“It felt great the first quarter and that whole first half,” Potter said. “We played them last week and we didn’t shoot very well and obviously we didn’t shoot very well in the second half today.”
For Lake Placid, the loss marked its third in a row and its second straight to Seton Catholic after falling 35-27 on the road this past Wednesday. The Blue Bombers are currently 7-6 on the season.
After Seton Catholic jumped out to a 7-0 run in the third quarter, things didn’t get much better for Lake Placid when the team’s leading scorer, Nadia Phillip, suffered an injury and missed the remainder of the game.
While Potter said her absence didn’t help, he added that he wants some of his younger players to step up when Phillip isn’t on the court.
Four players recorded a point for Lake Placid, with Phillip scoring a team-high eight points. Julia Crawford had a solid outing with six points, while Katie Coursen and Julianna Marvin recorded two points each.
“Obviously Katie didn’t have a good night shooting,” Potter said. “When she’s on it opens up the inside game for us. That didn’t happen. But all we can do is keep working.”
Seven different Knights recorded a basket, with Madyson Whalen, Grace Trombley and Abby Pearl scoring eight points each. Seton Catholic improved to 10-6 with the win.
The Blue Bombers will look to bounce back from its three-game losing skid at home today against Indian Lake/Long Lake. The game will start at 6:30 p.m.
Seton Catholic 39, Lake Placid 18
Knights 8 8 10 13 — 39
Blue Bombers 8 8 0 2 — 18
Seton Catholic (39)
Hughes 0-3-3, Langlois 3-0-6, Whalen 4-0-8, Allen 0-0-0, Trombley 3-2-8, Rock-Perez 0-0-0, Conil 2-1-5, Lawliss 0-1-1, Johnston 0-0-0, Pearl 3-2-8. Totals: 15-9-39
Lake Placid (18)
Smith 0-0-0, Cecunjanin 0-0-0, Ahmemulic 0-0-0, Phillip 4-0-8, Marvin 1-0-2, Crawford 3-0-6, Light 0-0-0, Jordon 0-0-0, Coursen 1-0-2. Totals: 9-0-18.