PLATTSBURGH-This was the goal the whole season.
In the Section VII/Class D girls varsity basketball championship game, Carli Reynolds and the rest of her Indian Lake/Long Lake teammates accomplished what they set out to do, scoring a 40-24 win over the two-time defending Westport Lady Eagles at the Plattsburgh State Field House March 4.
"I kind of knew it was going to be this way," Reynolds, who scored 26 points, said about facing Westport in the finals. "I know all those girls are so nice and they are such a great team. It feels great to beat them finally. They are great people and I love them all, too."
"I think John has done a tremendous job," Westport head coach Hokey McKinley said after the game. "They are great kids. It's a joy for everyone involved to see success and share in that success to some minor degree. They have worked hard and they will represent us well from here on."
Orange head coach John Reynolds said the win was not without having to get past the Westport pressure defense.
"Give them credit," Reynolds said. "They're plan was to wear us down and I have never seen my girls so tired. So it was a good plan but I was so glad they were able to keep going. Their pressure got us fatigued and made it hard to get into our sets. When we got into the sets, we were able to get what we wanted."
The game started in a 0-0 defensive struggle, with the Eagles eventually taking a 5-4 lead. However, an 11-0 run by the Orange quickly gave them an advantage they would not look back from.
McKinley said that overall, the game came down to the defense the Orange executed better.
"Little defensive lapses that we have were a big difference," McKinley said. "Their defense was very tough. Every shot that we got was very contested and we didn't finish well."