LAKE GEORGE - When it counts this season, regardless of the obstacles, the Lake George Girls Basketball team has answered any challenge.
Monday, the Warriors, unbeaten in the Adirondack League, met up against Whitehall, also perfect in league play, in a showdown for dominance among their peers.
Lake George's task was formidable, as Whitehall has tough, tall players.
But the Warriors prevailed, beating Whitehall 51-43 primarily with a zone defense that contained the Railroaders' effort, Lake George Coach Rob Tefft said.
"Whitehall has good-sized kids and they're real tough," he said. "But our strong zone defense clogged the middle and put pressure on their guards."
Lake George players - all of them, Tefft said - collaborated for this landmark win.
Defensive and offensive threat Megan Stover was back on the court, playing her top game after recuperating from her recent sprained ankle. Tefft said he got "good minutes" from both Brittany Jones and Brittany Baker.
Sara Anderson was highly effective up front and Katie Flatley also played a good game with strong rebounding, Tefft said, adding praise for the players coming off the bench.
"We had a total team effort," he said.
Stover fought hard in the third quarter, when she scored most of her game-high 18 points. She fouled out in the next stanza, a fact that underscores how hard she fought to keep the Railroader's second-half 27-point resurgence from taking hold. Stover had seven rebounds in the matchup.
Over the game, Anderson had 12 points and seven rebounds. Flatley had 4 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Railroaders, Brittany St. Clair was the standout with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors were scheduled to play Cambridge on Wednesday, followed by Fort Edward at home on Friday. Next week features Salem on Monday and North Warren on Friday - both away games.