Saranac Lake girls race past Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – The Saranac Lake girls basketball team got off to a strong start on the way to beating Lake Placid 41-18 Wednesday.

The Red Storm jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter and never trailed from that point on.

“We had a much better shooting night tonight,” Red Storm coach Dave Zerrahn said. “We’ve been struggling offensively and struggling shooting. We worked on it for two days of practice, and you know it showed a little better tonight.”

The Red Storm used a balanced attack offensively. Regan Kieffer and Katie Buckley each scored 10 points, Jenny Ward had eight, Megan Kilory had six points and Megan Moody had five.

Although Moody only had five points, four of those came during a key run in the first period when she hit back-to-back layups to extend Saranac Lake’s lead to 10-2.

Lake Placid was led by Alexis Meliore’s eight points. Hanna Potter chipped in five.

“For our girls at the level we’re at right now, I think I was proud of the way we played,” Blue Bombers coach Jeff Potter said. “We don’t have a ballhandler, so it’s tough. Credit to Saranac Lake. They’ve got a core of basketball players that have worked together for many years under coach Zerrahn and they’ve played together and they’ve come through. I’ve got a lot of inexperienced players, so obviously that came through tonight in the final outcome.”

Zerrahn said he was pleased with the effort throughout the game. In the past, his team has had a let down for a few minutes each game.

“Tonight we played more consistent throughout,” Zerrahn said. “For us to make an impact coming down the road, that’s what we’re going to do. Just play consistent for 32 minutes.”

One thing that Zerrahn would like to work on is turning the ball over less.

“We still had some turnovers that we’re not going to be able to afford to have on Friday night against Plattsburgh High School, but we got tomorrow to work on it,” Zerrahn said.