Plattsburgh The Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange have defended their Section VII/Class D girls title with a 38-30 win over the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions March 2.
The Orange overcame a 20-10 halftime deficit with a 28-10 second half.
“We got out of sync offensively and never got it back,” Lions head coach Don Ratliff said. “We made a couple of key turnovers in the second half, and they made their foul shots at the end of the game. They made a good adjustment offensively in the second half and while we adjusted, we didn’t defend it well. We just didn‘t perform in the end”
In the fourth quarter, Abigail Darling connected on a 17-foot jumper on an assist from Morgan King at the 5:12 mark to give the Orange their first tie since 2-2 in the opening quarter. On the following play, Darling stole the ball at half court and scored on a lay-up to give them their first lead of the game. Darling finished with nine points, all scored in the second half and blocked six shots in the game.
“What a second half Abby had,” Orange head coach John Reynolds said. “Getting the boost that we did from her off the bench was huge because we got our confidence and momentum back.”
“I just love Abby,” Jessica Bain, who scored 13 points, said. “To come off the bench and do what she did. it’s stuff that she always does in practice.”
“It was great for her to step in like that,” Shannon Farrell, who scored eight points, said. “She kept hitting those elbow jumpers, and when she blocks shots she has such great hands.”
“We wanted to prove ourselves in the second half,” Darling said. “After the first jumper fell, that just boosted my confidence. It makes me proud that I could help out the team tonight.”