LAKE GEORGE - The qualities that propelled the Lake George Girls Basketball team to success throughout this season - teamwork, relentless defense and aggressive, smart play - were in full force Friday night as the team won the Adirondack League Championship title.
This league championship was Lake George's sixth in a row.
In this 33-24 victory over Whitehall at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Warriors stayed undefeated in the league at 13-0, and atop a lineup of teams regionally with their 18-2 record.
To accomplish the gritty, hard-fought victory, Lake George charged out to an early 10-2 lead and used tough defense to keep ahead of the Railroaders.
The two teams, known for their physical matchups, made each other earn each basket.
Evidence of the intensity of the contest includes the fact that two of Lake George's top players - Meagan Stover and Sara Anderson - faced foul trouble in the second period, during which the Railroaders cut the Lake George lead to three points.
Warrior Coach Rob Tefft said that the hot hands of several of his players - Katie Flaherty, Sara Anderson and Brittany Jones - created the early momentum that set the stage for the big win.
"We got some easy looks early," he said.
When Stover returned to the floor in the third quarter, she dominated offensively, scoring 11 of 13 of her points in the second half, Tefft said.
But defense was key to the win, Tefft said. Using a zone defense, the team held Whitehall standout Brittany St. Clair to two baskets for the game - a season low - by repeatedly trapping her, and getting into the Railroaders passing lanes, Tefft said.
The game had about 20 turnovers for each team, a testament to the defensive intensity.
Tefft said everyone contributed to the big win.