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Bombers split home doubleheader

January 30, 2018
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid basketball teams split a home doubleheader Monday against the Indian Lake-Long Lake Orange.

The girls took the court first, and with Lillian Dechene and Maria Black leading the way, the Orange handed the Blue Bombers a 48-40 setback. The pair were a constant threat down low and from the outside as they combined for 37 points. Together, they knocked down seven 3-pointers. Dechene finished with a game-high 20 points and Black tossed in 17.

The Blue Bombers, who entered the game with an injury-depleted squad, stayed close most of the way but ultimately suffered from missed open shots and a 2-for-12 effort at the foul line.

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Diedra Kellerman takes aim at the basket for Lake Placid during Monday’s contest against Indian Lake-Long Lake. Kellerman, a freshman, was brought up from the junior varsity for the game and finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid closed to within three points past the midway point of the fourth quarter, but Dechene then came up big for the Orange, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the key and following with a layup to lift her team to an eight-point edge with just over two minutes left in the game.

Lake Placid was playing without injured starter Lindsey Rath, and the Blue Bombers' top scorer, Graci Daby, exited the game in the second half with an injury. To fill out the roster, Lake Placid brought up a trio of freshmen from the junior varsity team - Diedra Kellerman, Natalie Tavares and Grace Crawford - and all three turned in solid efforts.

Kellerman had a strong game inside the paint while hauling down 15 rebounds and finishing with 10 points, Tavares chipped in six points and Crawford finished with three points and seven rebounds. Senior point guard Camille Craig also scored 10 points for the Blue Bombers.

"We had our opportunities," Lake Placid coach Jeff Potter said. "But you don't win games when you miss five uncontested breakaway layups, shot 2-for-12 from the foul line and can't convert easy putbacks."

With the loss, Lake Placid fell to 5-8.



Lake Placid 47, Indian Lake-Long Lake 27

After watching their girls team fall in a close contest, Lake Placid's boys salvaged the night on their floor with a 47-27 victory over the Orange.

The Blue Bombers led 22-16 at halftime and then limited Indian Lake-Long Lake to just 11 points after intermission to claim the win.

Lake Placid benefited from a balanced offensive attack, with eight players producing points in the win. Junior Jacob Novick led the way with a game-high 14 points, and Matt Brandes, a freshman, was second in team scoring with nine points. Senior point guard Jarell Paul also chipped in seven points in the win.

Bryce Hutchins led Indian Lake-Long Lake with nine points and teammate Luke Rider added eight points.

The Lake Placid boys and girls teams are both on a stretch in their schedules competing against Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference southern division opponents, and tonight, they'll both embark on their longest road trip of the season when they travel for a doubleheader in Johnsburg.



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