Stuart leads Tupper girls to eighth straight

TUPPER LAKE -The Tupper Lake girls basketball team notched its eighth straight victory Friday with a 48-30 win over Parishville-Hopkinton.

Senior point guard Katie Stuart led the Lumberjacks with 30 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals and three blocked shots.

Parishville-Hopkinton coach Jeremy Zenger felt Stuart was the difference in the game.

“She’s a good basketball player – phenomenal,” Zenger said. “She also makes everyone else play better with her passing, moving without the ball.”

Stuart had it going from both the inside and outside. In the second half, she had a particularly soft touch, knocking down several long-distance jump shots. She had three 3-pointers after halftime.

“Since we had the lead I kind of felt like I could work on some stuff, and I didn’t feel bad if I was taking that shot, whereas if it was close game, I’d feel bad about it,” Stuart said.

Stuart also said she wanted to get her shooting stroke back since the team hasn’t played since Dec. 29 when it beat Norwood-Norfolk to win the St. Regis Tournament.

Lumberjacks coach Jenn Cook credited the Lumberjacks defensive pressure with getting the team off to a good start.

“For the last couple of weeks we’ve been working on a press,” Cook said. “We haven’t been the fast-breaking team we have been in the past and with all new bodies. It’s taken us half the season just to learn a press and be effective with it.”

In the first quarter, when the Lumberjacks forced numerous turnovers, they outscored Parishville-Hopkinton 22-2.

The game was never close after that as the Lumberjacks maintained a double-digit lead until the end.

Tupper Lake improved to 8-2 with the win, while Parishville-Hopkinton fell to 2-6.

Lindsey Maroun chipped in 10 points and five steals for the Lumberjacks before leaving the game with a leg injury in the second half. Teammate Lizzie Zurek had four points and eight rebounds.

Parishville-Hopkinton was led by Racheal Remington and Kodi Perkins, who each had eight points.

Next week, the Lumberjacks will try to keep up the momentum when they play two tough opponents. They travel to Madrid-Waddington on Monday and then host Chateaugay on Thursday. The games will be a good test for Tupper Lake to determine how good they are at this point.

Stuart said there are few things they need to concentrate on working on for next week.

“We definitely need to work on our half-court defense and boxing out and running the play through,” she said.