Storm girls basketball runs away with 2nd win

TUPPER LAKE – The Saranac Lake girls team beat Tupper Lake for the second time in a week with a 42-26 win Monday night.

In the first game, the Red Storm were able run away with the game in the second quarter with a 14-3 run. This time, the Lumberjacks stepped up in the second quarter, outscoring the Red Storm 8-3.

That left the game tied at 20 heading into halftime, and it appeared that Tupper Lake would have the momentum in the second half.

However, the Red Storm forced a number of turnovers in the third quarter and hit more of their open shots as they went on a 16-8 run.

“We had 19 turnovers in the first half and I told them those are the two things we needed to fix, and we came out and we really didn’t fix those two things,” Lumberjacks coach Jenn Cook said. “So that cost us. Foul trouble and turnovers.”

Tupper Lake got a strong game from Lindsay Maroun, who is still making her way back from a major knee injury last season. Maroun knocked down 15 points to lead all scorers.

“She’s only going to progress as the season goes on,” Cook said. “She’s going to get more comfortable playing and hopefully that will help us out.”

Saranac Lake was led by Katelyn Hewitt’s 11 points and Jenny Ward’s 10 points. The duo accounted for more than half of the team’s points.

Saranac Lake coach Frank Johns said playing pressure defense on Tupper Lake point guard Lizzie Zurek helped force turnovers.

“They’re an improved team from the last time we played them, and we were having our problems with them,” he said. “But by playing man to man on their point guard really played havoc to them, and I think that was definitely the difference in the game.”

Tupper Lake is a pretty young team that is still trying to find itself. The ‘Jacks start a freshman, two sophomores, a junior and a senior. Last season much of the ball-handling and scoring was provided by Katie Stuart, one of the top players in the region, who has since graduated.

“Losing Katie made us figure out who we are,” Cook said. “We have to find people who want to step up and score for us.”

Saranac Lake improved to 2-0 with the win and Tupper Lake fell to 0-3.

Tupper Lake returns to action tonight at 7:30 p.m. at home against Colton-Pierrepont. Saranac Lake plays at Northeastern Clinton at 7 p.m. Wednesday.