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Lady Chiefs fall in state semis

Defeated by Irvington, 64-31

Saranac seniors Stephanie Linder, Alisha Ducatte, Morgan Maye, Victoria Phaneuf and Katie Gates watch during the final minutes of the Lady Chiefs loss against Irvington.

Saranac seniors Stephanie Linder, Alisha Ducatte, Morgan Maye, Victoria Phaneuf and Katie Gates watch during the final minutes of the Lady Chiefs loss against Irvington. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I am so proud of the girls on this team,” Linder said. “To get here is amazing. We have been together since third-and-fourth grade and no one can take that away from us and the way that we worked hard all the time for each other.”

Newell said that, while the farewells were tough, the team could look forward to another solid season with players like Kayla Napper, Kristen Napper and others returning.

“They are real coachable and intelligent young players,” he said. “They do everything correct, but we will need to develop that offensive confidence that Linder and Ducatte had for us this season.”

“They have a great group and I think they have all of this to look forward to again,” Linder said.

The Chiefs finished the season at 23-1, capturing the Section VII and Region II Class B titles. After the game, Ducatte was awarded with the sportsmanship award and Linder was named to the Final Four Tournament team.

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