LAKE GEORGE - In practice Monday, senior basketball player Meagan Stover received a quick pass on the baseline then sank a quick jumpshot.
Friday, Stover was lead scorer in the Warriors' 38-31 victory over Adirondack League Western Division rival Corinth. This defensive battle was the Warriors' next-to-last regular game this season before they play Whitehall this weekend for the Adirondack League championship.
Stepping off the court Monday in practice, Stover - who was high scorer for the Corinth game with 18 points - deferred credit to her teammates for her offensive accomplishments this season.
"I score a lot only because everybody is passing a lot, looking for opportunities and working the ball inside," she said. "Everyone is contributing to the game."
One key factor in the Warriors' success this season - they are 13-0 in the league and 16-2 overall - has been the team's depth. Coach Rob Tefft can rotate players - to keep them fresh, or substitute freely when someone is in foul trouble or injured - and he can count on the chemistry to continue.
Stover said this chemistry has been brewing up even better lately.
"We're really coming together now as a team - our passing, shooting and defense," she said. "We're working the ball inside better."
This chemistry has been boosted by playing larger schools, which forces the Warriors to ratchet up their play to meet the tougher competition, she said.
"We're 4-2 against the larger schools, and this shows us how well we can play," she said.
Also at practice Monday, junior Sara Anderson said her team was gearing up well for the league championship followed by the sectional tournament next week.
"Our passing has been improving, and we've realized we're more of an inside team rather than a perimeter team," she said. "We're also rebounding better now."
Feb. 4, Lake George beat Hadley Luzerne 54- 35, despite the efforts of league standout Jesse Sussman and her teammates.
In this matchup, Stover had 15 points and Anderson contributed 12 points. Jesse Sussman led the Eagles with 16 points and eight steals.
Friday's showdown against Eastern Division leader Whitehall at 8:30 p.m. in the Glens Falls Civic Center, for the overall league championship, is likely to be a classic battle.
The two teams' prior showdown, in front of a vocal, enthusiastic crowd Jan. 19 in Lake George's gym, was when both teams were undefeated.
Lake George won the game 51-43, using a zone defense against Whitehall's tough, tall players.