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Riley closes in on 1,000 as Blue Bombers beat Red Storm

SARANAC LAKE - In a season that has seen her set records and help lead the Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers toward the top of the CVAC standings, Megan Riley put on another strong showing Jan. 19.

Against the Lady Red Storm of Saranac Lake, Riley recorded an impressive triple-double, scoring 29 points to go with 14 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in a 42-27 victory.

"They played a tough game," Bombers coach Frank Johns said about the game. "There were times that we were unorganized, but we pulled it together in the second half."

The Bombers used their height to their advantage, pulling down 41 rebounds - 18 offensively - while holding the Red Storm to just five offensive boards.

Lake Placid also used their height to throw off the timing of the Red Storm offense.

"My kids said that the beginning of the game that they were concerned about Lake Placid's post defense," Red Storm head coach Trish Wickwire said after the game. "You could see that the forwards played with that in mind during the first half, but they adjusted and I was proud of the way they played the rest of the game."

Ayla Thompson added 15 rebounds to go with three points and five steals for the Bombers, while Dani Balestrini scored six points and five rebounds and Catalina Daby scored four points to go with four rebounds. Riley led the team with three assists.

For the Red Storm, Jazzmyn Tuthill scored nine points to go with eight rebounds, while the duo of Shauna Manning and Megan Kilroy scored seven points apiece, with Manning grabbing seven rebounds and three blocked shots and Kilroy adding five rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Kirstin Lagree added two points and four rebounds.

At press time, Riley stood 44 points away from being the first Lake Placid girls basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark. Riley has already set the school record for points scored and three pointers made with over 100.

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