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Orange boys, girls start season strong

The first week of league play is under way in basketball and the leaders are asserting themselves early. Indian Lake/Long Lake will be tough contenders for division and league titles on both the girls and boys side. Johnsburg, however, will offer up a challenge for the Orange boys. Holiday tournaments will begin next week and will test local teams outside their league. Boys BasketballIndian Lake-Long Lake 55 Wells 13INDIAN LAKE - The Orange powered past Wells with at home on Dec. 1. Kris Bain put up 23 points to bring the Orange record to 2-0 in the league.Bain also pulled down 12 rebounds and tallied four blocks for. Zack Mitchell added 18 points and point guard Jordan Wallace handed out eight assists for the winners. Indian Lake/Long Lake held Wells to eight points in the first half and then made a 21-3 run after the half in the third quarter. Shane Raymond scored six points for Wells.Johnsburg 64Minerva-Newcomb 22JOHNSBURG - Ben Richards and Adrian Veldman each scored 19 points apiece at home to push Johnsburg past the Mountaineers on Dec. 1.Veldman had three 3-pointers.Johnsburg kept the Mountaineer's scoring in the single digits each quarter. Minerva\Newcomb improved their scoring in the second half, but could not catch the Jaguars. Taylor Ordway finished with 13 points for the Jaguars.Jesse Montanye returned to the floor after an injury kept him bench for the first week of play. He led with eight points and Tatsuki Miyozato finished with six. Wells 46Minerva-Newcomb 35WELLS - Minerva\Newcomb gave Wells its first win in over a year on Dec. 3. The Indians went 0-18 last season and were desperately hoping to break the curse this year.Shane Raymond led Wells to the win with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Josh Fish with ended with 15 points and eight rebounds.Wells kept the Mountaineers scoreless in the first quarter, but Minerva\Newcomb made them work for it in the second half. Tatsuki Miyozato and Dylan Saville both tallied 12 points apiece for the Mountaineers. Montanye had seven. Johnsburg 59 Wells 20JOHNSBURG - On the heels of a big win for Wells, Johnsburg handed them a loss on Dec. 4 in the Jaguar tournament. Every Johnsburg player scored, with Taylor Ordway posting 12 points. Adrian Veldman and Ben Richards each had 10 to lead the Jaguars to victory.Shane Raymond sunk 12 points, including one 3-pointer, for Wells.Schroon Lake 52 Johnsburg 39JOHNSBURG - Johnsburg took runner-up in its home tournament as they fell to tournament champions Schroon Lake on Dec. 5. Tournament MVP Brennan Bush had 15 points, while all-tournament team selection Jesse Shaughnessy added 12 as to the Wildcats' victory. Johnsburg fell behind 17-6 in the first quarter and couldn't pick it up. The were led by Adrian Veldman with 19 point and Ben Richards with 15 points. Both Veldman and Richards were named to the all-tournament team.Wells' Shane Raymond and Keene's Cody Whitney also made the all-tournament team.Girls BasketballWarrensburg 39 Johnsburg 26WARRENSBURG - Warrensburg topped Johnsburg on Dec. 1 to earn it first win of the season. Kaitlyn May scored a career high 16 points and tallied 11 rebounds for Warrensburg and Tessa Akuna added eight rebounds and four points. Kate Tadeo and Holly Gheen each had six points.Kelsey Williford and Keri Cleveland both hit double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively. Johnsburg ended the first quarter ahead by one point, but let it slip in the following three quarters. Indian Lake-Long Lake 42 Wells 27WELLS - Murphy Farrell scored 16 points to help the orange top Wells on Dec. 2. Seven of Farrell's points were scored in the fourth quarter, to which Indian Lake/Long Lake entered only up by two points. The Orange are now 2-0 in the league. Farrell also managed seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Teammate Carli Reynolds added 15 points, three assists and two 3-pointers. Allison Pine contributed eight rebounds to the victory.For Wells, Lizzie Perkins put up 15 points, including one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds and three assists. Amanda Vrooman had 14 rebounds and four points.Johnsburg 28Minerva-Newcomb 25NEWCOMB - The Jaguars jumped to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter of their match-up against the Mountaineers on Dec. 2. Minerva\Newcomb challenged them in the second and fourth quarters, but couldn't pull off a victory.In the league opening game for Johnsburg, Kelsey Williford led the Jaguars with nine points including one 3-pointer. Mikayla Glode and Keri Cleveland each pulled down 10 rebounds.Rebecca Bolan's seven points led the Mountaineers. Deidra Palmatier had five points. Renna Yandon tallied a game-high 15 rebounds, while Larissa Roy had eight rebounds.Indian Lake-Long Lake 44Johnsburg 24INDIAN LAKE - In a league game on Dec. 4, Allison Pine put up 17 points to lift the orange over Johnsburg. Pine also tallied 12 rebounds and three assists to lead the Orange. Carli Reynolds added 10 rebounds, nine points, three assists and three steals.Kelsey Williford scored nine points for the Jaguars. Brooke Guy and Mikayla Glode each put up six points a piece for Johnsburg.

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