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Lady Patriots cruise to matchup against Saranac

Taylor Saltus of AuSable Valley stretches for a pass against Saranac Lake defender Jenny Ward.

Taylor Saltus of AuSable Valley stretches for a pass against Saranac Lake defender Jenny Ward. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A balanced attack led the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots to the Section VII/Class B girls basketball semifinals with a 70-33 victory over Saranac Lake Feb. 18.

“I thought there were spots where our offense struggled, but overall it was a good night for us,” Patriots head coach Roger Long said after the game. “It was a good team effort.”

Taylor Saltus (11.1 ppg) and Logan Snow (10.0 ppg) scored 15 points each for the Patriots, who scored their 14th win of the season (14-4). Meghan Strong (12.7) scored 10 points and provided strong play from the point guard position.

Late in the first half, the Patriots went on a run with Strong scoring the first two points and then assisting on the next four in transition for easy baskets.

Jeanna Manning added 7 points for the Patriots, while Madison Rondeau and Vanessa Garrow each scored 6, Sydney Snow added 5, Emily McDonald 2, Kourtney Keenan 2 and Madison McCabe 2.

The Patriots will next face Saranac in the Class B semifinals Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Plattsburgh High School gym.

“They were two very close games and we were very fortunate to come out of them 2-0,” Long said. “We know this is going to be a tough, competitive game.”

For the Lady Red Storm (4-14), Katie Buckley connected on four three-pointers as she scored 21 of her teams’ 33 points. Talia McDonough added 4 points, with Shanna Buckley and Jenny Ward scoring 3 points and Selena Baillargeon.

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