Patriots defeat Sentinels to remain unbeaten

CLINTONVILLE - AuSable Valley extended their season-long winning streak with a 52-38 win over Ticonderoga in CVAC girls basketball Jan. 13.

Coming out of the gate with an aggressive full court pressure defense, AuSable Valley prevented the Sentinels from even crossing half court for the first two minutes of play.

Ticonderoga's defense proved to be equally as troublesome for the Patriots, however, as numerous shot attempts failed to convert. After tying in the first quarter, the Patriots took a narrow 21-19 lead into halftime.

"In the third quarter, we started to play a little better pressure defense, which led to easy opportunities in transition," said Patriots head coach Roger Long. "I think that led to the girls shooting with more confidence."

That extra effort on both defense and offense allowed the Patriots to build a significant lead in the third quarter. Michelle Taylor and Zoe Saulsgiver combined for 16 points in the quarter, bolstering a 22-9 run.

Saulsgiver made two 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and eight steals. Alexis Coolidge, who leads the CVAC in scoring, added 13 and six steals. Taylor had 12 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

"When those kids play well, we play well," Long stated.

Julie Thompson and Jamie Patchett led Ticonderoga with 14 points each. Thompson led her team in rebounds, pulling down several on the offensive end. The Sentinels were a combined 0-2 from the free throw line.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 8-0 for the season.

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