Girls Varsity Basketball

Warrensburg 51Fort Edward 33SALEM - Warrensburg Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Scott Smith, mentoring a team that's struggling this season, decided this week to shake up his lineup.Not change for change's sake, but to put the opponent off balance.Smith put four guards onto the floor in a starting lineup against Salem.The result of this quad-squad attack was a record setting victory, as the team defeated the Generals 51-33.In the process, Burgher Point Guard Jaci O'Brien was freed up to shoot rather than routinely driving the ball down the hardwood.The result was stellar for the Burghers, as O'Brien tallied a career-high 23 points, Smith said Monday."With four good ball-handlers on the court, the guard duties weren't entirely on Jaci's shoulders," he said. "Finally she drove to the basket a lot, playing the way she's capable of."Particularly satisfying was how the Burghers turned back a Salem comeback in the fourth quarter, enlarging a slim five-point lead into a final 18-point gap."We were able to break it back open," Smith said. "We put pressure on Salem, forcing turnovers which led to some layups," he said. "Also, we took some trips to the foul line, which were important for us."Backing up O'Brien was fellow Sophomore Guard Isabella Szabo, who grabbed six rebounds for the second game in a row. Contributing to the effort was Casey Duell and Brittany DeCrescente, an eighth-grader elevated from Junior Varsity just before Christmas. She recorded nine points and 10 steals.Whitehall 49Lake George 27WHITEHALL - The standout Railroader athlete Brittany St. Clair scored 19 points and commanded an equal number of rebounds to power Whitehall to a 49-27 league victory Jan. 8 over Lake George.Brittany Baker led Lake George with nine points. With the frustrating loss, the talented Lake George squad retreated to 4-2 in the Adirondack League.North Warren 41Fort Edward 38FORT EDWARD - Faced with a 12-22 first-half deficit, North Warren girls proved their true grit, as they took charge and outscored Fort Edward 29-16 in the second half to secure the victory over the Forts Jan. 8.The Forts fought back in the closing minutes with an offensive surge that included two three-pointers to cut the North Warren lead to one, but the Cougars hit a shot with just several seconds left to close out the game. Lindsey Meade led the Cougars with nine points and teammates Kelsey Hamblin, Katherine Andonucci and Kiera Warner each had eight in the balanced effort, North Warren Athletic Director Jason Humiston said."Our girls are much more dedicated than in the past, and our coaching staff of P.J. Hogan and Larry Warner are doing a great job building an outstanding program," he said, noting they've recruited the girls to play club ball off-season."The players are now executing on the floor and making good decisions," he said. "Their basketball IQ is higher now, and this is not only a tribute to them, but their parents, considering how much traveling is involved."The North Warren girls' team improves to 4-5 overall with the win, their best in years. Bolton 40,Wells 29BOLTON LANDING - Bolton teammates Danielle St. Amour and Dominique Jean Servelli combined unrelenting offense and tenacious defense in defeating Wells, 40-29 in a Mountain and Valley basketball matchup Jan 6.St. Amour scored a game-high 19 points with 17 rebounds and Servelli contributed 13 points with 12 rebounds.

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