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Lady Lions, Orange set for D title game

Game March 2, 4 p.m.

Shonna Brooks and the top-ranked Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions will play against third seed Indian Lake/Long Lake for the Section VII/Class D girls basketball title March 2, at 4 p.m.

Shonna Brooks and the top-ranked Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions will play against third seed Indian Lake/Long Lake for the Section VII/Class D girls basketball title March 2, at 4 p.m. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Meg Smith of Indian Lake/Long Lake goes up for a shot against Westport defenders Allison Sherman and Karin Dorsey.

— The Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange are making their second trip to the Section VII/Class D girls basketball finals in as many years.

The defending champs, seeded third this year, defeated 2011 finalist Westport Feb. 28 in the semifinal round, and wil now face top seed Elizabethtown-Lewis Friday, March 2, with a tip time of 4 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse.

The Lady Lions, who enter the championship game with a 18-2 season, are looking to avenge one of their blemishes on the schedule, a 41-21 defeat at the hands of the Orange during the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference regular season, the same thing that the Orange did in the semifinal round when they beat the Eagles.

“We just want to make last year’s seniors proud of us,” Orange player Jessica Bain said. “We saw how much pride people took in this team last year, and we want to make them feel that pride again.”

Class D match-up

(3) Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange 17-2

John Reynolds, coach

Projected starters:

3 - Shannon Farrell

12 - Morgan Hinckley

15 - Jessica Bain

24 - Sydney Hinckley

34 - Meg Smith

Bench:

10 - Emily Waters

11 - Morgan King

20 - Chelsea Walters

22 - Ranya Hamden

23 - Shaneka Burch

30 - Abigail Darling

33 - Kaylyn Bennett

35 - Prudence Dechene

(1) Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions (18-2)

Don Ratliff, coach

Richard Cutting, assistant

Projected starters:

11 - Clare Harwood

12 - Kylee Cassavaugh

21 - Lily Whalen

23 - Shonna Brooks

32 - Kearsten Ashline

Bench:

5 - Emily Morris

10 - Jasmine Barnes

20 - Jennifer McGinn

25 - Savannah Graves

52 - Angel Barnes

“I am so proud of these kids because a lot of them did not get a ton of playing time last year, but we had very competitive practices and they all stepped up,” Orange head coach John Reynolds said. “During sectionals, the juniors have turned into seniors and the sophomores have become juniors.”

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