Lady Cougars hold off Chiefs to capture Class B title

PLATTSBURGH-The Saranac Chiefs got the two shots they wanted.

Trailing 41-39 in the final seconds of the Section VII/Class B championship game against the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars, Megan Bowman and Stephanie Linder each got good looks at the basket, but neither fell.

Then, the ball found the hands of the Cougars' Rachelle Barcomb, who sprinted down the sideline and away from any potential foul.

"I took that ball and I was going and I wasn't stopping until I got to the end and that buzzer went off," Barcomb said about the final seconds before she and her teammates were able to celebrate the sectional title.

Barcomb finished with eight points in the game, which was part of a personal goal she had after the last time the Cougs and Chiefs met.

"I was nervous because I was shut out by this team before," she said. "I knew that we could do it and we showed that we could beat anyone."

Chelsey Brooks led the Cougars with 15 points, scoring early as team leading scorer Katrina Garrand looked to find her shot.

"We try to work it around to get the open shot," Brooks said about the offense. "We want to get the best shot."

"The four seniors I have on the team all compliment each other tremendously," coach Dave Lambert said after the game.

Garrand, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, said they were looking to reverse the 2009-10 script, which had the Cougars winning the two regular season games but losing to the Chiefs in the finals.

"During the season, we lost to them twice, so it was a little nerve-wracking," Garrand said. "We always play good against Saranac and we were confident."

Garrand started to heat up in the third quarter, hitting a pair of step-back three-pointers.

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