QUEENSBURY - The Lake George Girls Basketball team was edged out in an epic battle Feb. 17 against Whitehall for the Adirondack League Championship.
The undefeated Railroaders forced Lake George into an uncharacteristic position as runners-up in the league. For six straight years, the Lake George girls have claimed the crown as their own.
The Warriors 43-47 loss wasn't due to a lack of talent, however, as the Warrior squad had plenty. Whitehall, however, fought as they have all year, with steely defense and a precise, effective offense that has established a 18-0 undefeated regular season.
The Railroaders secured their victory in the game's final minutes by shoring up their defense, which had been effectively challenged for more than two quarters by the Warriors, following the Railroader's early scoring burst that launched the game.
After trailing by a substantial 6-15 margin at the end of the first quarter, Lake George closed the scoring gap to a mere three points in the fourth quarter. But in the final minutes of the game, the Railroaders concentrated on grabbing the rebounds and keeping control of the ball, leading to the win.
Brittany St. Clair of Whitehall led all players with 21 points and 19 rebounds.
For the Lake George Warriors, Brittany Baker was tops with 12 points, followed by Kelly Flaherty with 11, Caroline Murphy with nine, and Sara Anderson contributing seven and Chelsea Sipowicz with four.