Cougars trump Patriots in Section VII playoffs

PLATTSBURGH - Katrina Garrand's 18 points helped lead Northeastern Clinton Central School's girls varsity basketball team to victory over AuSable Valley during the Section VII Class B semifinals game Feb. 26, at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse.

With a score of 46-32, NCCS's win will now put them up against Saranac's team this Friday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., also at the fieldhouse.

"I think it's the hustling of my girls," said David Lambert, coach for the Cougars, of their win against the Patriots. "Katrina [Garrand] and Chelsey [Brooks] ... they did a good job."

Lambert also contributed the win to help from other plays such as Mary Elizabeth Franke, Rachelle Barcomb, and Cari Dominic.

"They got lots of rebounds for us," he said of the girls.

"I'm just proud of my girls and glad we made it this far," Lambert added.

Roger Long, coach for AuSable Valley, said he felt his entire team played hard.

"It was a team effort. I don't think anybody stood out offensively or defensively," he explained. "Everybody gave everything they had. [We just] struggled a little bit."

Alexis Coolidge scored the most points for the Patriots with 14, while Michelle Taylor knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with 7.

"Northeastern's a good team. They played well and that's the reason they were in the top four last year," Long said.

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