CHESTERTOWN - With two starters fouled out and several absent, a depleted North Warren Girls Basketball squad pulled off an improbable 41-35 victory Dec. 18 against Fort Ann.
A last-minute offensive surge spearheaded by North Warren sophomore Kiera Warner made the crucial difference in the Adirondack League win.
With 45 seconds remaining and the score tied, the pressure was intense for the five eligible Cougar players that remained, North Warren coach P.J. Hogan said Monday.
"Our players demonstrated good resiliency and teamwork to come back and win the game even though we were so short-handed," he said.
Knowing that her talented senior teammates Kat Andonucci and Sarah Erikson were sidelined for fouls, Warner made the offensive moves that won the League matchup.
With the score knotted, Hogan called a timeout and set up a jumpshot for Warner from the wing, and her throw drove through the net. Fort Ann took their turn, but missed their shot, and Warner then rebounded the ball.
Warner then dribbled the ball the length of the court, eluding her opponents, and completed a layup that sealed the game, Hogan said.
"The girls really pulled together," he said.
Warner tallied 10 steals with her 12 points, and Kat Andonucci demonstrated her athleticism by sinking 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Assisting them were sophomore Cassie Maday with 7 points - including one three-pointer, junior Morgan Tennyson with 5 and senior Kelsey Hamblin with 4.
The Cougar roster was depleted because senior Laura Fahey wasn't competing due to an injury, and juniors Jessica May and Lindsey Meade were on family trips.
For Fort Ann, Breanna Moore tallied 20 points.
With the victory, North Warren is now 2-3 overall.
Next up is North Warren's annual Christmas tournament Dec. 29 and 30, featuring Johnsburg, Schroon Lake and Warrensburg.