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Warrior girls working hard to continue team's winning tradition

LAKE GEORGE - The cluster of trophies on display and the banners in the gym tell the story.

Year after year, the Lake George High School Girls Basketball players begin the season shouldering the burden of living up to their predecessors. Players joining the Varsity team wonder whether they can achieve the success of those who've gone before.

But by mid-season, after long practices, plenty of coaching and grueling conditioning, it just happens.

Most all doubts are erased.

The players make their own history, and tally their own accomplishments.

This year, the team is in its traditional quandary, considering the 2008-09 team was undefeated in the Adirondack League, and won the league championship for its sixth year straight.

In that campaign, the team racked up an 18-3 record overall, including several matchups against far larger schools.

The stellar squad included Katie Flatley, Brittany Jones and Meagan Stover, who is now playing at Oswego State.

Sunday, Coach Rob Tefft was characteristically cautious about his team's prospects, while he praised their attributes.

"We lost some experienced players, but we're hoping to reload with some talented Juniors," he said.

Core to this year's campaign will be returning standout Sara Anderson, who contributed in last year's offense momentum. She's backed up by no less than nine Juniors, some of them who worked side-by-side last year with the championship players.

Among the returners that Tefft has high expectations for are Brittany Baker, Caroline Murphy and Kelly Flaherty, who had experience last year as they saw some action off the bench.

"They all had quality minutes, and I'm looking for them top work their way into our starting rotation," he said.

Tefft said he's counting on Anderson, a six-foot center, to have a big year, aggressively rebounding and sinking the baskets. Brittany Baker needs to work the outside on offense, and Caroline Murphy needs to grab the rebounds, play tough defense and make her share of baskets, too, he said as he had the players run the length of the court until a few of the players were doubled over in distress.

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