PLATTSBURGH-While it was not the best offensive night in the history of Lake Placid varsity girls basketball, it was the best night in the history of Lady Blue Bombers ball.
For the first time in the 15-year history of the Lake Placid girls basketball program, the Bombers hoisted the trophy as Section VII/Class C champions after a 39-19 win over Seton Catholic March 4.
"This team will go down in Lake Placid history," senior Megan Riley, who scored 12 points to lead her team to the win, said. "We consider ourselves a family and work hard for each other."
While Riley led the team in scoring, it was Mackenzie Kemmerer who kept the pace for the Bombers in the first half, including a three pointer off a long rebound.
"It was tough, but I jumped up and grabbed it out of the air," Kemmerer said, who finished with nine points. "We have actually been to at least seven sectional finals in my varsity sports career and it is great to finally win won. We work well as a team and we are playing well, so I think we can make it far."
"A lot of hard work paid off," Riley said after the game. "It's hard when you have so many turnovers, but we knew that we were going to do what we had to do and come out with the win."
"We knew if we kept the pressure on them and didn't let them shoot three's, we had a good opportunity to win the game," Bombers head coach Frank Johns said after the game. "We got some close shots that we scored on and a couple of breaks. I thought our inside defense was very good."
Ayla Thompson added six points for the Bombers, while Catalina Daby, Danielle Balestrini and Stephanie Murphy each scored four points.
Johns said it was a team effort in the title game with Riley leading the way.
"Megan controls the game whatever she does, and the rest of the girls stepped it up," Johns said. "Any of them can take over the game if Megan gets doubled or tripled. They all can do it."
Ashlee Fairchild and Kelsey Doorey scored four points each for the Lady Knights, while Megan Tedford and Stephanie Egan scored three points, Kerry Cannon and Cara Chapman scored two points and Lyndale Nephew scored one point.