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Cougars show character down the stretch

North Warren 40,

Salem 35

SALEM - The North Warren Girls Basketball team demonstrated their determination under pressure as they fought off a late-game comeback by Salem and secured a victory Jan. 15.

Senior Katherine Andonucci demonstrated her inside power for the Cougars, scoring 16 points in the win which was decided in the final minute.

The Cougars' stonewall defense inside forced outside shooting by the Generals, prompting Salem standout Patricia Russo to score a trio of three-pointers in her way to 10 points.

Assisting Andonucci was Senior Kelsey Hamblin with seven points, Sophomore Kiera Warner and Junior Lindsey Meade with six each, Senior Laura Fahey with three and Sophomore Guard Chantal Millington with two.

With the win, North Warren improves to 7-4 overall, and 4-4 in the Adirondack League, crushing pre-season predictions by sports writers.

Showing the promise of future years' Varsity teams, the North Warren Junior Varsity continued its string of wins by beating Salem before their elder counterparts took to the floor.

Lake George 53,

Fort Ann 37

FORT ANN - The Lake George Warriors sank a flurry of shots in the third quarter to secure a key Adirondack League win Jan. 15 by defeating Fort Ann 53-37.

Trailing by one point at halftime, a supercharged Warrior squad responded by scoring 23 points in the third stanza, compared to the Cardinals' 10.

Junior Caroline Murphy took charge for Lake George, scoring a game-high 19 points during the contest, which was more competitive than the final tally suggests. Senior Sara Anderson contributed to the winning effort, recording six points and 11 rebounds. Junior Brittany Baker tallied nine points, Junior Kelly Flaherty 6, Sophomore Amanda Chambers five, Junior Erin Blunt four, and Junior Courtney Mastrodomenico and Sophomore Chelsea Sipowicz, two.

Breanne Moore led Fort Ann with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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