Taylor Saltus of AuSable Valley stretches for a pass against Saranac Lake defender Jenny Ward.
A balanced attack led the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots to the Section VII/Class B girls basketball semifinals with a 70-33 victory over Saranac Lake Feb. 18.
“I thought there were spots where our offense struggled, but overall it was a good night for us,” Patriots head coach Roger Long said after the game. “It was a good team effort.”
Taylor Saltus (11.1 ppg) and Logan Snow (10.0 ppg) scored 15 points each for the Patriots, who scored their 14th win of the season (14-4). Meghan Strong (12.7) scored 10 points and provided strong play from the point guard position.
Late in the first half, the Patriots went on a run with Strong scoring the first two points and then assisting on the next four in transition for easy baskets.
Jeanna Manning added 7 points for the Patriots, while Madison Rondeau and Vanessa Garrow each scored 6, Sydney Snow added 5, Emily McDonald 2, Kourtney Keenan 2 and Madison McCabe 2.
The Patriots will next face Saranac in the Class B semifinals Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Plattsburgh High School gym.
“They were two very close games and we were very fortunate to come out of them 2-0,” Long said. “We know this is going to be a tough, competitive game.”
For the Lady Red Storm (4-14), Katie Buckley connected on four three-pointers as she scored 21 of her teams’ 33 points. Talia McDonough added 4 points, with Shanna Buckley and Jenny Ward scoring 3 points and Selena Baillargeon.