WILLSBORO - For the first five minutes, nothing wanted to go in.
The Willsboro and Schroon Lake varsity girls basketball teams had plenty of good looks, but nothing would fall until the Lady Warriors' Amanda Mahoney scored the first basket of the game with 2:30 left in the first quarter.
But while Willsboro scored first, Schroon Lake scored more as they opened their season with a 40-35 victory Dec. 9.
"The shots were not going in, and that was the story of the first half for us," said Lady Wildcats head coach Lee Silvernail. "I couldn't believe we were getting the looks we did and nothing was falling."
However, after the first quarter, Schroon Lake scored all 40 of their points, including a 21-point fourth quarter that saw the team play the final 1:39 with only four players due to foul trouble.
For the Warriors, the story was more about the free shots that they missed.
"When we played Seton to start the season, we missed 16 free throws and lost by six points," said Warriors head coach Charlene Lobdell. "Tonight, we missed 19 free throws. We threw the ball away too much and we missed free throws. Our defense is good, but we just need to get our offense going and stop turning the ball over."
The Lady Wildcats were led by 21 points from Jocelyn Bowen and 13 points from Katelyn Rose. Ashley Subra scored four points and had four assists, while Gabe Harvey added two points in the win.
For the Warriors, Hannah Bruno added 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Mahoney scored eight points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss. Serene Holland scored five points, while Renee Marcotte scored 4 points, Kyli Swires three points and Renee Provost added two points.