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LP boys, girls kick off hoops schedules

Alicia Brandes photo Blue Bombers guard Isabella Armstrong drives toward the basket during action against Seton Catholic on Friday, March 12 in Lake Placid.

The Blue Bombers varsity basketball seasons are underway.

The Lake Placid girls basketball team has a win and two losses in three games played during its condensed season.

The Blue Bombers kicked things off with a 45-39 road victory over Chazy on Thursday, March 11, and then suffered a pair of 5-point setbacks to Seton Catholic and Willsboro.

Deidra Kellerman and Arnita Cecunjanin each scored 10 points to pace Lake Placid to the win over the Eagles. Natalie Tavares, Nadia Phillip and Katie Coursen added eight points apiece in the Blue Bombers well-balanced offensive effort.

Lake Placid fell at home 25-20 to Seton Catholic in its next start on Friday, March 12.

Alicia Brandes photo Lake Placid’s Nicholas Marvin puts up a shot over Seton Catholic’s Kolbee LaPoint during a March 12 game on the Blue Bombers’ floor.

Kellerman led the Blue Bombers with seven points and Cecunjanin added four. Haley Murnane led the Knights with 11 points.

On Tuesday, Lake Placid’s girls had a tough time containing Willsboro’s Bella Harrison in a 40-35 loss to the Warriors. Harrsion dominated on offense and on the boards, finishing with a game-high 20 points and 24 rebounds. Cecunjanin led the Blue Bombers with 15 points in a losing effort and Kellerman chipped in five points.

Boys off to 2-0 start

Lake Placid’s boys started their varsity basketball season with a pair of wins against Chazy and Seton Catholic. In both games, the Blue Bombers rode a big first half to victory.

Lake Placid surged to a 28-2 edge at intermission on the way to notching a 51-26 victory over the Eagles in their opener on Wednesday, March 10 on the road. The Blue Bombers then knocked off the Knights 51-32 at home two days later in a game that saw Lake Placid hold Seton Catholic to just a single point in the second quarter.

Senior Matt Brandes led Lake Placid in scoring in both games. Against the Eagles, he dumped in 22 points and followed with a 13-point effort against the Knights.

Lake Placid head coach Brian Brandes said his team has been solid on defense in both games, especially in the early going.

“We came out and played extremely well defensively, with a steal and layup right off the bat,” Brandes said after the Chazy game. “The kids enjoyed themselves and all my bench got playing time.”

The Blue Bombers drained seven three-pointers in their season-opener. PJ Colby was Lake Placid’s next-high scorer in the game with seven points and Jack Armstrong, Zach Gavin and Hayden Tremblay added five each in the win.

Armstrong had a big day in Lake Placid’s win over Seton, tossing in 12 points.