Red Storm hoopers roll past ’Jacks, 38-16

Saranac Lake’s Phoebe Peer, center, fights through Tupper Lake’s defense to make a pass during Thursday’s game in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

SARANAC LAKE — With the winter sports season winding down, the Saranac Lake girls basketball team claimed a 38-16 home win over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks in a non-league match up Thursday night.

The Red Storm were strong defensively, holding the Lumberjacks to single points in all four quarters. On the offensive side, Saranac Lake was even better, nailing four three pointers en route to the team’s fourth win of the season.

“We’re kind of a streaky team,” Red Storm head coach Jacob Vennie-Vollrath said. “If they are comfortable and they get good looks they are falling. I think the energy from senior night. The stands were full. We had youth basketball played at halftime, I think the team came through with the excitement that was happening.”

Emma Akey and Samra Cirikovic led Saranac Lake with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The duo also hit two three-pointers each, while Phoebe Peer chipped in five points for the Red Storm.

Saranac Lake’s Madison Moody-Durant, Addison Dann and Ayla Small recorded two points each, while Calleigh LaDue had one point.

After Tupper Lake scored the first two points of the game, Saranac Lake jumped out to an 18-0 run that extended into the second quarter.

The Red Storm left the first half with an 18-6 lead.

Despite trailing big, the Lumberjacks came back from intermission with a little bit of momentum, making the score 20-10, before Saranac Lake extended its lead late in the third quarter.

The Red Storm then finished with a strong fourth quarter to seal the game.

“I was happy that they didn’t give up and they played hard until the end,” Tupper Lake head coach Travis Dupuis said. “We struggled offensively. Our defense, it was OK. A lot of the points that they got toward the end, we were a little tired and banged up so fastbreak points kind of killed us.”

Jadah McBroom paced the Lumberjacks with six points. Rachel Sorensen and Bela Cabral had four points each, while Cadison Seymour chipped in two points.

“We couldn’t score in the first half. The second half wasn’t much better — a little bit but not much,” Dupuis said. “Offensively we just had trouble putting the ball in the basket.”

With the loss, Tupper Lake falls to 2-13 overall.

The Lumberjacks are slated to play their final game of the regular season against the Parishville-Hopkinton Panthers on the road Monday.

The team previously defeated the Panthers 19-16 on Jan. 4.

For Saranac Lake, the team improves to 4-11.

The Red Storm will travel to Saranac Central today for its next matchup.

The game will start at 12:30 p.m.

Saranac Lake 38, Tupper Lake 16

Red Storm 6 12 9 11 — 38

Lumberjacks 2 4 8 2 — 16

Saranac Lake (38):

Akey 5-0-14, Kielau 0-0-0, Deckenberger 0-0-0, Yando 0-0-0, Corliss 0-0-0, Moody-Durant 1-0-2, Meyer 0-0-0, C. LaDue 0-1-1, Whitson 0-0-0, Cirikovic 5-0-12, Peer 2-1-5, Dann 1-0-2, T. LaDue 0-0-0, Small 1-0-2, Susice 0-0-0. Totals: 15-2-38.

Tupper Lake (16)

McBroom 3-0-6, Moutin 0-0-0, Seymour 1-0-2, Bissonnette 0-0-0, Sorensen 2-0-4, Lilley 0-0-0, Cabral 1-2-4, Becker 0-0-0, Tower 0-0-0. Totals: 7-2-16.


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