North Warren 40,
SALEM - The North Warren Girls Basketball team demonstrated their determination under pressure as they fought off a late-game comeback by Salem and secured a victory Jan. 15.
Senior Katherine Andonucci demonstrated her inside power for the Cougars, scoring 16 points in the win which was decided in the final minute.
The Cougars' stonewall defense inside forced outside shooting by the Generals, prompting Salem standout Patricia Russo to score a trio of three-pointers in her way to 10 points.
Assisting Andonucci was Senior Kelsey Hamblin with seven points, Sophomore Kiera Warner and Junior Lindsey Meade with six each, Senior Laura Fahey with three and Sophomore Guard Chantal Millington with two.
With the win, North Warren improves to 7-4 overall, and 4-4 in the Adirondack League, crushing pre-season predictions by sports writers.
Showing the promise of future years' Varsity teams, the North Warren Junior Varsity continued its string of wins by beating Salem before their elder counterparts took to the floor.
Lake George 53,
Fort Ann 37
FORT ANN - The Lake George Warriors sank a flurry of shots in the third quarter to secure a key Adirondack League win Jan. 15 by defeating Fort Ann 53-37.
Trailing by one point at halftime, a supercharged Warrior squad responded by scoring 23 points in the third stanza, compared to the Cardinals' 10.
Junior Caroline Murphy took charge for Lake George, scoring a game-high 19 points during the contest, which was more competitive than the final tally suggests. Senior Sara Anderson contributed to the winning effort, recording six points and 11 rebounds. Junior Brittany Baker tallied nine points, Junior Kelly Flaherty 6, Sophomore Amanda Chambers five, Junior Erin Blunt four, and Junior Courtney Mastrodomenico and Sophomore Chelsea Sipowicz, two.
Breanne Moore led Fort Ann with 16 points and nine rebounds.
With the win, Lake George advances to 6-2 in the Adirondack League.
ARGYLE - A balanced, furious scoring assault by Argyle buried Warrensburg in a 69-33 game Jan. 15.
Four Argyle players recorded double figures in scoring, and eight lit up the scoreboard in the game held on the Scots' home floor. Argyle standout Lexi McWhorter scored 17 points and had nine steals in their win.
The Scots' blistering offensive attack resulted in a 24-8 first quarter. Burgher standout eighth-grader Brittany DeCrescente scored 10 of her 12 game points in the second quarter, which was the team's bright spot, as they outshot Argyle 13-9 in the period.
However, the Scots regained their momentum, outscoring the Burghers 20-6 in the third stanza.
Assisting DeCrescente were Senior Kaitlin May with six points, Sophomore Ashlie Morehouse and Junior Kate Kuklinski with four, and Senior Kate Taddeo with three and Sophomores Tessa Acuna and Isabella Szabo with two.
Keene 28 OT
KEENE - Junior Eagle standout Dominique-Jean Servelli hit a shot on the fly with about a half-minute to go in overtime to give Bolton a 30-28 win Jan. 14 over Keene.
With the victory, the Bolton Eagles Girls Varsity team advanced to 6-2 in the Mountain and Valley conference. In the game, Servelli recorded 10 points, while Senior teammate Danielle St. Amour tallied a game-high 14 points.
Keene was trailing through much of the contest, but launched a 13-5 fourth-quarter rally to push the game into overtime.
For Bolton, Juniors Alana Peterson and Charlotte Caldwell and Sophomore Roselynn Denne all chipped in with two points each.
Lake George 44,
LAKE GEORGE - With shrewd playmaking, the Lake George Girls Basketball team overcame a solid Corinth effort Jan. 12 and put forth a tenacious defense to secure a 44-24 Adirondack League victory against Corinth.
Lake George Senior Sara Anderson scored 18 points and brought down nine rebounds in the effort.
Her teammate Junior Kelly Flaherty contributed 10 points and six blocked shots, Junior Caroline Murphy assisted with six points, classmate Brittany Baker chipped in with three points, and Juniors Jenna Bechard, Courtney Mastrodomenico and Jess Pagnotta followed with two each. Sophomore Amanda Chambers helped with a foul shot.
Jordan Madison led the Tomahawks with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
With the win, Lake George's Adirondack League record improved to 5-2.
Lake George won the Junior Varsity game.
North Warren 41,
CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren Cougars fought back a fourth-quarter scoring surge by Warrensburg to secure a 41-40 Adirondack League win on Jan. 12.
Sophomore Kiera Warner led the Cougars with 14 points.
The Burghers were down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but they fought back with a frenetic 10-point run to tie the game. However the Cougars answered the challenge by putting up a winning basket and then kept possession of the ball to end the game.
Burgher Coach Scott Smith said it was frustrating for his team.
"We couldn't get a critical rebound, then North Warren came up with a big basket at the end," he said.
Cougar Coach P.J. Hogan praised the Burghers and said he was happy with his team's strengths.
"Warrensburg put on a great rally but our players responded," he said Tuesday. "They make great plays when they have to - they haven't yet gotten rattled at critical times."
Assisting in the balanced team effort for the Cougars were Seniors Kelsey Hamblin with nine and Katherine Andonucci with eight, Sophomore Cassie Maday with six, and Senior Laura Fahey and Junior Lindsey Meade with two each.
Burgher Sophomore Point Guard Jaci O'Brien scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Burghers. Classmate Isabella Szabo assisted with 6, Eighth-grader Brittany DeCrescente contributed five, followed by Sophomore Ashlie Morehouse with four, Senior Kate Taddeo with three, Senior Kaitlin May with two.
With the win, North Warren boosted their overall record to 6-4.
O'Brien and DeCrescente both scored one three-pointer each in the game.
North Warren's Junior Varsity continued their winning campaign with a victory over their Burgher counterparts.
Warrensburg's last home game, featuring special presentations to the Senior Burgher players, is set for Friday evening.
OLMSTEDVILLE - Bolton Eagles put forth a solid scoring effort in the second and third quarters to defeat a tenacious Minerva-Newcomb team 46-31 on Jan. 12.
Senior Danielle St. Amour scored 15 points and Junior Dominique Servelli contributed 11 in the hard-fought contest.
Aiding in the Eagle effort were Junior Alana Peterson with 8 points, Senior Montana Reilly contributing six, Junior Charlotte Caldwell with four, and Sophomore Roselynn Denne scoring two.
Deidra Palmatier led Minerva-Newcomb with 12 points, followed by Mountaineer guard Rebecca Bolan with 8.