SCHROON LAKE - The Willsboro boys varsity basketball team came out hot against Schroon Lake Jan. 5, holding a 17-11 lead midway through the second quarter.
Then, the wheels came off.
The Wildcats scored 37 of the next 45 points, as Schroon Lake scored a 60-46 win.
"We let up on our defensive intensity," coach Jim Spring said. "I think we got a little confident and relaxed. Then, when the shots were not falling, we started to panic and rushed things."
The Wildcats finished the second quarter on a 13-2 run and then jumped out on a 16-2 run to start the third.
"I think that the kids were anxious coming into the first game in the new gym and going up against a good team in Willsboro," coach Dana Shaughnessy said. "Willsboro got out to a lead, but we got our composure back and started to play like ourselves."
The Warriors outscored the Wildcats 21-12 in the final quarter, but they were 5-for-16 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes.
"It wasn't just the free throws, though," Spring said about the poor shooting performance. "We missed lay-ups, too. This is the third game in a row that we have had a bad shooting night."
Ian Williams led a balanced attack with 16 points, while Jesse Shaughnessy scored 14 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals, Anthony Vanderwalker scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds and Uriah Harvey scored seven points.
Alex Hamel paced the Warriors with 19 points and seven rebounds, with Clay Sherman adding 10 points and three blocked shots. Brandon Bertrand pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.
Chazy 43, ELCS 32
Trailing at halftime, the Eagles used a 29-16 second half to score a victory over the Lions Jan. 4.
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Ricky Osier led the Eagles with 16 points in the game, while Brandon Laurin scored 15 points and Nathan Reynolds and Kaleb Snide each scored five points.
Charlie Huttig led the Lions with 11 points, Zack Pelletier added 10 points and Hunter Mowery scored seven points.
Saranac Lake 47
The Red Storm jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but were unable to hold off the Eagles Jan. 5.
Beekmantown outscored Saranac Lake 20-10 in the second period and 30-17 in the second half to earn the win.
Keegan Ryan led all scorers with 23 points in the game, while brother Tom Ryan added 20 points.
Forest Morgan paced the Red Storm offense with 13 points, while CJ Stewart added 12 points and Austin McDonough added nine points.
AVCS 51, Peru 39
The Patriots used a 16-7 opening quarter in a relatively even game to provide the difference they needed against the Indians Jan. 7.
Brody Douglass led the Patriots with 24 points in the win, while Jordan Coolidge scored 16 points and Nick Rhino scored five points.
Kyle Carter scored 11 points for the Indians, with Joe Mazella scoring seven points.
ELCS 41, Westport 32
The Lions were able to outscore the Eagles 15-5 in the second quarter en route to a victory Jan. 7.
Andy Mitchell led the Lions with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win, with Hunter Mowery scoring 10 points, Zach Pelletier added six points, Charlie huttig scored five points and Nate LaRock scored four points.
For the Eagles, David Quaglietta scored 13 points, while Liam Davis scored 12 points, Alex Frum scored five points and Will Adams added two points.
Saranac Lake 55, Seton 38
The Red Storm fell behind early, but then used a 28-15 second half to earn the victory against the Knights Jan. 8.
C.J. Stewart led the Red Storm with 12 points in the game, while Forest Morgan and Zach Buckley scored nine points each, Rob Bayruns and Benioko Harris each scored seven points and Ben Monty scored six points.
Carson Hynes led all scorers with 20 points for the Knights.
Massena 61, Peru 42
The Indians could not rebound from a 23-5 second quarter run in falling to Massena Jan. 8.
Mike Holdridge led the Indians with 13 points in the game, while Kyle Carter scored nine points.
PHS 48, Willsboro 29
The Hornets jumped ahead of the Warriors and pushed out the lead with a 22-7 fourth quarter to earn the win Jan. 8.
Justin Curtis scored 15 points in the victory, with Andrew Favro adding eight points.
Clay Sherman scored eight points for the Warriors, while Alex Hamel and Clayton Cross each scored four points.
Willsboro 56, Bolton 41
The Warriors used a 23-8 first quarter to cruise to a victory over the Eagles Jan. 10.
Alex Hamel led all scorers with 30 points in the game, while Clay Sherman scored 11 points, Brandon Bertrand scored seven points, Clayton Cross scored six points and Dakota Sayward scored two points.