The Indian Lake-Long Lake Lady Orange players pose for a team picture March 10, 2012 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse before a post-season game against Argyle. The Lady Orange lost 47-21.
After winning the Section VII championship, the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange fell to the Argyle Scots 47-21 on Saturday, March 10 in Class D girls regional basketball play.
The Orange finished the year with an 18-3 record.
The Scots, the Section II champion, used a full-court press to suffocate the Orange offense and jump out to a 17-2 advantage midway through the second quarter. From that point forward the Orange found some success breaking the press, but the squad was never able to threaten Argyle’s lead.
Jax Miller paced the Scots with 16 points, including three 3s, while Ashley Ellis added 10 and Shelby Graham notched nine.
Shannon Farrell, Morgan Hinckley, Abby Darling and Ronya Hamdan scored four apiece for the Orange, Jessica Bain tallied three and Meg Smith scored two.
Argyle coach Terry Chamberlain said that he devised his team's game plan to take away the Orange’s inside game.
“I knew that they were tall,” Chamberlain said. “We were hoping to be able to pressure them and use our quickness and that came true. We wanted to pressure their guards. If we didn’t make a steal or force a turnover, many times there wasn’t enough time left on the clock for them to get a good look at the basket.”
“We don’t play anybody like this,” Orange coach John Reynolds said after the game, tipping his hat to Argyle. “That’s a great team. We knew we were going to have trouble scoring today. Their athleticism — they wear you down. I thought we defended pretty well, except they were so much stronger physically — they just out-rebounded us by moving us.”
The Orange claimed the Section VII title despite the absence of a single senior on the team’s roster. Reynolds said he’s thrilled with his squad’s season and is already looking ahead.
“This has been fantastic. Our communities — Indian Lake, Long Lake and Blue Mountain Lake — are so proud of these kids,” he said. “I thought we’d be competitive (this season). Honestly, playing until March 10, I didn’t think that would happen, and what’s neat about this whole thing is that we got to play until March 10 and this is where we’ll start from next year — with a great bunch of players that work hard."
"We’ll take a couple of weeks off and then get back to work. Quality teams are playing in the off-season, so that’s what we have to do,” Reynolds said.