The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, Section VII/Class C champions.
The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots used a 17-4 second quarter against the Northern Adirondack Bobcats to earn their first Section VII trophy since 1991/92, this one in Class C March 1.
"This has been our goal since day one and this is what we have been working for," sophomore guard Meghan Strong said. "NAC played a really good game, but overall we played well enough to deserve this. We knew that we would have to work hard and that it was not going to be easy."
Strong finished with 16 points to go with three rebounds, two assists and four steals. Taylor Saltus added 15 points along with three rebounds, six assists and four steals.
"We were all excited and screaming at the end," Saltus said. "It is just an awesome feeling."
Logan Snow combined 13 points with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
"It is pretty awesome to win this and know that we get to play again this season," she said. "We know that we have to work hard and prepare for who we will face next."
Madison Rondeau scored six points to go with four rebounds and three steals, while Haley Taylor had four points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.
"We have been working hard since day one to get this title," Taylor said.
Sierra Snow combined two points with seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.
"We knew that we had to crash the glass and play hard on defense," she said. "I'm excited to win this title."
Bryce Douglass added two points, three rebounds and three steals. Madison McCabe contributed with two steals, two blocks, one rebound and one assist.
"The kids were ready for this no question," head coach Roger Long said. "They had two tight games against NAC this season and they wanted to prove what they could do. They felt they could play better than they did before."
Many of the members of the basketball team were also members of the sectional champion soccer team.
"It's huge to have won both," Long said. "I am really excited and happy for the kids and they deserve this. They have all been together since fourth grade in all three sports and they all get along."
The Patriots will next play the winner of the Section X/II regional semifinal Saturday, March 9, at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse with a noon tip time.
"I think that we have a huge advantage because the game is going to be here," Long said. "We have played here three times already, so we have the confidence in this gym."