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Lake George digs deep for dramatic victory

Lake George 64,

Rensselaer 57

LAKE GEORGE - The Lake George Girls Basketball squad showed their traditional determination and teamwork Feb. 27 as they defeated the tough and athletic Rensselaer team 64-57 in a critical Section II quarterfinal victory.

Lake George had their hands full, as they were forced to defend a large swath of the court - Rensselaer, with a balanced offense, shoots well from virtually anywhere.

This talent was demonstrated by their six three-pointers.

But regardless of the Railroaders' widespread attack, the Warriors were hot on offense and managed to keep the upper hand. Under pressure late in the game as Rensselaer fought back from a deficit to tie the score at 54, the Warriors dug deep and pulled ahead for good, Lake George Athletic Director Cathy Stanilka said.

"It was a great game, reflecting total team effort," she said. "We're extremely proud of both of our basketball teams - they represent our school well."

The Warriors' balanced offensive power and teamwork was demonstrated by the fact that four players tallied double figures. Junior Kelly Flaherty led with 17 points, followed by classmate Caroline Murphy with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Senior Sara Anderson with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Chelsea Sipowicz scored 11 points. Junior Brittany Baker tallied six points and Sophomore Amanda Chambers added two.

Flaherty hit three three-pointers, and Baker and Sipowicz scored one apiece.

The Rams were led by Venus Vasquez with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

With the win, Lake George advanced to play Berne-Knox Wednesday at Scotia.

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