Yellow Jackets sting Lumberjacks

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake girls basketball team lost to a strong Madrid-Waddington team 52-19 Thursday night.

After holding Tupper Lake scoreless in the first period, Madrid led 21-8 at halftime.

“They’re a good defensive team. We played them a week ago. We were only down 17-12 at the half over there in Madrid, and they came out and put defensive pressure on us, and we didn’t react to it well,” Lumberjacks coach Jenn Cook said. “(Their coach) knew that. He came here and he basically put defensive pressure on us right away.”

Tupper Lake was led on offense by Amie Luton, who had five points. Lindsey Maroun, Malorie McLear and Katie Zurek each added four. Lizzie Zurek had two points and five rebounds.

“Lizzie probably gave us our best game tonight,” Cook said. “She was after every board. She’s the one who is not afraid to have the ball and withstood the pressure as much as she could, trying to create opportunities for us.”

Olivia Parmeter led Madrid with 12 points, while Tess Knight and Desiree Pryce each had eight.

“We executed. Our trap worked well. We had better spacing on offense than we had last night against Chateaugay,” Madrid coach Gary Tischler said. “Jenn is a great coach, so we had to be ready for this. So execution more than anything (was key). We had to share the ball.”

The Yellow Jackets also created a lot of turnovers that they converted to easy baskets on the other end of the court.

“We had 15 turnovers in the first half,” Cook said. “We ended up with 28 for the game. We have to learn to have the defensive pressure better.”

Tupper Lake returns to action Tuesday night when it travels to Chateaugay. The Lumberjacks then return home Thursday night for senior night against Parishville-Hopkinton.

“That’s an opportunity for us to get the win,” Cook said of the senior game. “We lost to them there but played one bad half. Hopefully, we can put two good halves together and beat them.”

AuSable Valley 70, Saranac Lake 24

CLINTONVILLE – The AuSable Valley girls basketball team built a 34-8 lead at halftime and went on to beat Saranac Lake 70-24 in Northern Basketball League action Thursday night.

Jenny Ward led the Red Storm in scoring with six points.

AuSable Valley’s Jeanna Manning and Madison Rondeau led all scorers with 12 points apiece. Manning connected on four of her five attempts from behind the 3-point line.


Ticonderoga 61, Lake Placid 46

TICONDEROGA – The Ticonderoga boys basketball team exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter to lock up a 61-46 Northern Basketball League victory over Lake Placid on Thursday.

Lake Placid’s Tarik Cecunjanin scored a game-high 21 points, while teammate Davis Moore chipped in nine.

The Sentinels led 29-26 at halftime and 38-35 at the end of three before outscoring the Blue Bombers 24-11 in the fourth quarter.

Anthony DuShane hit for 18 points and Garrison Hughes scored 16 to lead the way for Ticonderoga.