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Wildcats defend '07 title

PLATTSBURGH Pressure defense keyed Schroon Lake as it downed Westport, 40-16, in the Section VII Class D girls basketball tournament championship game Feb. 29 at SUNY-Plattsburgh. It is the second straight section title for the Wildcats and give them a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. These girls worked real hard, Schroon Coach Carm Decker said. You could see they had a focus the whole season. They knew what they wanted to do and things fell right for them. The 2007-08 Wildcats won their first-ever Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference crown and became the first Schroon girls team to win back-to-back section titles. A lot of really nice things happened for these kids, Decker said. Im very happy for them. Schroon and Westport played a tight first half until Decker decided to change his defense. The Wildcats went from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone. The result was immediate. A series of Westport turnovers led to an 18-0 Schroon Lake run to end the first half. A the teams headed to the locker room, Schroon was on top, 28-8, and the game was over. It was a zone, but we were able to keep pressure on the ball, Decker said of his defense. Westport turned it over a lot and we were able to take advantage. Schroon opened the second half with five straight points and the rout was on. Ashley Whitty scored 15 points for the Wildcats, all in the first half as Schroon Lake substituted liberally in the second half. Moriah Williams added 11 points for the champions. Its great to win, Decker said, but the best part of the season has been the interaction of the Schroon Lake team with the rest of the league. Theres no animosity in our league, Decker said. The girls on all the teams play hard, but all respect each other. You dont see that a lot today. Wildcats fall Schroon Lake was eliminated in the opening round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D girls tournament by Section II champion Argyle, 55-34, at Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls March 5. The Wildcats stayed close for half, trailing 19-16 after a quarter and 26-19 at intermission. Argyle opened the second half with a 14-6 run, though, to break open the contest. Ashley Whitty scored 14 points and Jessica Mehm nine for Schroon, which shot only 23 percent from the floor. The Wildcats were also out-rebounded, 44-34 and had 26 turnovers. The season ends for Schroon Lake with a 16-5 overall record along with Mountain and Valley Athletic Conderence and Section VII Class D championships.

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