PLATTSBURGH-The Saranac Chiefs got the two shots they wanted.
Trailing 41-39 in the final seconds of the Section VII/Class B championship game against the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars, Megan Bowman and Stephanie Linder each got good looks at the basket, but neither fell.
Then, the ball found the hands of the Cougars' Rachelle Barcomb, who sprinted down the sideline and away from any potential foul.
"I took that ball and I was going and I wasn't stopping until I got to the end and that buzzer went off," Barcomb said about the final seconds before she and her teammates were able to celebrate the sectional title.
Barcomb finished with eight points in the game, which was part of a personal goal she had after the last time the Cougs and Chiefs met.
"I was nervous because I was shut out by this team before," she said. "I knew that we could do it and we showed that we could beat anyone."
Chelsey Brooks led the Cougars with 15 points, scoring early as team leading scorer Katrina Garrand looked to find her shot.
"We try to work it around to get the open shot," Brooks said about the offense. "We want to get the best shot."
"The four seniors I have on the team all compliment each other tremendously," coach Dave Lambert said after the game.
Garrand, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, said they were looking to reverse the 2009-10 script, which had the Cougars winning the two regular season games but losing to the Chiefs in the finals.
"During the season, we lost to them twice, so it was a little nerve-wracking," Garrand said. "We always play good against Saranac and we were confident."
Garrand started to heat up in the third quarter, hitting a pair of step-back three-pointers.
"I was hoping there was more to come after this," Garrand said about the first three. " I was hoping for the best."
Kari Dominic and Kayla Dragoon added two points apiece for the Cougars, who relied on strong defense to keep Saranac scoring threat Bowman at 15 points.
"I know that we played good defense and we tried to limit Megan to as few points as we could," Lambert said. "You can't hold her down but we did the best that we could."
Linder added seven points for the Chiefs, while Becka Horton and Alisha Ducatte added five points, Katie Gates scored four points and Morgan Maye scored three points.
After the game, Lambert said that the team would take a day to soak it all in before getting back into the gym for some conditioning.
"I'll give them the day off tomorrow, then get back to our regular routine and keep them in shape," he said. "Our whole thing is to run and the faster we can go the better that is."
Lady Patriots fall
The shots were there, they just wouldn't fall.
That was the problem facing Alexis Coolidge and her teammates as the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots dropped a 56-40 loss in the Section VII/Class B finals to the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars.
"We were very tentative offensively," coach Roger Long said after the game. "We got shots, but we really didn't execute our sets. We Didn't make the right reads, and that would turn into turnovers. When we made the right decision and had the opportunity, we didn't finish."
Coolidge, who finished the game with 11 points, was unable to connect on a field goal until the 6:50 mark of the third period. While she was able to hit several shots after that, it was a case of too late for the team.
After the game, Long commended his senior captain for doing everything he asked of her throughout the season.
"She really turned the corner in becoming a leader this year," Long said. "They all had a great year, and every team will finish with a loss except for the state champion. They poured it all out on the court."
Alexis Facteau added nine points for the Patriots. Savannah Douglas, known more for her defensive prowess, finished her varsity career by scoring eight points, while Taylor scored five points, eighth-grade point guard Meghan Strong scored four points and Hart scored three points.