Meg Smith of Indian Lake/Long Lake goes up for a shot against Westport defenders Allison Sherman and Karin Dorsey.
For the second straight year, the Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange ousted perennial power Westport from the Section VII/Class D tournament, moving them one step closer to defending their title.
The Orange scored a 47-42 win over the Eagles in the semifinal round at AuSable Valley Middle/High School Tuesday, Feb. 28, a year after beating them in the Class D finals.
“We just want to make last year’s seniors proud of us,” Jessica Bain said after the game. “We saw how much pride people took in this team last year, and we want to make them feel that pride again.”
“This is a great feeling,” head coach John Reynolds said after the game. “Westport is such a quality program with such quality people. This is a thrill for us.”
Tied at 17-17 after the first half of play, the Orange used a 16-9 third quarter to jump out to a 33-26 lead. The Orange went 6-for-12 from the free throw line in the final minutes of the game to hold on to the lead.
Meg Smith led the Orange with 19 points and seven rebounds, scoring many points off the screen-and-roll.
“I was challenged to make more shots in this game,” Smith said. “I think that we got more confidence in the screen-roll play the more it was working. I think that we all played with a lot of heart and played the best game that we have all season.”
“We got her the ball in good places,” Reynolds said. “She came up big in the second half not only scoring, but also grabbing a lot of key rebounds.”
“I thought that they ran a great pick-and-roll play and we could not get into the lanes to stop it,” Westport coach Hokey McKinley said. “Meg would get the ball off the screen and have a guard on her. They hit some foul shots at the end to beat us.”
“We played a phenomenal game,” Bain said. “We were composed, we were relaxed and we pulled through.”
Bain finished with 10 points, along with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Shannon Farrell added eight points along with five rebounds and five assists, while Abigail Darling scored five points to go with two rebounds and a pair of assists. Sydney Hinckley scored four points while collecting four rebounds and three steals, while Morgan Hinckley scored two points and pulled down four rebounds.
The win avenged a regular season meeting between the two teams, where the Eagles scored a 17-point win against the Orange.
For Westport, Willa McKinley scored 15 points while collecting four rebounds and four steals. Brendee Russell scored 10 points along with four assists and four steals, while Allison Sherman scored nine points while collecting seven rebounds and three assists.
Karlee McGee scored four points, while Mallory Sudduth and Karin Dorsey each scored two.
The Orange will take on the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions, who jumped out to a 17-0 lead en route to a 72-28 victory over the Willsboro Lady Warriors.
“We had weathered a pair of close games against the Warriors, so that was big for us to jump out the way we did,” Lions head coach Don Ratliff said. “We watched the Indian Lake/Long Lake game and learned some stuff, and we do have a plan that we will be working on.”
Lily Whalen paced the Lions with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kearsten Ashline connected on six three pointers to score 18 points, while Shonna Brooks added 15 points with seven rebounds and three assists. Savannah Graves scored five points to go with eight rebounds, with Jennifer McGinn adding four points and three rebounds and Angel Barnes scoring two points and grabbing eight rebounds. Kylee Cassavaugh had four points to go with four assists and six steals, while Clare Harwood pulled down six rebounds and Jasmine Barnes added three rebounds and two assists.
For the Warriors, Renee Marcotte recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Serene Holland scored seven to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Kyli Swires, Kanesa Kohen and Stephanie Blanchard each scored two points, while Andrea O’Hara scored one.
The Orange and Lions will meet for the Section VII/Class D title Friday, March 2 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, with tip scheduled for 4 p.m.
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